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Nichols to Battle Mixed Emotions Saturday | WVU Athletics
Darris Nichols admits he’s going to have plenty of mixed emotions when he sees his old team sitting on the other side of the scorer’s table on Saturday afternoon when Florida plays West Virginia in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Huggins set for reunion with Nichols | The Exponent Telegram
When West Virginia goes to Gainesville on Saturday afternoon for its SEC-Big 12 Challenge made-for-TV conflict with the University of Florida, it is going to bring back a lot of memories for coach Bob Huggins.
WVU takes Big 12 break, plays at Florida Saturday | The Daily Athenaeum
In the middle of the grueling Big 12 schedule, the West Virginia University men’s basketball team will go on the road this weekend to face a tough opponent. But the Mountaineers aren’t going to be facing Kansas, Oklahoma or Baylor – instead, WVU will be taking on SEC opponent Florida in the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge,.This year, the challenge is occurring as a non-conference oasis in the middle of conference play.
WVU’s Holton suspended indefinitely for violating team rules | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia starting forward Jon Holton, the team’s most energetic performer and arguably its most consistent contributor in Big 12 play, has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
Holton suspension strikes as WVU enters stretch of marquee games | WV MetroNews
Senior forward Jonathan Holton, the front man on West Virginia’s press and its most active rebounder of late, was suspended indefinitely Thursday night for a violation of team rules.
Depth remains big plus for WVU basketball | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia only needed two starting lineups in the first 19 games of the season. They made a change Tuesday against Kansas State and will need another Saturday for a road game against Florida.
No. 24 West Virginia heads to Waco in bid to upset No. 4 Baylor in major Big 12 test | The Daily Athenaeum
In what may be its most meaningful game this season, the No. 24 ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team will attempt to upset the No. 4 ranked Baylor Lady Bears (20-1, 7-1 Big 12) this Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.
West Virginia Athletics:
No. 1 WVU heads down stretch, faces No. 10 NC State | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University rifle team will be back in action this weekend, hosting North Carolina State following two weeks off.
WVU Travels to VT, Hosts NC State | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University wrestling team will face a pair of top-10 foes this weekend, as the Mountaineers travel to Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Friday to face No. 10 Virginia Tech on Friday at 7 p.m. before returning home to host No. 3 NC State in a 1 p.m. match at the WVU Coliseum on Sunday.
Around The Big XII:
Big 12 roundtable: Recruiting storylines heading into signing day | ESPN
It's a critical weekend for every school, and perhaps especially at Texas and Oklahoma.
Move to Big 12 has helped TCU Horned Frogs on recruiting trail | ESPN
Being a member of the Big 12 has been a big boost to TCU in terms of star power and the depth of its roster.
Around The NCAA:
Why are college basketball fans refusing to take Iowa seriously? | SBNation
Fran McCaffery's Hawkeyes are one of the sport's elite teams according to every ranking system imaginable, and yet nobody seems willing to label Iowa as a national championship favorite. Here's an attempt to explain why.
One Shining Podcast: Reevaluating the best freshmen in college basketball | SBNation
Which top recruits in the class of 2015 have lived up to the hype? Which haven't? We take a look back at the 5-star prospects in the last recruiting class and discuss their current and future outlooks.
(9) West Virginia Mountaineers vs Florida Gators
Saturday at Noon on ESPN from Gainsville, FL. The Mountaineers kick off the Big 12/SEC Challenge without the services of Jonathan Holton.
Nick Kwiatkoski won a one-on-one matchup during Senior Bowl practice yesterday and got some love from KJ Dillon.
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