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West Virginia Prepared To Host Prized Recruits As Spring Practice Begins

The Mountaineers kick off spring practice on Tuesday, and will host numerous top tier recruits this weekend for Junior day.

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News Of Note

Football:

West Virginia Mountaineers Spring Practice Preview: 3 Storylines To Watch | Campus Insiders
Dana Holgorsen’s six seasons in Morgantown have been bookended by two 10-3 campaigns, including last year’s which probably saved the coach’s job. The key now for the Mountaineers will be to sustain rather than slide back into the soft underbelly of the Big 12.

Basketball:

NCAA tournament: Do stats back West Virginia deep run? | SI.com
The Mountaineers' balanced offense has brought them success so far, but will the lack of a go-to scorer mean trouble in the NCAA tournament?

Bucknell awaits as No. 4 seed WVU heads back to Buffalo | WV MetroNews
Selection Sunday brought West Virginia precisely what it expected, a No. 4 seed and a starting destination tinged with sentimental value.

WVU’s bracket path brings up history | Charleston Gazette-Mail
This year, the seemingly annual meeting between West Virginia and Kentucky won't take place unless the Wildcats and Mountaineers end up in the national title game. Before then, though, WVU’s road through the bracket could potentially lead to a familiar foe.

Huggins looks back on 1st NCAA berth | The Exponent Telegram
For Bucknell head coach Nathan Davis, this is a return visit to the NCAAs, having coached in the college game’s showcase event last year, his first as Bucknell’s head coach, leading Bob Huggins to look back upon his own initiation into post-season basketball.

West Virginia Athletics:

Record-Setting Day for WVU at FSU | WVU Athletics
he West Virginia University golf team set a pair of team records, while senior Alan Cooke lowered his own program record, as the Mountaineers finished play at the Seminole Intercollegiate at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee, Florida, on Sunday.

Recruiting

As spring practice begins, WVU football prepares to host prized recruits | Charleston Gazette-Mail
It may be nearly six months until someone in a Mountaineer uniform plays "real" football again, but this week will be important for the West Virginia program. Not only does Tuesday signify the beginning of spring practice, but it will also be a tremendous few days for recruiting visits.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Baker Mayfield arrest video shows him getting tackled into a wall by police | SBNation
On Feb. 25, Oklahoma QB and preseason Heisman contender Baker Mayfield was arrested in Arkansas. He was booked for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, as well as fleeing and resisting arrest. On Friday, video of the arrest was released by the Fayetteville Police Department.

Around The NCAA:

The Georgia Dome got the farewell it deserved | SBNation
Monster Jam was the last memorable event in a stadium that begged to be forgotten.

Zay Jones, the all-time college catches king, says he has the NFL draft’s best hands | SBNation
Let’s talk to Zay Jones, record-holder and son of a three-time Super Bowl champ.

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Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Brazilian model that just made her United States debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. CLICK HERE for Anne de Paula's Instagram.