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In this West Virginia basketball notebook, Bob Huggins jokes that the fall Emmitt Matthews took against Missouri may have helped his shooting. Coach Huggins also discusses how Taz Sherman has been working to improve defensively.
West Virginia could not overcome a barrage of three-pointers from Texas Tech and barrage of technical fouls from the officials Wednesday night in Lubbock.
West Virginia Athletics
Two members of the West Virginia baseball team were recognized with preseason Big 12 honors. Juniors Tyler Doanes and Paul McIntosh have been named to the preseason All-Big 12 team. The Mountaineers were two of the 18 players that were recognized by the conference.
After sitting just outside the top 25 last week, the West Virginia gymnastics team jumps back into the Road to Nationals Rankings at #24. The Mountaineers are also ranked #18 on floor and #24 on balance beam.
The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action today when they host Villanova for a mid-week dual meet at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown. WVU’s women’s team enters the meet at 2-2 in dual meets and 2-0 in the Big 12, while the men’s team is 3-1 and 1-0 in the Big 12.
The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been named Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America for their success in the classroom during the 2019 fall semester.
Around the Big 12
Baylor infielder Nick Loftin was selected as the Big 12 Conference Preseason Player of the Year, and Oklahoma right-hander Cade Cavalli was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Oklahoma State’s Kaden Polcovich and Bryce Osmond were named Preseason Newcomer of the Year and Preseason Freshman of the Year, respectively.
Record-breaking performances in week three of the 2020 indoor track & field season earned Baylor’s KC Lightfoot, Gleb Dudarev of Kansas, and Julien Alfred of Texas the Big 12 weekly awards. Lightfoot and Dedarev shared the Men’s Athlete of the Week honor, while Alfred was the Women’s Athlete of the Week for her performances in the 60m and 200m.
Around the NCAA
Baylor has solidified its hold on the #1 overall seed in this NCAA tournament projection. Not only is Scott Drew’s team ranked at the top of the NET rankings, the Bears are now 6-1 in Quadrant 1 games, with the lone loss coming by three to Washington. Check out the full list of tournament seeding projections.
After the Cameron Crazies started yelling “Jeff Capel, sit with us,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski could be seen yelling “Shut up” and “He’s one of us” at the Duke students. After realizing the chant was not a personal attack on the Pitt coach, coach Krzyzewski gave somewhat of an apology to the students.
Brad Davison had another dirty play for Wisconsin. Now he is starting to build a reputation for cheap shots.
One player stands as the top choice for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has been vital to his franchise’s rebuild, giving Derek Carr a 1,000-yard rusher to take pressure off his passing game.
Which NFL defensive rookie has stood above the rest of the field? Five players have improved throughout the season to put their stamp on 2019 and set lofty expectations for their futures.
Miami, which has hosted more Super Bowls than any city, has seen everything from Joe Namath’s “guarantee” to Jerry Rice’s record performance to John Elway’s farewell.
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