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Lack of effort leads to another near-collapse for West Virginia

A 20-point lead with 19 minutes to play isn’t necessarily a sure thing. A 13-point cushion with 1:33 should be.

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News Of Note

Basketball:

Huggins paying little mind to mailed-in free-throw advice for WVU basketball | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The topic of free-throw shooting has been on Bob Huggins’ mind for quite some time. Now it’s in his mailbox. The West Virginia coach who has suffered two losses this season that were greatly shaped by struggles at the foul line watched his players go 3-for-8 in the final minutes Saturday as Texas A&M turned a 20-point deficit into a two-point game. The Mountaineers survived when sophomore Esa Ahmad went 2-for-2 with 4 seconds to go after going 4-for-10 before that.

Near-collapse leaves West Virginia looking inwardly | WV MetroNews
After three years of retching up the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, perhaps West Virginia shouldn’t be choosy about the manner in which it finally sipped prosperity.

No. 22 West Virginia Falls at No. 12 Texas | WVU Athletics
The No. 22-ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 12-point fourth quarter run by No. 12 Texas, as the Mountaineers fell, 69-54, on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,123 fans at the Frank Erwin Center.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU soccer standout Kadeisha Buchanan repeats as Hardman winner | Charleston Gazette-Mail
It’s not easy to surprise Kadeisha Buchanan. Winning the 2016 Hardman Award as the state of West Virginia’s top amateur athlete did just that for the former West Virginia University women’s soccer star.

No. 25 Mountaineers Sweep Competition | WVU Athletics
The No. 25-ranked West Virginia University gymnastics team broke the 196.0 score barrier for the first time this season and earned three wins with a 196.3 performance Sunday afternoon in front of 1,417 fans inside the WVU Coliseum.

Recruiting

Help is on the way: West Virginia Mountaineers football recruiting | ESPN
West Virginia has some big holes to fill among the players charged to create big holes in the rushing game.

West Virginia football holds last official visit before National Signing Day | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The final visit weekend before National Signing Day has come and gone, and West Virginia hosted a pair of their top remaining targets in the 2017 class

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Oops! Oklahoma broke one of its many Big 12 championship trophies | SBNation
R.I.P.

Around The NCAA:

4 teams that could close the strongest on National Signing Day 2017 | SBNation
These schools could make up the most recruiting ground in the final week before National Signing Day.

Ranking all 50 states and D.C. by elite college football recruits per capita | SBNation
Here’s a different way of looking at which states produce the best football players.

Alabama's offensive coaching staff is changing, and it goes well beyond Lane Kiffin | SBNation
The Tide’s receivers coach is reportedly leaving for Arizona State, adding to the turnover on Nick Saban’s offensive staff.

No. 1 Villanova tops No. 12 Virginia on buzzer-beating tip | SBNation
Despite having both the national Player of the Year favorite and the man who hit arguably the biggest shot in NCAA tournament history on its roster, it was a freshman reserve scoring his only...

Duke basketball is in an identity crisis | SBNation
The preseason No. 1 is under .500 in ACC play so far. Can Duke still save the season?

Bracketology: A first look at the bubble for 2017 | SBNation
SPOILER: It’s a mess.

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Miss Throwdown

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