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West Virginia continues to move backwards in the polls, dropping the #17 in this week’s AP Top 25 and #18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Mountaineers were #14 in both polls last week. As a result, Bob Huggins is looking at changing the starting lineup and the amount of playing time for some WVU players.
Ken Pom’s predictions have #17 West Virginia winning the remainder of its regular season games, including the season finale against #1 Baylor. With this in mind, maybe the Mountaineers aren’t in as much trouble as they seemed to be after the last few games.
On this episode of Three Guys Before The Game, Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval look at #17 West Virginia’s most recent loss against #1 Baylor and what is now a three game losing streak. The guys also look ahead to tonight’s matchup against Oklahoma State.
#17 West Virginia is preparing to face an Oklahoma State that has shown improvement, especially in its impressive 73-70 win over a previously ranked Texas Tech team. Like WVU, the Cowboys have a variety of players that can be their leading scorer on any given night.
Selection Sunday is a month away, and #17 West Virginia can still secure a solid seed in the tournament. But as Bob Huggins has mentioned, certain things must change to get WVU back on track. Those changes may need to start with who he has on the floor.
The West Virginia women’s basketball team ended its three-game losing streak with a 67-60 win over Texas Tech on Saturday. WVU head coach Mike Carey expressed the importance of the win and commended the effort by his team.
West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia baseball team won its first series of the 2020 season, coming away with two wins and one loss against Jacksonville. WVU narrowly won the third game, 2-1, thanks to a go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning by junior Tyler Doanes.
Junior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf of the West Virginia baseball team has been named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week. Wolf finished with no runs allowed on one hit in seven innings during the Mountaineers’ 3-0 win over Jacksonville in the 2020 season opener.
After defeating Jacksonville on Sunday to earn a season-opening series win, the West Virginia baseball team will return home to take on Canisius in its home opener this afternoon. Canisius comes into the game with a 1-3 record. The game will be broadcast on MountaineerTV.
The West Virginia tennis team defeated Akron, 5-2, on Sunday. The Mountaineers remain perfect this season with a 6-0 record.
The West Virginia rifle team continues to rank #3 in the College Rifle Coaches Association Rankings. WVU suffered its first loss of the season, 4723-4712, to #1 Kentucky on Saturday. The Mountaineers are now 9-1overall, with a 7-1 Great America Rifle Conference record, heading into postseason competition.
The #28 West Virginia gymnastics team is still outside of the top 25 in the Road to Nationals Rankings. WVU is also ranked #27 on both uneven bars and floor exercise.
The West Virginia golf team finished in sixth place at the Florida Gators Invitational. WVU was led by junior Logan Perkins who finished in second place on the individual leaderboard.
The West Virginia wrestling team wrapped up its road schedule for this season with a 36-6 loss at #19 Iowa State. Redshirt sophomore Noah Adams and redshirt freshman Alex Hornfeck had individual victories for the Mountaineers. Adams remains undefeated this year with a 27-0 record.
The Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association has announced that West Virginia head coach Tim Flynn will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Around the Big 12
A pair of Texas Tech freshmen, Nate Rombach and Jace Jung, joined West Virginia’s Jackson Wolf as the season’s first Big 12 Baseball Players of the Week. Rombach was named conference Player of the Week, Jung earned the Newcomer of the Week award, and Wolf was chosen as conference Pitcher of the Week.
#1 Baylor has the most impressive resume in men’s college basketball. Here is why the Bears have a team that is built to win a national championship.
Oklahoma’s Kristian Doolittle won his third Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award of the season, while Oklahoma State’s Kalib Boone was recognized as Newcomer of the Week for the first time. Doolittle averaged 23.5 points and nine rebounds in Oklahoma’s games against Iowa State and #3 Kansas.
Kansas State rallied to wins in a pair of road games to sweep the Big 12 Conference women’s basketball weekly awards. Peyton Williams earned her first Big 12 Player of the Week honor of the season, which was the second of her career. Ayoka Lee picked up her fifth consecutive, and 10th overall, conference Freshman of the Week award.
Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols was this week’s Big 12 Conference Gymnast of the Week, while her teammate Vanessa Deniz earned her second Newcomer of the Week award. Iowa State’s Jade Vella-Wright won her first career conference Newcomer of the Week award. And Denver’s Alexis Vasquez was this week’s Event Specialist of the Week for the Big 12.
Around the NCAA
#13 Michigan toppled # 2 Vanderbilt in a rematch of the 2019 College World Series Finals, thanks to a ninth-inning home run from senior first baseman Matt Schmidt. The Wolverines’ designated hitter Jimmy Obertop wasn’t around to watch the final out, however.
The NBA All-Star Game is fixed thanks to a new format in the 2020 game that made the world’s best players compete and play defense against each other. It brought excitement to an event that usually grows old in the opening 10 minutes.
This year’s NBA Dunk Contest might have been the greatest top-to-bottom display of dunking in the history of the competition. Here’s a ranking of the 16 slams from the contest.
Common’s player introductions at the 2020 NBA All-Star game added a unique and fun twist to the routine pregame announcements, but not all of his rhymes were as clever or catchy as intended.
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