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Football

Stills, Smith Named FWAA All-Americans

West Virginia sophomore Tykee Smith and senior defensive tackle Darius Stills have been named to Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America Second Team. Stills, the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team honoree by the coaches and the AP, was named a first-team All-America selection by Associated Press, Sporting News, USA Today, Bleacher Report, and ESPN.

Stills, Smith named Sporting News All-Americans

West Virginia senior defensive tackle Darius Stills and sophomore Tykee Smith have been named to Sporting News’ All-America First and Second Teams, respectively. Smith, an All-Big 12 First Team selection by the AP, was named to Pro Football Focus’ First Team All-America squad, Sporting News’ Second Team, and the AP All-America Third Team.

Spring Valley is building elite offensive linemen to become Mountaineers

West Virginia has been able to collect some solid offensive linemen from within the state, thanks to Spring Valley High School in Huntington.

Basketball

Isaiah Cottrell out for season with torn Achilles tendon

West Virginia freshman forward Isaiah Cottrell is out for the rest of the season after sustaining a torn Achilles tendon in the #9 Mountaineers’ victory over Northeastern on Tuesday. The injury occurred early in the contest on an off-ball play in the first half. Cottrell appeared to step awkwardly on his left foot and subsequently limped off the floor.

Tshiebwe ends cold streak, newcomers earn minutes in win over Huskies

The #9 Mountaineers dominated Northeastern while giving newcomers minutes off the bench. WVU head coach Bob Huggins utilized the late scheduling of Northeastern to give some of his young players, such as Jalen Bridges, opportunities to gain minutes on the floor in the 73-51 victory.

WVU’s Inside Scoring Downs Northeastern Tuesday Afternoon

Derek Culver’s 18 points and Oscar Tshiebwe’s 12-point, 15-rebound double-double powered #9 West Virginia to a 73-51 victory over Northeastern on Tuesday afternoon in the WVU Coliseum.

WVU women’s basketball’s road game at Kansas State postponed

The West Virginia women’s basketball team’s January 5th game at Kansas State has been postponed after the Wildcats paused team activities due to an increase in COVID-19 cases within the program.

Mountaineers in the Pros: Week 16

In Week 16 of the 2020 NFL Season, nine former Mountaineers saw action. David Long Jr led the Tennessee Titans in tackles with nine. Eight of those tackles were solo stops. Karl Joseph started at strong safety for the Cleveland Browns and recorded five tackles, with two being solo stops.

Around the Big 12

Sanders, Oklahoma State beat Miami 37-34 in Cheez-It Bowl

#18 Oklahoma State went to the air early and often to finish its season on a high note. Spencer Sanders threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and the Cowboys held off #18 Miami in a 37-34 victory in the Cheez-It Bowl on Tuesday.

Texas’ Ehlinger leaves Alamo Bowl following shoulder injury

Sophomore quarterback Casey Thompson came off the bench and passed for 170 yards and four touchdowns, and #20 Texas overcame Ehlinger’s injury to beat Colorado 55-23 in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Tuesday night.

No. 2 Baylor beats Central Arkansas 93-56 to stay undefeated

Davion Mitchell had 12 assists to help #2 Baylor remain undefeated with another lopsided victory, 93-56, over Central Arkansas on Tuesday.

No. 13 Texas Tech eases by Incarnate Word 79-51

Kevin McCullar scored 11 points and #13 Texas Tech cruised in a tune-up before Big 12 play resumes, beating Incarnate Word 79-51 on Tuesday night.

Around the NCAA

No. 10 Iowa beats No. 16 Northwestern 87-72 in Big Ten game

Jordan Bohannon had 24 points, including 19 in the second half, as #10 Iowa defeated #19 Northwestern 87-72 on Tuesday night. CJ Fredrick added 19 and Luka Garza finished with 18 as the Hawkeyes snapped the Wildcats’ four-game winning streak.

Rachal’s late free throws lift Tulsa past No. 5 Houston

Frank Haith has coached various teams to some huge wins over the years, and he wanted everyone to know how much Tulsa’s gritty performance against unbeaten #5 Houston meant to his team.

Armed Forces Bowl: No. 22 Tulsa plays 3-win Mississippi St

Three-win Mississippi State is set to wrap up coach Mike Leach’s first season by becoming the first Southeastern Conference team to play in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Bulldogs will be facing #22 Tulsa.

SB Nation NFL expert picks for Week 17

The final week of the regular season is going to be wild. As is stands there are still seven playoffs spots open across the NFC and AFC, with as many as four different teams having the ability to shake up the order after Week 17 and sneak in.

Tyrese Haliburton was the perfect draft pick for the Kings

The #12 pick and former Iowa State standout found an ideal fit for his skill set in Sacramento playing next to De’Aaron Fox.

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