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The West Virginia football team will hold its annual Gold-Blue Spring Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. The Mountaineers will open their second spring practices under coach Neal Brown in early March.
It is now safe to say that West Virginia has built a pipeline to Philadelphia, and specifically to Imhotep Charter School. Saint McLeod, a three-star junior safety from Imhotep, announced his commitment to the Mountaineers after a weekend visit. McLeod is a former high school teammate of WVU’s Tykee Smith.
Mount Rushmore honors four distinguished U.S. Presidents that stood out in history. So, who would be on the Mount Rushmore of West Virginia basketball players? Should the lineup highlight historic Mountaineer greats, like Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley? Should it focus on more recent legends, like Da’Sean Butler and Jevon Carter? Maybe it’s a combination of both! Cast your vote here!
West Virginia dropped one spot in the AP Top 25, moving to #13 this week. In the USA Today Coaches Top 25, the Mountaineers held their spot as the #11 team in the country. WVU was also at #9 in the NET rankings.
Derek Culver had 19 points and 14 rebounds against Kansas State, marking his sixth double-double of the year and 14th of his career at WVU. Along with scoring and grabbing rebounds, Culver has been showing an ability to defend and put his teammates in good positions with his passing this season.
On this episode of Three Guys Before The Game, Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval discuss #13 West Virginia’s win over Kansas State. The guys also discuss how the Mountaineers could have a good night from three against an Iowa State team that has struggled to defend opponents from behind the arc.
Three weeks after its last victory, the West Virginia women’s basketball team found its way back into the win column Sunday with a 79-71 triumph over Iowa State. The Mountaineers will look to keep the new win streak alive when they travel to Oklahoma on Wednesday.
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The West Virginia baseball team was picked to finish seventh in this year’s Big 12 preseason poll. The Mountaineers finished fourth in the Big 12 and were the runners-up in the Big 12 Tournament last season.
West Virginia native Noah Adams posted a 19-15 record and was seeded 20th in the NCAA Tournament last season. The WVU sophomore is now 24-0 with eight wins over nationally ranked opponents.
The #3 West Virginia rifle team extended its season win streak to nine with a 4710-4652 win at #13 Ohio State on Saturday. The Mountaineers are now 9-0 this season.
The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept George Washington in the Mountaineers’ final dual meet of the regular season on Saturday. Next up for the Mountaineers is the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown.
The West Virginia golf team opened the 2019-20 spring season with a 10-stroke victory over Connecticut on Sunday. The Mountaineers shot a seven-over-par.
The West Virginia tennis team began the 2020 spring season with a win on Friday, as the Mountaineers defeated Towson, 7-0.
The Mountaineer tennis team finished its season-opening weekend with a 7-0 win over Toledo on Sunday.
The #24 West Virginia gymnastics team placed third at George Washington’s quad meet on Friday. Pitt finished first overall, while the host Colonials placed second and William & Mary finished fourth.
The West Virginia track and field team concluded action at the Penn State National Open on Saturday. Redshirt senior Candace Archer led the Mountaineers in her season debut with WVU’s lone win of the day, notching first place in the 1,000-meter run.
The West Virginia baseball team appeared in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Poll. The Mountaineers were right on the edge at #35 in the poll’s ranking of the nation’s top-35 teams entering the 2020 season.
Around the Big 12
Six Big 12 baseball teams were ranked and one other received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason poll. Texas Tech led the way for the conference at #3, while Oklahoma State checked in at #18 and Oklahoma appeared at #24. #28 TCU, #30 Texas, and #35 West Virginia were also included in the rankings.
Devon Dotson of Kansas earned his third Big 12 men’s basketball Player of the Week award, while Texas Tech’s Jahmi’us Ramsey picked up his second Newcomer of the Week honor.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 10 candidates for the 2020 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Big 12 representatives include Baylor’s Jared Butler, Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, and Devon Dotson of Kansas.
Around the NCAA
For the third straight week, the #1 Baylor is the top team in men’s college basketball. Gonzaga held steady at #2, followed by #3 Kansas, and undefeated San Diego State came in at #4.
If you were too distracted by football to pay enough attention to college basketball, get the answers to your March Madness questions here.
Kansas City wins its first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years by defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 31-21, in Miami. The win also gave Andy Reid his first-ever Super Bowl win as a head coach.
Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes shook off a bad start to lead the Chiefs to their first title in 50 years. He also made himself the youngest player to win a regular season MVP and a Super Bowl in NFL history.
Unsurprisingly, there were several Super Bowl records that were either broken or tied Sunday. Here are a few records that stand out.
This year’s Super Bowl commercials ranged from tear-jerking to infuriating. Here is a look at the most memorable — good, bad, and in between.
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