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West Virginia Advances To Face Hield And The Sooners

Before you win a Big 12 tournament championship, you have to first win a Big 12 tournament game, and West Virginia got that out of the way finally on Thursday night.


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News Of Note


WVU Wears Down TCU to Advance in Big 12 Tourney | WVU Athletics
If you studied the box scores from the two prior West Virginia-TCU basketball games this season you will notice two clear things: one, lots of fouls - which happened tonight - and, two, accurate West Virginia shooting - which occurred as well.

WVU tops TCU in Big 12 tournament | Exponent Telegram
Before you win a Big 12 tournament championship, you have to first win a Big 12 tournament game, and West Virginia got that out of the way finally on Thursday night.

WVU takes first Big 12 step | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia crossed another item off its list. WVU snapped a five-year losing streak in conference tournaments by beating TCU 86-66 Thursday at the Sprint Center.

TCU's season ends with blowout loss to West Virginia | FOX Sports
Devin Williams had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead a balanced West Virginia attack, and the ninth-ranked Mountaineers never trailed in an 86-66 victory over TCU in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament Thursday night.

3-point follow: West Virginia 86, TCU 66 | WV MetroNews
Allan Taylor weighs in from the Sprint Center on the finer points of the Mountaineers' win.

Mountaineers put down TCU, 86-66 | WV MetroNews
Despite being outrebounded much of the game and lacking its usual turnover surplus, No. 9 West Virginia advanced to its first Big 12 semifinal by putting to rest last-place TCU.

Photo gallery: WVU advances to Big 12 semifinals | WV MetroNews
Images from No. 9 West Virginia's win over TCU in the Thursday night quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.


Baseball Hosts ODU in Home-Opening Series | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team hosts Old Dominion this weekend in the home-opening series at Monongalia County Ballpark on March 11-13.

Mazey, WVU eager to open home slate | Exponent Telegram
Even West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey couldn't believe the words as they came out of his mouth.

Mountaineers return to Morgantown for Friday’s home opener | The Daily Athenaeum
After traveling more than 10,000 miles in 12 days, the West Virginia University baseball team will host its first game of the season at 3 p.m. on Friday at Monongalia County Ballpark.

West Virginia Athletics:

West Virginia Shoots for Fourth Straight National | WVU Athletics
After two weeks of preparation, the No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team will shoot for its fourth consecutive and nation-best 18th national title at the 2016 NCAA Championships, hosted by Akron on March 11-12, at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletics Field House, in Akron, Ohio.

WVU Heads to Seminole Intercollegiate | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University golf team resumes spring competition this week as the Mountaineers travel to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Seminole Intercollegiate March 11-13. The three-round tournament will be hosted by Florida State at Southwood Golf Club.

WVU looks for fourth straight national title | The Daily Athenaeum
While much of Morgantown’s attention is focused on Kansas City this weekend for the Big 12 Basketball tournament, something much bigger will happen in Akron, Ohio. As "Press Virginia" attempts to topple the Jayhawks, the Mountaineer rifle team will play the same role as Kansas, trying to defend a title it has controlled for several years.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Big 12 expansion talk is being twisted by Oklahoma egomaniac David Boren | The Kansas City Star
The Big 12’s showcase event, its conference basketball tournament, is in Kansas City this week. But among the league’s leaders, the basketball is a backdrop for a conversation about possible expansion, which is being clouded by Oklahoma David Boren’s unnecessary and counterproductive airing of grievences.

Baylor Bears' rise could inspire Iowa State Cyclones football | ESPN
Here are five things Iowa State can absorb from Baylor's rise and use to inspire a similar ascent by the Cyclones' program under Matt Campbell.

3-point follow: Kansas 85, K-State 63 | WV MetroNews
The Jayhawks' dual point guards were efficient, Perry Ellis got most of what he wanted and K-State offered little resistance.

3-point follow: Baylor 75, Texas 61 | WV MetroNews
The Bears dominated UT on Thursday—just as they did in Austin two weeks ago—and now Shaka Smart's team has dropped five of nine.

Recap: Iowa State Falls to Oklahoma in Big 12 Tournament Opener | Wide Right & Natty Lite
Oklahoma rode a monster night from star player Buddy Hield and sent the Cyclones home early from Kansas City.

Vintage Buddy Hield Leads Oklahoma Sooners To 79-76 Win Over Vintage Georges Niang And Iowa State | Crimson And Cream Machine
Over the last four months Oklahoma's Buddy Hield and Iowa State's Georges Niang have showcased their talents as two of the Big 12's top basketball players. On Thursday night, in Kansas City, the two seniors showed off in what was most likely the final time the two would face each other at the collegiate level.

Hield’s 39 sends Sooners into semifinal matchup vs. WVU | WV MetroNews
Buddy Hield and Iowa State's Georges Niang faced off for 70 points before Oklahoma advanced late Thursday night.

Around The NCAA:

How Jim Harbaugh turned a regular Michigan practice into a Florida circus | SBNation
Thousands of soon-to-be sunburnt Wolverines fans loved watching a standard day of drills, but they weren't exactly the most important audience.

The Solid Verbal: Why Tom Herman is in no rush to leave Houston | SBNation
Let's talk to last December's least eligible (coaching job) bachelor!

Kentucky has turned Skal Labissiere into the special prospect he was always supposed to be | SBNation
John Calipari is letting Skal be Skal, and it's impossible to argue with the results.

Ivy League to Add Four Team Conference Tournament | Mid-Major Madness
After a lot of speculation the Ivy League will add a conference tournament in 2017.

What's On Tap

2016 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri


#3 Oklahoma Sooners vs #2 West Virginia Mountaineers
Tonight at 9PM ET on ESPN2. The Mountaineers hope the third time will be the charm as they face the Sooners to advance in the tournament.

#5 Baylor Bears vs #1 Kansas Jayhawks
Tonight at 7PM ET on ESPN2. The Jayhawks are 6 point favorites.

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