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The Shotgun/Throwdown (3/26/19): Two West Virginia Basketball Signees Win State Championships

West Virginia recruits Oscar Tshiebwe and Miles McBride can now add state titles to their already impressive resumes.

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Football

Accountability Teams Helping Brown Learn About His Players - West Virginia University Athletics
WVU coach Neal Brown is big on accountability, so much so that he has developed an accountability system he administers to his players throughout the year.

WV MetroNews In Brown, T.J. Simmons notes a similarity with former coach Saban - WV MetroNews
Wide receiver T.J. Simmons has played for Nick Saban, and sees some similarities between the Alabama coach and West Virginia's Neal Brown.

Patriots Rob Gronkowski’s Retirement Could Pay Dividends For West Virginia TE/FB Trevon Wesco - The Smoking Musket
A new development in the NFL could benefit West Virginia native and former Mountaineer Trevon Wesco.

Brown: Saturday AM Practice "Sloppy" - West Virginia University Athletics
Before West Virginia can learn how to play Neal Brown football, the Mountaineers have to learn how Neal Brown expects them to practice.

WV MetroNews West Virginia defensive linemen eating up Lesley’s new style - WV MetroNews
West Virginia’s defensive line will be in more of an attack mode this fall, but the players have to learn how this spring.

Coach Neal Brown Press Conference - West Virginia University Athletics
West Virginia football coach Neal Brown addressed members of the media on Saturday at the Milan Puskar Center Weight Room. Check out what coach Brown had to say.

Assistant Coaches and Players Media Session - West Virginia University Athletics
WVU defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, co-offensive coordinator (offensive line) Matt Moore and select members of the Mountaineer football team met with the media on Saturday. See what the coaches and players had to say about the start of spring practices.

WVU recruiting: Top targets ivisit Morgantown for spring practice | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
Morgantown was invaded by the families of West Virginia football players on Saturday afternoon. Head coach Neal Brown invited relatives of all current Mountaineers to spring practice this past weekend.

2-in-1 Player Wesco Impressing Pro Scouts - West Virginia University Athletics
If Trevon Wesco ever needed to start a fan club, he might want to consider asking NFL Network's Brian Baldinger to be its president. Baldinger let it be known he is a big fan of Wesco after studying his tape.

From Danville to Morgantown: Brown's coaching success rooted deeply in hometown
New WVU football coach Neal Brown brings a genuine, blue-collar mentality to program.

Brown Announces Staff Addition - West Virginia University Athletics
Mountaineer football coach Neal Brown has announced that Robby Brown will join the Mountaineer coaching staff as the special assistant to the head coach for football and senior analyst (offense).

Basketball

Hoops Signees Tshiebwe and McBride Claim State Titles - West Virginia University Athletics
There's some good news for Bob Huggins' West Virginia men's basketball program. Two recruits in this year's signing class recently played on teams that won state championships.

West Virginia’s season ends with record-breaking loss to Coastal Carolina - The Smoking Musket
In a game that was never really close, the West Virginia Mountaineers fell to Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 109-91 to bring an end to a season that has been little short of a disaster.

WVU women's basketball: Mountaineers down Villanova in WNIT's second round | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
The West Virginia women’s basketball team featured three players in double figures as the Mountaineers took down Villanova 64-57 Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

Martin Named WBCA Region Finalist - West Virginia University Athletics
Redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin of the WVU women's basketball team was named at region finalist for the 2019 WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches' All-America honors.

CBI hopes end in blowout loss to Chanticleers
WVU trailed by 14 points at halftime of its CBI quarterfinal matchup with Coastal Carolina, and All-Big 12 freshman forward Derek Culver hadn’t seen the court. The double-double machine logged zero minutes in the first half, and didn’t even remove his warmup shirt until he checked into the game to start the second half.

WV MetroNews Suspended women’s player sues WVU for reinstatement; judge denies it - WV MetroNews
A Monongalia County Judge denied a request by suspended WVU women’s basketball player Theresa Ekhelar who is seeking reinstatement to play in the WNIT.

Chanticleers Shoot Their Way to CBI Semifinals - West Virginia University Athletics
Coastal’s DeVante Jones scored 32 points and his team shot a scorching 58 percent to defeat West Virginia 109-91 in a CBI quarterfinal game here in Morgantown.

West Virginia Athletics

Mountaineers Bound for Ann Arbor - West Virginia University Athletics
The 2019 National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships regional selections have been announced, and the Mountaineers will compete at the Ann Arbor Regional against #2 UCLA, #7 Michigan, #10 Alabama, #14 Nebraska, #23 Penn State, Ohio State, Illinois, and Central Michigan.

