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West Virginia Set To Host Top-Ranked Kansas Tonight

If you like exciting, high-level, down-to-the-wire, major college basketball then the WVU Coliseum is where you want to be on Tuesday night when top-ranked Kansas and No. 11 West Virginia hook up.

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News Of Note

Football:

Ranking the early impacts for West Virginia’s 9 midyear enrollees | WV MetroNews
Nine midterm enrollees have joined the West Virginia football program, giving them a leg up on winter conditioning and spring practice.

Holgorsen, Wickline could be good match | The Exponent Telegram
That Dana Holgorsen chose Joe Wickline as his choice to become offensive coordinator next season is hardly a stunning turn of events, considering that Wickline helped him conceive the diamond formation which he has used so successfully at West Virginia back when the two were on Mike Gundy’s coaching staff at Oklahoma State in 2010.

Basketball:

Can ‘Press Virginia’ rock the No. 1 Jayhawks? | WV MetroNews
As players convened for Monday afternoon’s practice inside the empty WVU Coliseum, Elijah Macon speculated on how the atmosphere would ramp up to rowdiness by Tuesday night.

Big dog on the porch: No. 1 Kansas visits WVU tonight | Beckley Register-Herald
Just nine times in the 112 years of West Virginia University basketball have the Mountaineers played a team ranked No. 1 in the country. Just five times, has that top-ranked team come to Morgantown.

WVU, Top-Ranked KU to Meet on Tuesday | WVU Athletics
If you like exciting, high-level, down-to-the-wire, major college basketball then the WVU Coliseum is where you want to be on Tuesday night when top-ranked Kansas and No. 11 West Virginia hook up.

No. 11 WVU set to host top-ranked Kansas | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Bob Huggins has witnessed and accomplished plenty in the first 1,092 games of his career, but tonight will be the first time in his 34 years as a head coach he’s played host to a No. 1-ranked team.

The Self-aware Lunch preps for Kansas-WVU : ‘It’ll be a war’ | WV MetroNews
Bill Self’s pregame appraisal of Tuesday night’s Kansas-West Virginia game? "It’ll be a war." The last three meetings certainly were.

WVU can repeat the feat tonight against the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks | The Daily Athenaeum
Seven straight victories and the program’s first-ever 3-0 start to Big 12 play have the No. 11 West Virginia University men’s basketball team ready for more, and the opponent is all too familiar with Morgantown.

One year ago, Juwan Staten spun and scored a famous game winner | The Daily Athenaeum
Kansas was not only a top-10 team, it had a roster chock-full of McDonald’s All-Americans and future pros, including one-and-done NBA first-round pick Kelly Oubre Jr.

West Virginia, No. 6/7 Baylor Face Off Tuesday | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team hits the road to take on No. 6/7-ranked Baylor on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in an 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT tipoff at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Carey looks for 600th career victory | The Exponent Telegram
West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey will be seeking his 600th victory as a college coach when his hits the road to take on No. 6 Baylor at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Carey’s 600th win no easy task as WVU faces Baylor | The Daily Athenaeum
The 14-3 West Virginia University women’s basketball team heads to Waco, Texas on Tuesday to face the No. 6 Baylor Bears as Mountaineer head coach Mike Carey will be aiming for his 600th career win in 28 seasons.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU Resumes Competition vs. No. 5 Alaska-Fairbanks | WVU Athletics
Following six weeks away from competition, the No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team resumes action with a match against nonconference opponent No. 5 Alaska-Fairbanks on Tuesday, Jan. 12, inside the WVU Rifle Range. The match is set to begin at 8 a.m.

WVU faces Alaska-Fairbanks in rematch of last year’s classic NCAA final | The Daily Athenaeum
Following a nearly two-month hiatus, the West Virginia University rifle team faces its toughest opponent of the season today. The matchup, featuring a rematch of last year’s national championship, will decide who will be the nation’s top team as the second half of the season gets into full swing.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Big 12 'likely' to be able to have championship game without expanding, per source | SBNation
Changes to deregulation proposals could give the Big 12 what it wants without having to add more teams.

Penn State Nittany Lions WR Geno Lewis to transfer to Oklahoma Sooners | ESPN
Penn State wideout Geno Lewis, who graduated in December, announced Monday that he will transfer to Oklahoma for his final season of eligibility.

Fifteen Big 12 players scheduled to play in Senior Bowl | ESPN
The Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 30 in Mobile, Alabama, will have a strong Big 12 feel to it.

Around The NCAA:

Clemson vs. Alabama final score: Crimson Tide win national championship in 45-40 classic | SBNation
Alabama rolls again.

Deshaun Watson is officially a megastar after his Vince Young-like performance vs. Bama | SBNation
We've never seen anything quite like what Deshaun Watson did last night.

Nick Saban's onside kick call turned Bama's biggest weakness into a championship | SBNation
Special teams has been Alabama's glaring area of imperfection during its dynasty run, and since when does Saban break out surprise trick plays?

Nick Saban's now just shy of Bear Bryant in the record books, but what about in Alabama lore? | SBNation
Bear status in Tuscaloosa is about more than just winning a ton of titles.

Final college football rankings: Alabama, Clemson top post-Championship AP Poll | SBNation
The Crimson Tide finish No. 1 with Clemson at No. 2 and Stanford third.

Lane Kiffin celebrated Bama's title by missing the team bus and getting stranded at the stadium | SBNation
Even when Lane wins, he loses.

What's On Tap

(1) Kansas Jayhawks vs. (11) West Virginia Mountaineers
Tonight at 7PM on ESPN2 from Morgantown. The Mountaineers face off against the country's top team, as they look to remain unbeaten in Big 12 play.

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