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West Virginia set to face former Big East foe Notre Dame on Saturday

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It's the matchup every Mountaineer anticipated when the bracket was announced on Selection Sunday. A throwback to the Big East days. All we need is John Flowers to drop a new Riverdance video on us.

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News Of Note

Basketball:

WVU-Notre Dame Tip Time Set | WVU Athletics
The NCAA has announced that WVU’s game time against Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament will tip at 12:10 p.m. on Saturday on CBS.

WVU Advances, Faces Old Big East Foe Saturday | WVU Athletics
Tarik Phillip scored 16 points, including six straight from the free throw line inside of a minute to play, to help fourth-seeded West Virginia hold off 13th-seed Bucknell, 86-80, in an NCAA Tournament first-round game in KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

Defense not extraordinary, but good enough to extend WVU’s season | WV MetroNews
Press Virginia’s potency didn’t always satisfy Bob Huggins or muzzle Bucknell. Still, a few scoop-and-score moments sure incited the building and saved the Mountaineers from extinction Thursday.

Tynice Martin leads WVU women into NCAA basketball tournament | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Tynice Martin's standout performance brought her an honor that doesn’t always come to players her age, even great ones — team co-captain. It’s an honor she cherishes, and one she’s had to grow into. She fit the role quite nicely in WVU’s red-hot run to the Big 12 tournament title and will help guide the No. 22 Mountaineers into their first-round game of the NCAA women’s tournament in College Park, Maryland.

Baseball:

Big 12 Play Begins at No. 10 Baylor This Weekend | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team begins Big 12 Conference play at No. 10 Baylor this weekend, March 17-19, in Waco, Texas.

West Virginia Athletics:

Cottrell Goes 1-1 on Day One of NCAAs | WVU Athletics
Dylan Cottrell posted a first-round win before falling in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday.

WVU wrestler Dylan Cottrell continues in NCAA championship consolation round | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University wrestler Dylan Cottrell’s path through the NCAA tournament will continue Friday in the consolation round.

Around The League

Around The NCAA:

What a 68-team, March Madness college football tournament would look like for 2016-17 | SBNation
EA Sports, whenever you make another college football game, please include this.

2017 C-USA football power rankings: Can anyone knock WKU off the hill? | SBNation
Now that Bill’s studied every team, here’s how he stacks them up. Also, charts and stuff!

How Jim Leavitt can fix Oregon’s defense, just like he did at Colorado | SBNation
He did it at Colorado. The Ducks are his next project.

Can Kent State football save Paul Haynes’ job in 2017? Ehhhhhhhh... | SBNation
Five years after one glorious season, the Golden Flashes are still searching.

Lorenzo Romar's firing could cause a major domino effect for Washington, No. 1 recruit Michael Porter Jr. | SBNation
There’s nothing simple about the aftermath of Washington’s firing of coach Lorenzo Romar. Let’s try and sift through it.

How Gonzaga became America’s most polarizing college basketball program | SBNation
In just two decades, Gonzaga has made the seemingly impossible transition from lovable Cinderella to America’s most disliked and distrusted powerhouse.

How Grayson Allen went from young Duke star to March Madness' most hated player | SBNation
Grayson Allen's no good, highly controversial, apology-filled junior year made him the consummate heel, and that’s now Duke’s burden to bear.

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