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West Virginia Enters AP Top 25 and Starts Towards the Top in the NET Rankings

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The West Virginia men’s basketball team has jumped into the AP rankings at #25, and the Mountaineers are sitting at #12 in this season’s first NET rankings.

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Football

McKivitz adds another All-America nod from AP

West Virginia’s offensive lineman Colton McKivitz has earned All-America accolades from the Associated Press. The left tackle appeared on the third-team All-America roster, after gaining co-offensive lineman of the year honors from the Big 12.

Martell Pettaway Enters Transfer Portal

West Virginia senior running back Martell Pettaway has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. In 32 games over four seasons for WVU, Pettaway rushed for 1,104 yards and had 11 touchdowns.

West Virginia Football Recruiting: Maryland Lineman Commits To Mountaineers

The 2020 recruiting class is closing well for Neal Brown and his West Virginia Mountaineers. Jordan White, a three-star offensive lineman from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, has committed to WVU.

Junior college offensive lineman Stewart commits to West Virginia

West Virginia’s offensive line rebuild continued with a commitment from junior college offensive tackle Tairiq Stewart this week. Stewart, a three-star prospect, picked WVU over offers from Maryland, Tennessee, and Toledo.

Tony’s Take - WVU’s Nehlen Part of West Virginia’s Cradle of Coaches

Tony’s Take is a monthly Mountaineer sports column written by veteran West Virginia play-by-play man Tony Caridi.

Basketball

WVU hoops cracks AP Top 25

The West Virginia men’s basketball team jumped into the Associated Press Top-25 Poll this week in the #25 spot. The Mountaineers are also #12 in this season’s first iteration of the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, which factors in game results, the quality of wins and losses, scoring margin, strength of schedule, offensive and defensive efficiency, and game location.

Walk-on scores, big men record double-doubles in West Virginia win

The West Virginia men’s basketball team cruised to an 83-57 win over Nicholls State at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday. WVU was led by forwards Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe, who both had double-doubles in the blowout win. The Mountaineers and their fans remained invested in the game despite the blowout, as the entire Coliseum cheered on freshman guard Spencer Macke when he scored his first career points in the final minutes of the game.

Three Guys Before The Game – Nicholls Review (Episode 165)

Two dominating home victories have propelled the West Virginia men’s basketball team into the AP Top 25 for the first time this season. Tony Caridi and Brad Howe look at Saturday’s win over Nicholls State and take a deep dive into the good and bad analytics through the first 10 games.

McNeil continues polishing game; Sherman shakes out of slump

Sean McNeil was recruited to West Virginia as a shooter, but with each game he is providing evidence that he brings a great deal more to the table. Fellow shooting guard Taz Sherman also stepped up this weekend, adding eight points for the Mountaineers.

Women’s hoops stays put in AP poll

The West Virginia women’s basketball team remains at #22 in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll this week. WVU is one of two Big 12 teams in the AP poll.

Mike Carey wins 400th career game at WVU as Mountaineers cruise

With the help of 22 points from senior guard Tynice Martin, Mike Carey won his 400th career game as the West Virginia women’s basketball coach in the #22 Mountaineers’ 72-55 win over Norfolk State at the Charleston Civic Center on Sunday.

NFL Network reports Will Grier to make first career start

The Will Grier Era could begin for the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport is reporting that the former West Virginia quarterback will make his first NFL start when the Panthers visit the Indianapolis Colts this week.

Aaron Rodgers Pays Respect To Former WVU Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski

Former West Virginia standout Nick Kwiatkoski has gained the attention and respect of one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.

Around the Big 12

Dotson and Shannon Earn Men’s Basketball Awards

Devon Dotson of Kansas picked up his second Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award of the year, while Texas Tech’s Terrence Shannon, Jr. was recognized with his first Freshman of the Week honor.

Baylor Volleyball Reaches NCAA Championship Semifinals

The Baylor volleyball team kept its historic 2019 campaign alive with a 3-1 win over Washington to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history.

Seven Included in CBN Preseason Poll

The Big 12 Conference has five teams ranked and two teams receiving votes in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Fabulous 40 Preseason Poll. The ranked Big 12 teams include #3 Texas Tech, #19 Oklahoma State, #20 TCU, #22 Texas, and #30 Oklahoma. Baylor and West Virginia are the two teams receiving votes.

Around the NCAA

Do recruits remember your school’s last national title?

Here is a breakdown of how old 2020 college football recruits were the last time each FBS team won the national championship.

College basketball rankings: Kansas is the new No. 1 in the AP Poll

For the fifth time in the still young 2019-20 NCAA basketball season, there is a new #1. The Kansas Jayhawks sit atop the AP Poll this week after Louisville fell to Texas Tech.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow wins Heisman Trophy by historic voting margin

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, whose name appeared only in the afterthought cellars of the Heisman Trophy odds lists of last summer, won the Heisman in a landslide on Saturday night.

Ohio State Tops First NET Rankings of 2019-20 Season

The NCAA released the first NET rankings of the 2019-20 men’s college basketball season on Monday, with Ohio State topping the list.

Which NFL teams can clinch a playoff spot and which can be eliminated in Week 15?

The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Buffalo Bills are now in the NFL Playoffs.

NFL power rankings for 13 teams in the playoff picture after Week 15

Which NFL teams helped and hurt themselves most in the standings? Geoff Schwartz discusses the most recent developments in the playoff race.


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