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Depth Key As West Virginia Faces Injury-Riddled Oklahoma State

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After ending a two-game slide Monday evening, the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers are out to continue building off a huge victory over No. 17 Iowa State.

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News Of Note

Football:

Six Mountaineers set to participate in NFL Combine | Exponent Telegram
A group of six former West Virginia football players are currently in Indianapolis for the most important handful of days of their football careers at the NFL Scouting Combine.

And now, the other side | WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Namely, I think Shane Lyons has stepped into the batter’s box and taken his stance, but I also think that in the absence of edicts we’re not quite sure we know what’s good, what’s acceptable and what’s not over at the Puskar Center.

Basketball:

Depth key as No. 14 WVU faces injury-riddled OSU | The Daily Athenaeum
After ending a two-game slide Monday evening, the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers are out to continue building off a huge victory over No. 17 Iowa State.

WVU sophomore guards take step back, but still hold promise | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The nine days and three games left in the regular season give West Virginia a little time to fix something that’s given the Mountaineers a lot of worry. Starting guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles, sophomores who played significant roles on a Sweet 16 team a season ago, are not who their coach thought they’d be. Not yet, at least.

Mountaineers hope to capture win on Senior Night against OSU | The Daily Athenaeum
Before heading out on the road to wrap up the regular season, the West Virginia women’s basketball team will play its final home game of the season on Saturday against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. This time around, it’s a battle for conference seeding.

Baseball:

Baseball Begins 11-Day Roadtrip at UNLV | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team begins an 11-day, three-city roadtrip with a three-game series at UNLV from Feb. 26-28.

WVU continues season-opening trip with three games at UNLV | The Daily Athenaeum
The season is in full swing for the West Virginia University baseball team, as the Mountaineers continue their season-opening road trip with a three-game series at UNLV this weekend.

West Virginia Athletics:

No. 1 WVU Qualifies for NCAA Championships | WVU Athletics
The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team has earned a bid to the 2016 NCAA National Championships, as announced this evening by the NCAA Rifle Committee.

No. 1 Mountaineers set to defend GARC title this weekend | The Daily Athenaeum
While the West Virginia University rifle team has already punched its ticket to the NCAA Championship, the team will still be in action this weekend before a trip to Akron in March.

Duo to Compete at European Championship | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University seniors Michael Bamsey and Meelis Kiisk are set to shoot at the 2016 Rifle/Pistol/Running Target European Championship, which opened today at the Audi Arena in Gyor, Hungary, and will continue through Feb. 28.

Around The League

Around The NCAA:

Culture Clash: Title IX suit shines light on problems with Tennessee athletics | SI.com
The recent Title IX lawsuit brought against Tennessee has helped shine a light on the troubling culture within the UT athletic department, thought by many on campus to be corrosive and hostile to women.

LSU's trainwreck season is dragging Ben Simmons down with it | SBNation
Ben Simmons and LSU have been one of college basketball's talked about team for the past four months and everyone, the Tigers included, seem to be tired of it.

Rutgers is the worst major conference basketball team we've ever seen | SBNation
Even compared to other teams that lost every conference game, Rutgers is bad.

Recruiting

The Lunch: In-state recruiting gains acclaim for 2017 | WV MetroNews
When it comes to FBS recruits, West Virginia typically has been a fly-over, drive-around or ignore-entirely state. However, talent has spiked for the Class of 2017, with five players landing multiple offers from Power 5 schools.

What's On Tap

(14) West Virginia Mountaineers vs Oklahoma State Cowboys
Saturday at 6PM EST on ESPNU from Stillwater. The Mountaineers look to complete the regular season sweep of the Cowboys.

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