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The Shotgun/Throwdown (2/12/19): Two Mountaineer Women’s Basketball Players Recognized for Awards

Point guard Madisen Smith was selected as the Big 12 Freshman of the Week, while junior Tynice Martin was named one of 30 players on the watch list of the Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Baylor at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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Football

WV MetroNews West Virginia alum Travis Trickett named as final piece to Neal Brown's staff - WV MetroNews
The Trickett family's ties to West Virginia football grew even stronger with Neal Brown's latest assistant coaching hire.

WVU football: Baseball coach Randy Mazey wants to see dual-sport Trey Lowe compete for QB job | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
Trey Lowe is neither Kyler Murray nor Deion Sanders, but he does have an opportunity in front of him similar to that high-profile duo — the chance to compete as both a baseball and football player.

Basketball

BREAKING: Esa Ahmad and Wesley Harris dismissed from West Virginia basketball program - The Smoking Musket
According to a one-sentence press release from the WVU athletic department, senior forward Esa Ahmad and junior forward Wesley Harris have been dismissed from the West Virginia men’s basketball program.

Martin named to Naismith midseason watch list
West Virginia redshirt junior Tynice Martin is one of 30 players listed a watch list of the Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women’s Player of the Year.

Smith named Big 12 freshman of the week
After leading the WVU women’s basketball team in scoring this weekend, point guard Madisen Smith has been selected as the Big 12 Freshman of the Week.

WV MetroNews Three Guys Before The Game - Statistical Nightmare (Episode 92) - WV MetroNews
Tony Caridi and the crew break down the beatdown by the Longhorns and answer listener questions on the this episode of Three Guys Before The Game.

Without Konate, Bolden, WVU defense continues to lack "identity"
Offensive struggles from WVU men’s basketball have been the main storyline for much of the season. Lengthy shooting droughts and abundant turnovers have plagued the team during its 10-14 start.

WVU women fall at Iowa State
Despite a career-high 24 points from freshman guard Madisen Smith, the WVU women’s basketball team’s win streak came to an end with 77-61 loss to #22 Iowa State.

Baseball

Kessler Named to Stopper of the Year Watch List - West Virginia University Athletics
Mountaineer baseball junior right-handed pitcher Sam Kessler has been recognized on the preseason watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award, presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

2019 West Virginia Baseball Season Preview: Can The Mountaineers Make A Run Back To The NCAA Tournament? - The Smoking Musket
Coming off of a strong 2018 season, can WVU navigate their way back to the NCAA tournament this season?

Manoah Looking to Capitalize on Cape Cod League Success in 2019 - West Virginia University Athletics
Former West Virginia baseball standouts Chris Enochs and Jedd Gyorko parlayed their Cape Cod League success into outstanding junior seasons and high selections in the Major League Baseball Draft. Veteran Mountaineer baseball coach Randy Mazey is hopeful junior righthander Alek Manoah can do something similar this year after his outstanding summer in the Cape.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Retains Two National Rankings - West Virginia University Athletics
The WVU gymnastics team continues to rank nationally on vault and floor exercise in this week's Road to Nationals Rankings.

Meet the Mountaineers: Katelyn Evans - West Virginia University Athletics
Throughout the spring semester, Mountaineer fans will have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with the WVU volleyball team. Next up is Katelyn Evans.

Around the Big 12

Toughest game for each Big 12 team in 2019
Which games will give each Big 12 team the most trouble?

KU Jayhawks basketball at TCU game recap, score, 2/11/19 | The Kansas City Star
After blowing a 12-point lead late in regulation, the Kansas Jayhawks beat TCU 82-77 in overtime, improving to 8-4 in the Big 12 and winning only their second true road game of the season in eight tries.

College Sports: 3 takeaways from Baylor's win over Oklahoma: Bears snap 2-game losing streak, back in hunt for Big 12's top seed | SportsDay
Baylor got a much-needed win to stay in the hunt for the Big 12's top seed with a 59-53 win over Oklahoma on Monday.

Around the NCAA

NCAA Basketball Rankings: Some movement at the top as Gonzaga rejoins the top 3 - SBNation.com
Virginia drops one spot to make room for the blistering hot Zags.

College basketball: 10 biggest takeaways from the hoops weekend that was - SBNation.com
We’re in the heart of conference play and there’s no time to waste. Let’s hop right into it.

Ole Miss vacated wins: These 33 over 6 seasons - SBNation.com
The Rebels vacated 33 wins over six seasons.

Kyler Murray picks the NFL Draft: Why football makes all kinds of sense - SBNation.com
Kyler Murray is officially a full-time football player.

5 things the AAF’s opening weekend can teach the NFL and college football - SBNation.com
The new league did some good things. Whether it works over the long haul or not, its ideas are worth considering.

Browns sign Kareem Hunt 3 months after assault investigation - SBNation.com
Kareem Hunt was released by the Chiefs during the season and is currently on the commissioner’s exempt list.


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