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West Virginia hopes to avoid upset in Lubbock against Texas Tech

They say history repeats itself but Bob Huggins hopes that’s not true, at least not as far as his newly anointed No. 7 Mountaineer men’s basketball team.

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Basketball:

Mountaineers hope to avoid upset in Lubbock | The Exponent Telegram
They say history repeats itself but Bob Huggins hopes that’s not true, at least not as far as his newly anointed No. 7 Mountaineer men’s basketball team, for it faces a very similar task at 9:15 p.m. tonight when it travels to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech’s unranked and underrated Red Raiders.

WVU Faces Texas Tech Tuesday Night | WVU Athletics
Another Big 12 game means another big-time challenge for Bob Huggins’ seventh-ranked West Virginia University men’s basketball team when his Mountaineers travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on the 11-2 Red Raiders in a late, 9:15 p.m. game Tuesday night that will be televised nationally on ESPNEWS.

Texas Tech’s Aaron Ross gets another shot to knock off WVU | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia never knows what it’s going to get from Aaron Ross, Texas Tech’s chameleon of a forward who can play inside and prosper on the perimeter, who can dribble and pass, who can start games and come off the bench. For a few years now, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins has considered the 6-foot-8 senior one of the trickiest matchups in the Big 12, a conference replete with similar challenges. The Red Raiders won’t disagree, but first-year coach Chris Beard has a different appreciation for Ross.

Bob Knight an influence on Huggs, Beard | The Exponent Telegram
You look at the really good coaches in almost any sport and you realize a couple of things, the first being that each seems to have a guru, a coach in his background who laid the foundation or what he does and how he approaches it. With Bob Huggins, it was his father, Charlie, a Hall of Fame high school coach.

No. 17 WVU Hosts No. 2 Baylor on Wednesday | WVU Athletics
The No. 17/12-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team opens its Big 12 home schedule with No. 2/4 Baylor on Wednesday, Jan. 4, in a 7 p.m. tipoff at the WVU Coliseum.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Best plays, biggest surprises: Big 12 end-of-season superlatives | ESPN
Texas running back Foreman's 74-yard touchdown run on one shoe was among the Big 12's wild and wacky highlights this season.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Sooners cruise to Sugar Bowl win | ESPN
Oklahoma ran roughshod over Auburn after the Tigers lost QB Sean White early in the game, winning the Sugar Bowl in convincing fashion.

Oklahoma crushes Auburn in the Sugar Bowl, giving Bob Stoops an SEC talking point | SBNation
Auburn’s QB got hurt, and the Sooners blew past the Tigers.

Baker Mayfield breaks Russell Wilson’s all-time passing record after Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl | SBNation
What a year.

Around The NCAA:

USC’s last-second win over Penn State was everything that’s great about the Rose Bowl | SBNation
That was the wildest bowl this ancient stadium has ever hosted.

Steve Sarkisian started the season as a TV analyst. He’ll end as Bama’s title-game OC | SBNation
That escalated quickly.

Lane Kiffin’s now left 4 straight jobs in weirdly dramatic fashion | SBNation
This is not easy to pull off.

Sam Darnold breaks Vince Young's Rose Bowl record, and 18 more wild numbers from USC-PSU | SBNation
Some numbers to illustrate the awesomeness.

Mike Krzyzewski will take leave of absence from Duke basketball after back surgery | SBNation
A strange 2016-17 season for preseason national title favorite Duke just keeps getting stranger.

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