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West Virginia now set to face South Dakota State in men’s basketball opener

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Football

No. 8 Passing Attack vs. No. 1 Pass Defense Saturday Night in Morgantown

Oklahoma has the nation’s eighth-rated passing attack averaging 343.9 yards per game going against West Virginia’s #1 pass defense that is allowing just 161.5 yards per contest. Overall, WVU is fourth in total defense giving up 274 yards per game and 13th in scoring defense surrendering 17.8 points per game.

Monday Mountaineer Football Notebook

According to West Virginia head coach Neal Brown, the common theme to all of Oklahoma’s explosive plays in the passing game against Oklahoma State was Stoops’ perimeter blocking. How will WVU create pressure to stop those explosive plays? Another obstacle the Mountaineers will face against OU is the Sooners’ ability to outscore their opponents in the first quarter.

Neal Brown: Oklahoma is ‘playing as good as any offense in the country right now’

Oklahoma has won five games in a row and dominated Oklahoma State, 41-13, Saturday night in Norman. West Virginia head coach Neal Brown spoke about OU, saying “They definitely are playing their best football here in the last month.” Brown also said that the Sooners “are playing as good as any offense in the country right now.”

WVU football vs. Iowa State on a Six-Day Window

The Big 12 Conference has announced that ESPN and Fox will utilize a six-day window to announce the broadcast network and time slot for West Virginia’s Big 12 Conference game against Iowa State.

Basketball

WVU hoops now set to face South Dakota State in Wednesday’s opener

The West Virginia men’s basketball team has yet another new opponent for its season opener. A statement from the program Sunday night confirms that the Mountaineers will now play South Dakota State in the opening round of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic. That contest is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

WVU men’s basketball home opener vs. Youngstown State postponed

Days after the Youngstown State men’s basketball team paused team activities due to COVID, West Virginia’s home opener against the Penguins has been postponed. WVU and YSU were scheduled to play on December 2nd. The schools will look to reschedule on a common open date later in December.

Tshiebwe Named to Naismith Watch List

The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Watch List, which includes West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe. He is joined by five other Big 12 Conference players.

Tshiebwe Named to NABC Preseason Watch List

The National Association of Basketball Coaches has announced the preseason watch list for the 2021 NABC Division I Player of the Year. West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe makes the list, along with three other Big 12 players.

Three Guys Before The Game – WVU Basketball Preview (Episode 246)

On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” Brad Howe explains why West Virginia is one of eight teams nationally that meet the criteria for a Final Four appearance. The computer likes the Mountaineers, but what other areas must improve for that prediction to become reality?

Mountaineers Hoping to Manage Their Way to Success in COVID Era

In a year unlike any other, Bob Huggins is encouraged by what he has seen so far from his guys. They have taken a mature, responsible approach to a situation that requires mature and thoughtful actions. This is usually the blueprint for any successful team, worldwide pandemic or not.

WVU’s Huggins Thriving With Buckeye State Hoop Prospects

West Virginia recently got a pair of signatures from Ohio guards Seth Wilson and Kobe Johnson during the November signing period.

Start times announced for WVU women’s basketball’s home games in December

Game times have been announced for the West Virginia women’s basketball team’s home games in the month of December. All of the Mountaineers’ December home games will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Volleyball

Mountaineers finish regular season with road victory against Oklahoma

In the last conference game of the fall season, the West Virginia volleyball team got revenge in a back-to-back match by defeating Oklahoma on Friday night by a score of 3-1. The Mountaineers will go on break until they return to campus in January. From there, WVU head coach Reed Sunahara and his staff will schedule non-conference games to compete for an NCAA Tournament bid.

Sunahara Adds Five to 2021 Roster

West Virginia volleyball coach Reed Sunahara has announced the addition of five student-athletes for the 2021 calendar year. Shea Hefner from Bridgeport, West Virginia, Emma Dukate from Sylvania, Ohio, Kamiah Gibson from Medina, Ohio, Madison Page from Marietta, Georgia, and Brenna Tietz from Port St. Lucie, Flordia committed to WVU in early November as part of National Signing Day and will join the Mountaineers next season.

Report: Carter agrees to contract with Suns

Jevon Carter is sticking around in Phoenix. The former Mountaineer basketball star has reportedly signed a three-year deal worth $11.5 million with the Suns. In his first season with the Suns and second year as a pro, Carter averaged 16.3 minutes and 4.9 points per game.

Morgantown H.S. & WVU grad Nathan Adrian adjusting to Ukrainian lifestyle and hoops

Former West Virginia men’s basketball forward Nathan Adrian spent his first year of professional basketball overseas with JSA Bordeaux in France. He finished his first professional season averaging 17 points and eight rebounds, and he was named a league player of the week twice. This year, Adrian was acquired by MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) in the Ukraine.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Snapshot; Sooner(s) or later

The race for the Big 12 title game will be clearer after this weekend. Not to get too far into the weeds on championship game birth scenarios, a win by Iowa State at Texas on Friday puts the Cyclones in, and a loss for West Virginia eliminates the Mountaineers and puts Oklahoma on track for yet another Big 12 title game berth.

NABC Names Four Big 12 Players to Watch List

The National Association of Basketball Coaches has announced the preseason watch list for the 2021 NABC Division I Player of the Year. Big 12 representatives are West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe, Baylor’s Jared Butler, Marcus Garrett from Kansas, and Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham.

Four Big 12 Players Selected in NBA Draft

The Big 12 had four players selected in the 2020 NBA Draft, including three in the first round to mark the 13th time since inception in 1996-97 that the conference has produced three or more first round picks. This year’s draft is also the 23rd time in 24 seasons the Big 12 has had at least one first-round choice.

OU’s Rattler, Perkins Claim Week 11 Awards

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler and defensive end Ronnie Perkins claimed Big 12 awards for their accomplishments in Week 11. Rattler earned the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week awards, while Perkins was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Around the NCAA

Ohio State’s vulnerability, Oklahoma’s return and more college football takeaways from Week 12

The 2020 college football season has entered its home stretch, even out West, where the Pac-12’s shortened regular season is halfway over. Which stories stood out in a wild Week 12?

College football coaching carousel: SEC hot seats, the Jim Harbaugh Watch and more

Although coaching changes should not really be celebrated, they do make late November and December more interesting for college football fans.

MLS gave us one of the wildest soccer shootouts we’ve ever seen

Confusion and recent rule changes led Orlando City to accidentally celebrate their win twice before the game was officially called.

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