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The Big 12 conference has levied a $10,000 fine on West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins and issued a public reprimand following Huggins’ comments on officiating after Saturday’s game at Kansas. It is likely that the primary reason for the fine was Huggins referring to the game’s officials as “three blind mice” during a postgame radio interview.
Tony Caridi, Brad Howe and Hoppy Kercheval break down West Virginia’s first two Big 12 Conference games of the season on this episode of Three Guys Before The Game. The guys also discuss WVU’s defense and how the Mountaineers allowed Kansas and Oklahoma State to shoot just 10 percent from three-point range.
After a dominant fourth quarter when it outscored Kansas 18-6, the #19/20 West Virginia women’s basketball team downed the Jayhawks, 68-49, in Allen Fieldhouse on Wednesday. The Mountaineers are now 12-1, with a 2-0 Big 12 record.
The West Virginia women’s basketball team moved up slightly in the Coaches Poll. After staying at #19 in the AP Top 25, the Mountaineers moved up one spot to #20 in the Coaches Poll.
Chuck Machock, who as a West Virginia assistant recruited Bob Huggins to play for the Mountaineers in the 1970s, died on Saturday at the age of 82. For more than half of his lifetime, Machock was an influential part of Huggins’ life.
West Virginia Athletics
Following their performances in the Backyard Brawl, four members of the West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept this week’s Big 12 Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards.
The West Virginia rifle team opens the spring portion of the season ranked #2 in the College Rifle Coaches Association Rankings.
A handful of former West Virginia Mountaineers were in action during the NFL Wild Card Weekend. Two Mountaineers, Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks and David Long Jr. of the Tennessee Titans, are both moving on in the playoffs.
Around the Big 12
#22 Texas Tech had won 15 consecutive home games, but #4 Baylor edged the Red Raiders to extend their win streak to 11 games. The Bears were led by sophomore guard Davion Mitchell, who had 14 points.
Devon Dotson had 20 points and six assists, and David McCormack added 16 points and seven rebounds, as #3 Kansas routed Iowa State 79-53 on Wednesday night.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced its preseason poll ahead of the 2020 season, and there are five Big 1w men’s programs and three women’s teams ranked.
Around the NCAA
Let this list of very good, and some not good, plays tell you the story of college football’s last decade. Look for West Virginia’s two plays that made the list, too!
The NCAA’s mid-season bracket projection features some different names on the top line and some notable programs missing from the field. Where do the Mountaineers land in this projection?
Each week or so, The Top Whatever ranks all the college football things that must be ranked. This edition ranks the entire 2019 season’s postseason.
The #12 Maryland men’s basketball is one change away from becoming one of the best teams in college hoops. The nation’s 11th-best defense is paired with just the #20 offense, a ranking that understates how rough the Terrapins can look offensively.
Some bowl games change locations, and some change their names. Here is a short history of bowl game moves.
Michigan State is on a roll thanks to point guard Cassius Winston. Over the last four games, Winston is averaging 23.8 points and seven assists while shooting 52.4 percent from three.
The Seattle Seahawks have only lost one game on the road this season. The Green Bay Packers have only lost once at home.
Jimmy Butler and T.J. Warren engaged in a physical confrontation during the Heat-Pacers game Wednesday night that resulted in Warren getting ejected and Butler’s Heat getting the last laugh.
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