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West Virginia Enter Season Finale Against Baylor On An Upswing

After 11 games and 13 weeks West Virginia arrives at a place Saturday that it’s been looking forward to for a long, long time.

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News Of Note


WVU football enters regular-season finale on upswing | Charleston Gazette-Mail
After 11 games and 13 weeks — the last seven of each without a break, as subtle signs of attrition continue to challenge but still not conquer the team — West Virginia arrives at a place Saturday that it’s been looking forward to for a long, long time

Pettaway provided punch Cyclones didn’t expect | WV MetroNews
Remember four days ago, when West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said he was thankful he didn’t unwrap the packaging on freshman Martell Pettaway against Oklahoma? That statement became ripe for revision Saturday when Pettaway — 11 minutes into the 11th game of what looked to be a redshirt season — took the field for the first time. And promptly took off.

Pettaway Named Newcomer of the Week | WVU Athletics
Martell Pettaway has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.


Huggins hopes long film session pays off | The Exponent Telegram
West Virginia returns to the court at 7 p.m. today at the Coliseum to take on Manhattan in the final game of the NIT Tip-Off Classic in the shadow of what coach Bob Huggins termed "a calamity of errors" in its upset loss to Temple on Friday.

WVU men’s basketball tries to bounce back vs. Manhattan | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia men’s basketball team will get one more taste of New York on Monday night, this time at the WVU Coliseum. The No. 19 Mountaineers conclude their NIT Season Tip-Off experience at 7 p.m. Monday against Manhattan. Root Sports Pittsburgh will televise the game.

WVU Downs High Point for 7-0 Start | WVU Athletics
Four Mountaineers eclipsed double-figures with Tynice Martin’s 21 points leading the way in the No. 19/23-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team’s 82-59 victory over High Point on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.


WVU commits making big impact late in playoffs | Charleston Gazette-Mail
As the intensity of playoff football ratchets up with each week, so is the level at which West Virginia commits are performing. With their teams advancing further and further into their respective state playoffs, several future Mountaineers are putting on monumental performances to help their teams get there.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Big 12 Week 13 helmet stickers: WVU freshman makes impact in debut | ESPN
Martell Pettaway lost his redshirt but gained 181 yards in West Virginia's victory at Iowa State.

Big 12 Week 13 Power Rankings: Bedlam for it all | ESPN
It's Bedlam for all the marbles. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State -- Nos. 1 and 2 in the power rankings -- meet with the Big 12 title on the line.

First step in Tom Herman's takeover of Texas: alignment | ESPN
A lesson learned under Urban Meyer -- making sure every person in his program is committed to his vision -- is Tom Herman's mission with the Longhorns.

Around The NCAA:

Presenting The 2016 Piesman Ballot | SBNation
It's time to give college football's linemen their due, and your vote counts.

10 things to remember about Michigan-Ohio State, 2016’s greatest college football game | SBNation
It was almost impossible to live up to the massive hype. Almost.

Thank you, ACC football, for being so much more fun to watch than the SEC | SBNation
This is The Top Whatever, Spencer Hall’s weekly ranking of only the teams he feels like ranking today.

New bowl projections after Rivalry Weekend: What will the Playoff do with the Big Ten? | SBNation
Below, updated picks for every 2016-2017 bowl game, from the New Orleans Bowl through the National Championship.

Michigan and Ohio State fans are analyzing the hell out of that controversial play | SBNation
As you can see here, there are definitely many images on the internet showing parts of this play.


The Solid Verbal: Rivalry Week was fun and cleared nothing up | SBNation
That's cool, though, more for us to talk about.

Video Of Interest

Video Of (Dis)Interest

We took our 5-year old to watch Moana last night and this is stuck in my head, SO NOW IT CAN BE STUCK IN YOURS TOO! (Seriously though, Moana is an excellent movie. If you have kids, go see it. If you don't...go see it anyway!) Everything The Rock touches is gold.

Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model that has appeared in multiple Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. CLICK HERE for Julie Henderson's Instagram.