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The Shotgun/Throwdown (3/19/19): Who will be the Mountaineers’ Starting Quarterback?

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For the first time in several years, West Virginia does not have an obvious starter at the quarterback position.

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Football

WVU football: All eyes on QB battle as Mountaineers open spring practice | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
For the first time in several years, there is not an obvious starter at the quarterback position. West Virginia football coach Neal Brown has an important decision to make between now and when the Mountaineers host James Madison in the 2019 season opener.

LB Coach Seiler Anxious to Get Started at WVU - West Virginia University Athletics
The difference between Blake Seiler's old boss at Kansas State and his new boss at West Virginia is a mere 40 years. But according to Seiler, those two bosses, recently retired Bill Snyder and Neal Brown, have more in common than one might expect.

Basketball

Huggins: Young Mountaineers Need More Court Time - West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins admitted Monday there is a big part of him that would like to see the season come to an end, but the greater good demands that his young team continues playing.

WV MetroNews Mountaineers will host Grand Canyon in CBI opener Wednesday - WV MetroNews
West Virginia will face the Grand Canyon Antelopes, who were runners-up in the WAC tournament and own a 20-13 record, tomorrow in the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers have an opportunity for the young core of players to continue to build off momentum created from their surprising run to the Big 12 tournament semifinals last week in Kansas City.

WVU basketball notebook: Injured Mountaineer forward Sagaba Konate to seek redshirt | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
With West Virginia bound for the College Basketball Invitational, Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins said he does not expect Sagaba Konate to participate in the tournament. Instead, WVU will seek a redshirt for Konate.

Derek Redd: WVU's CBI berth is strictly business, but the right decision | Derek Redd | wvgazettemail.com
West Virginia’s entry into the College Basketball Invitational could be a very good opportunity for the young and improving Mountaineers.

“Our Best Athlete” Enters Transfer Portal, Says Goodbye to West Virginia Basketball - The Smoking Musket
Another WVU men’s basketball player has entered the transfer portal. Freshman guard Trey Doomes tweeted about his intentions to leave the program Monday night, confirming previous reports that he had entered the transfer portal.

WV MetroNews Three Guys Before The Game - Here Come The Antelopes (Episode 102) - WV MetroNews
Brad Howe, Nathan Adrian, and Tony Caridi wrap up WVU’s semifinal appearance in the Big 12 tournament and look ahead to Wednesday’s home date against the visiting Antelopes of Grand Canyon in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Enters Postseason with Two Rankings - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia gymnastics team moves into the 2019 postseason with a pair of national rankings in this week's Road to Nationals Rankings. The Mountaineers sit at #13 on floor exercise and are #20 on vault.

Mountaineers Host Penguins Tuesday - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia baseball team returns home for a midweek matchup against Youngstown State on today at 3 p.m. at Monongalia County Ballpark.

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

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Basketball: Key storylines heading into 2019 NCAA Tournament
The Big 12 Basketball season was exciting but now it's time for postseason play. We now get ready for these teams to make a run in the NCAA Tournament.

K-State basketball: Dean Wade NCAA Tournament injury update | The Kansas City Star
Kansas State basketball fans are all asking the same question as the Wildcats begin preparing for their first game of the NCAA Tournament against UC Irvine on Friday. Will Dean Wade be healthy enough to play?

How Kyler Murray operated Oklahoma’s offense to perfection - SBNation.com
Kyler Murray was a play-action nightmare, and he used both his legs and arms to open up deep routes. His NFL team can borrow from OU’s playbook to get the most out of him.

Around the NCAA

Printable NCAA bracket 2019: Make your predictions with SB Nation's version - SBNation.com
Here is a link to a printable March Madness men's bracket for you to hypothesize who will beat who this postseason.

5 NCAA tournament teams that can bust your bracket - SBNation.com
Last season, Loyola-Chicago and Sister Jean took the NCAA tournament by storm as the darling Cinderella that rumbled all the way to the Final Four before losing their glass slipper in the semifinals. So, who can be this season’s Loyola-Chicago?

NCAA women's bracket 2019: Full field of 64 revealed - SBNation.com
Check out the full field of 64 for the women’s basketball NCAA tournament.

9 NCAA tournament upset picks, grouped by plausibility - SBNation.com
To the extent that anybody can predict anything, here are some upsets to consider.

NCAA tournament 2019: What did the bracket teach us about the NET? - SBNation.com
The Selection Committee appears to use the new metric much like the RPI in previous seasons. The new number may also have a stronger grounding in college basketball-specific advanced analytics.

How to choose a team to root for during March Madness - SBNation.com
Are you looking for a team to root for in the NCAA tournament? Check out this guide to picking your temporary March Madness team.

Kemba Walker free agent rumors: What kind of legacy does the Hornets’ guard want? - SBNation.com
It’s clear the Hornets can’t offer Kemba Walker the best chance to win this summer, but they could offer him something else.

2019 Players Championship: Rory McIlroy’s win, Tiger Woods’ fade, and other thoughts from Sawgrass - SBNation.com
Five thoughts on Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, and the weekend at TPC Sawgrass.

A complete history of Vontaze Burfict being a reckless football player - SBNation.com
Vontaze Burfict’s history of not caring about the well-being of others started long before he ever reached the NFL.


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