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West Virginia Hasn't Scratched Surface Of Its Potential

West Virginia will not be No. 1 for the first time in 57 years when the polls come out this afternoon, but the Mountaineers believe they’re close after beating top-ranked Kansas on Tuesday and playing to the buzzer with No. 2 Oklahoma in Saturday’s 70-68 loss.

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News Of Note

Football:

Football Announces 2015 Season Award Winners | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University Football Coach Dana Holgorsen has announced the Mountaineers’ award winners for outstanding performance during the 2015 season.

Basketball:

Huggins: WVU hasn't yet scratched surface of its potential | The Exponent Telegram
Considering that West Virginia is coming off a week in which it defeated the nation’s No. 1 team in Kansas and lost at the wire on the road to the No. 2, Oklahoma, one would think Coach Bob Huggins would have to be manufacturing problems with his Mountaineers’ play to keep them going.

WVU players feel team proved it is ‘one of the best’ | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia will not be No. 1 for the first time in 57 years when the polls come out this afternoon, but the Mountaineers believe they’re close after beating top-ranked Kansas on Tuesday and playing to the buzzer with No. 2 Oklahoma in Saturday’s 70-68 loss.

WVU's defensive play stands out in defeat | The Exponent Telegram
The circumstances were tough ones, for it came while West Virginia’s basketball team was locked up in a war of a game at Oklahoma, playing against the nation’s No. 2 on its home floor in a game the Mountaineers were destined to lose, 70-68.

WVU very good, has a chance to be great | Beckley Register-Herald
Had West Virginia made a few foul shots, this column space likely would have been devoted to making a case for the Mountaineers at No. 1 in the Associated Press poll. But a 13 of 22 mark at the free throw line kept WVU from downing No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Oklahoma in the same week.

Free throw shooting Achilles heel for WVU | The Exponent Telegram
All season long Bob Huggins has preached that bad free throw shooting, sooner or later, was going to take a bite of his team’s rear end. Turned out he was quite prophetic, for it happened, you might say, "Sooner".

No. 11 West Virginia unable to pull off historic week of upsets | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia came agonizingly close to posting a historic week of basketball. Khadeem Lattin’s tip-in with one second remaining gave No. 2 Oklahoma a 70-68 victory Saturday against the 11th-ranked Mountaineers.

Mountaineers can’t land 1-2 punch but prove they’re legit | WV MetroNews
A last-second loss at Oklahoma capped a momentous week for West Virginia.

Kruger: West Virginia chased OU out if its ‘comfort zone’ | WV MetroNews
Second-ranked Oklahoma scored fewer than 80 points for only the third time this season, nearly bottomed out efficiency-wise and fed 18 turnovers to No. 11 West Virginia’s defense.

70-68 loss at No. 2 Oklahoma could stall Top 10 ranking | Beckley Register-Herald
That truly was a heartbreaking last-second 70-68 basketball loss for West Virginia University’s men on Saturday afternoon on the road. It was of those give-or-take struggles the Mountaineers had a chance to win but a last-second shot fell into the basket for Oklahoma.

No. 2 Oklahoma escapes with 70-68 win over WVU | Charleston Gazette-Mail
In the left corner of the court stood the Big 12’s best and scariest offensive player, and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield was three points shy of his 10th straight 20-point game. The score tied, the clock ticking toward zero and defender Tarik Phillip mirroring every movement, West Virginia’s defense had things exactly as it wanted.

Tip-in foils West Virginia’s upset bid at No. 2 Oklahoma | WV MetroNews
Khadeem Lattin, the only Oklahoma starter not averaging double-figures, provided Saturday’s biggest bucket, a tip-in with 2.8 seconds left that gave the No. 2 Sooners a 70-68 win over No. 11 West Virginia and created a four-way tie atop the Big 12.

Watch: Huggins breaks down near-miss at Oklahoma | WV MetroNews
Hear coach Bob Huggins’ comments after West Virginia fell to No. 2 Oklahoma 70-68 in the closing seconds Saturday.

Photo gallery: Big 12 mega-matchup goes down to the wire | WV MetroNews
Check out the images from No. 11 West Virginia facing No. 2 Oklahoma on Saturday.

WVU Tops Kansas for Carey's 600th Career Win | WVU Athletics
A smothering defense helped the West Virginia University women’s basketball team pick up a 72-35 victory over Kansas at the WVU Coliseum. Saturday’s victory gave coach Mike Carey his 600th overall career win in 28 years of coaching at the collegiate level.

WVU smothers Kansas for Carey's 600th win | The Exponent Telegram
A smothering defense helped the West Virginia women’s basketball team pick up a 72-35 victory over Kansas at the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU Breaks Own NCAA Record in Win, Again | WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team broke its own NCAA record, set just five days ago, with an aggregate score of 4740 to beat Great American Rifle Conference foe No. 15 Akron, 4740-4621, earlier today, inside the WVU Rifle Range.

Come March Madness, expect West Virginia and Oklahoma in the Final Four | Heartland College Sports
Boasting five teams in the AP Top 25, the Big 12 Conference could potentially land multiple teams in the Final Four.  Like football, the Big 12 Conference basketball features high octane, exciting offenses that can score at will, shoot threes or pound you inside.  That spells a recipe for success in March Madness.

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