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Magical Mountaineers Punch Their Ticket To The NCAA Women's Tournament With Big 12 Conference Championship

The sixth-seeded West Virginia University women’s basketball team overcame improbable odds in a three-day span to hoist the program’s first ever Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, and went from a bubble team to in.

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News Of Note

Football:

Must-win and trap games of 2017: West Virginia Mountaineers | ESPN
Virginia Tech in the season-opener is a must-win for the Mountaineers as the level of their competition makes a jump up by the first week of October.

Basketball:

Magical Mountaineers Claim Big 12 Title | WVU Athletics
The sixth-seeded West Virginia University women’s basketball team overcame improbable odds in a three-day span en route to defeating top-seeded and No. 2 nationally-ranked Baylor 77-66 to hoist the program’s first ever Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship trophy Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

WVU men’s basketball slips to 11th in AP, coaches polls | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team will enter this week’s Big 12 tournament once again out of the Associated Press and USA Today coaches national top 10.

WVU scores big in Big 12 postseason men’s basketball awards | Charleston Gazette-Mail
A season spent mostly in the national top 25 and a No. 2 seeding in the upcoming Big 12 tournament has led to a fruitful showing for West Virginia University’s men’s basketball team in the conference postseason awards.

WVU could benefit from short notice on Big 12 tournament opponent | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia arrived here last season in a situation much like the one that’s waiting at this year’s Big 12 tournament. Those Mountaineers were ranked No. 9 in the nation and seeded second for the event. They landed on a Tuesday, practiced at the Sprint Center on Wednesday and learned the identity of the quarterfinal opponent later that night.

Baseball:

Louisiana Roadtrip Concludes at SLU | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team concludes a week-long stay in Louisiana with two games at Southeastern Louisiana on March 7-8. First pitch on both Tuesday and Wednesday evening will be at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.

Kyle Davis sets pace for WVU’s 18-5 romp at Tulane | WV MetroNews
Leadoff man Kyle Davis knocked in a career-best five runs as West Virginia avoided a weekend sweep by exploding for 20 hits in an 18-5 victory at Tulane on Sunday.

West Virginia Athletics:

Martin and Cottrell Named Athletes of the Week | WVU Athletics
After two strong performances last weekend, sophomore Tynice Martin of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team and senior Dylan Cottrell of the wrestling team have been named the WVU Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

Mountaineers 13th at Tiger Invitational | WVU Athletics
Led by Chris Williams, the West Virginia University golf team finished 13th overall at the Tiger Invitational Presented by Jason Dufner at the Grand National Lakes Course in Opelika, Alabama.

Recruiting

West Virginia football considering several tight end prospects | Charleston Gazette-Mail
On the recruiting trail, the tight end position has become a point of emphasis for the Mountaineers. In the last week, West Virginia made at least twelve public offers to tight end recruits in the Class of 2018 — from Chicago to New York to Florida, and everywhere in between.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Ex-entrepreneur Nic Shimonek now runs Texas Tech Red Raiders' offense | ESPN
Before working his way to becoming Patrick Mahomes' heir apparent, Nic Shimonek helped pay his tuition with a successful refurbishing business.

Around The NCAA:

FSU hiring back the assistant who maybe stole signs from the Noles in 2013’s title game | SBNation
Dameyune Craig was the subject of a key subplot in 2013’s title game.

WHY THE NFL DRAFT IS HARD AND NO FUN | Every Day Should Be Saturday
NEVER BE A PART OF AN EXPENSIVE ACCIDENT

Lane Kiffin at FAU will mean both wins and controversy in Boca Raton | SBNation
Both parties could benefit quickly from this relationship, however long it lasts.

Marcus Keene's magical season is running out of time | SBNation
Averaging 30 points per game would be a feat, but the 5’9 national scoring leader really wants one chance to play on the national stage.

Bracketology 2017: Wichita State's auto-bid shrinks the bubble again | SBNation
The Shockers took care of business by winning Arch Madness, but Illinois State now has to wait. Where do the Redbirds stand when compared to the competition?

Monmouth is the perfect illustration of the downside of conference tournaments | SBNation
The Hawks won’t dance after they outplayed their league for the second year in a row.

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