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West Virginia Hopes To Keep First Place Away From Kansas

The West Virginia University men’s basketball team has pulled ahead into sole possession of first place in the Big 12, but the Mountaineers’ reign at the top might not last long.

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News Of Note

Football:

Signing Day Leftovers | WVU Athletics
Notes and quotes from last Wednesday's signing day.

Breaking down West Virginia's 2016 recruiting class | Concerning sports...
SBNation's Ian Boyd breaks down West Virginia's newest signing class.

Basketball:

WVU hopes to keep first-place bone from Jayhawks | Beckley Register-Herald
Head coach Bob Huggins likes that position a game in front of the rest of the pack, but he also knows it just means the final eight regular season games are going to be more difficult that ever.

No. 10 WVU tries to pull off a rare feat, beating No. 6 Kansas at the Phog | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team has pulled ahead into sole possession of first place in the Big 12, but the Mountaineers’ reign at the top might not last long.

WVU on the hunt for first win at Kansas | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia wasn’t ranked in the preseason polls. It made the top 10 for the second time this season Monday, when the media and coaches both placed the Mountaineers at No. 10.

Even if Holton remains sidelined, Mountaineers won’t fear Phog | WV MetroNews
Coach Bob Huggins says 10th-ranked West Virginia "probably won’t have Jon Holton" when it visits No. 6 Kansas on Tuesday night.

No. 10 WVU travels to No. 6 Kansas | The Exponent Telegram
West Virginia goes into the madhouse that is Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse tonight — riding the wave of two straight victories over ranked teams to propel the Mountaineers into sole possession of first place in the Big 12 — but they "probably" will be doing it without the services of senior forward Jonathan Holton for the 7 p.m. tip to be televised on ESPN2.

Gold & Blue Lunch: Daring to dream of a Final Four? | WV MetroNews
Some 58 years lapsed since West Virginia defeated top-15 teams in consecutive games, but don’t bother looking to see the last time the Mountaineers knocked off three in a row. That hasn’t happened.

Miles answers Huggins ‘chewing’ with season-best performance | WV MetroNews
Sophomore guard says mechanics and mindset are aligned as West Virginia preps for Tuesday's return to Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

Mark it down: West Virginia should be Big 12 favorites | Heartland College Sports
News came out last weekend that Jonathan Holton was suspended indefinitely from the WVU basketball team. At the time, it felt like a huge hit to the team, and something that may doom their chances at winning the Big 12 and ending Kansas’ 11-year dominance of the conference.

West Virginia Athletics:

Izzo-Brown signs four new freshmen for next year | The Daily Athenaeum
Following the best season in West Virginia University women’s soccer program history, the team announced four new members on National Signing Day last week.

LeBlanc brings in lofty 15 signees to Mountaineer program | The Daily Athenaeum
After the departure of seven of its seniors after the 2015 season, the West Virginia men’s soccer team announced the addition of 15 players in its latest Signing Day.

What's On Tap

(10) West Virginia Mountaineers vs (6) Kansas Jayhawks
Tonight at 7PM on ESPN2 from Lawrence, KS. The Mountaineers can increase its chances of ending the Jayhawks' 11-year reign when they visit Allen Fieldhouse aiming for an unprecedented season sweep.

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