Bullock Finishes National Meet in Austin - West Virginia University Athletics
Junior Morgan Bullock of the West Virginia women's swimming and diving team concluded competition at the 2019 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Bullock earned a 29th-place finish in the 200 butterfly.

Mountaineers Complete Their Run at Nationals - West Virginia University Athletics
Four members of the West Virginia wrestling team fell in their respective consolation brackets to complete their runs at the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships held at PPG Paints Arena, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday afternoon.

Mountaineers Finish Fourth at Big 12s - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia gymnastics team scored 195.6 and finished fourth at the 2019 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship.

WVU Earns Nine Wins in Facility Debut - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia track and field team opened competition at The Track & Field Complex at Mylan Park in style, winning nine events at the West Virginia Open on Saturday afternoon. The meet marked the Mountaineers' first hosted event at the new facility, which officially opened in October. It also was WVU's first outdoor home meet since 2009.

Mountaineers Open Season on Cooper River - West Virginia University Athletics
Highlighted by a third-place finish in the second varsity four petite final, the West Virginia rowing team opened its spring season at the Cooper Sprints.

WVU Moves into Fifth at The Hootie - West Virginia University Athletics
After matching its first-round score in the second round, the West Virginia golf team has moved into fifth place after 36 holes at The Hootie Intercollegiate, held at Bull's Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina, on Monday.

West Virginia Drops Tough Match Against Oklahoma - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia tennis team fought hard but could not secure the win, as it was defeated by #30 Oklahoma, 5-2, on Friday in Morgantown.

Mountaineers Edged By Cowgirls - West Virginia University Athletics
The WVU tennis team dropped its second hard-fought match of the weekend, as it fell to the #8 Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon.

Mountaineers Swept by Bears to Start Big XII Play - The Smoking Musket
A disappointing weekend comes to a close with a crushing loss to Baylor. The Bears swept the 3-game series with the Mountaineers to start Big 12 play.

Hill Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate - West Virginia University Athletics
Senior right fielder Darius Hill of the WVU baseball team has been named a candidate for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award.

Mountaineers Draw Sky Blue FC - West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia women's soccer team opened its 2019 spring season with a 0-0 draw at Sky Blue FC.

Meet the Mountaineers: Kristin Lux - 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 Kristin Lux.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Basketball: Texas Tech only Big 12 team to make the Sweet 16
The second round wasn't as positive as the first round was for Big 12 Basketball teams. Texas Tech is the only team advancing to play in the Sweet 16.

Sooners Earn No. 1 National Seed - The Official Site of Oklahoma Sooner Sports
For the fifth consecutive season, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team earned the #1 seed heading into postseason competition.

Around the NCAA

Sweet 16 teams in March Madness, ranked by chances of winning it all - SBNation.com
Who looked the best during the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament? Let’s rank the 16 teams remaining.

Ranking the Sweet 16 teams by tradition -- 2019 NCAA tournament
Sixteen programs remain in the 2019 NCAA tournament. Not all 16 fan bases have an equal level of expectation for what happens next.

NCAA Frozen Four: Wisconsin women’s hockey wins NCAA championship over Minnesota - Bucky’s 5th Quarter
Wisconsin had the best skater and best goalie. In order to win, it needed them to play their best to win a fifth national title.

2019 NCAA women’s basketball tournament: 7 teams to watch - SBNation.com
The field is more competitive than ever, but some squads still have a stand-out shot.

Tennessee vs. Iowa: How Vols survived biggest collapse in March Madness history - SBNation.com
Tennessee almost blew a 25-point lead against Iowa, but the Vols made big plays late to advance in March Madness.

Duke vs. UCF final score: New Jersey sportsbook offers one-time refund after agonizing finish - SBNation.com
UCF moneyline bettors came up inches short, but they can still cash in.

NBA playoff picture: What’s left to decide in the NBA regular season - SBNation.com
With three weeks left in the NBA regular season, there’s not much left to settle. The West playoff roster is effectively set, and the East bracket’s top five teams are basically locked into their seeds.

2019 NFL mock draft: 2 rounds means there’s something for most teams - SBNation.com
This week’s mock examines the first two rounds of the draft. The top five is mixed up a little this time, three tight ends go in the first round, there’s a run on wide receivers in the second round, and seemingly half of the NFL gets a new starting defensive lineman.

Rob Gronkowski retires with 3 Super Bowl rings. What’s next for Patriots? - SBNation.com
Rob Gronkowski is going out on top. The game-changing tight end announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, less than two months after his New England Patriots won Super Bowl 53.

NFL needs to pass this new overtime rule to save us from the Patriots - SBNation.com
The Chiefs came up with a proposal that would benefit the entire league and hopefully bring an end to the Patriots’ reign of terror.


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