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The National Association of Basketball Coaches has announced the 2019-20 NABC Division I All-District teams and coaches. #24 West Virginia’s freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe joined fellow Big 12 stars on the First Team for District 8.
West Virginia is well-stocked for potentially making some noise next season thanks to who should be returning. Some of the key factors to next year’s success include the return of WVU’s dominant post players, consistent guard play, and improved three-point shooting.
No March memories will be made this year, but NCAA Tournament history is full of memorable moments for West Virginia basketball. Here are WVU’s four most memorable first-round games.
Now is the perfect time to look back at West Virginia’s top tournament showings. After starting with WVU’s most memorable first-round games (above), it is time to look at the Mountaineers’ biggest games in the second round.
Nathan Adrian is experiencing a mandated three-week quarantine in Bordeaux, France. The former Mountaineer joins “Three Guys Before The Game” for an update and details about how the Coronavirus situation is being handled in France.
Alex Ruoff has spent his days following graduation from West Virginia playing basketball across the world. Ruoff joins “Three Guys Before The Game” from Germany where he is awaiting a final decision on his currently suspended season.
West Virginia’s 2005 NCAA Tournament upset win over Wake Forest was full of drama and excitement. The game is now recognized as the greatest college basketball game ever played in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Redshirt sophomore Noah Adams, of the West Virginia wrestling team, has been named a finalist for the 2020 Win Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy. Fans can follow the link to vote for Adams.
The Mountaineer Sports Network from Learfield IMG College has announced that classic West Virginia radio broadcasts from recent history will be made available to fans through a combination of terrestrial radio and on-demand digital platforms. Check out the schedule to rebroadcast classic WVU football, men’s basketball, and baseball games.
West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey details the events that transpired last week leading up to the cancellation of the 2020 college baseball season on this edition of the Mountaineer Insider Podcast. WVU was off to a great 11-5 start this season.
According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, former West Virginia safety Karl Joseph is joining the Cleveland Browns on a one-year contract after spending four seasons in Oakland. After being a first-round pick for the Raiders in 2016, the former Mountaineer had 236 tackles and forced seven turnovers.
Former West Virginia baseball catcher, Chase Illig, thought he would be hard at work during his first spring training in professional baseball. Now the minor leaguer is spending most of his days quarantined in a Florida hotel room with a New York Yankees teammate.
Canada will not be sending athletes to this summer’s Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed. This will affect former West Virginia women’s soccer standouts Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence, who play for the Canadian national women’s soccer team.
Around the Big 12
A trio of Big 12 men’s basketball players earned honors as Kansas teammates Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson, along with Baylor’s Jared Butler, were named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s 2019-20 All-America Team. Azubuike was a first team selection, Dotson was on the second team, and Butler was named to the third team.
Four Big 12 women’s basketball players earned All-America recognition from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Monday. Baylor’s Lauren Cox, who was the Big 12 Player of the Year, was an All-America First Team honoree. Baylor’s Te’a Cooper, Ashley Joens of Iowa State, and Texas Tech’s Brittany Brewer earned Honorable Mention honors.
The District 8 All-District Teams were composed of Big 12 men’s basketball players. The First Team included Devin Dotson and Udoka Azubuike of Kansas, West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe, Baylor’s Jared Butler, and Jahmi’us Ramsey of Texas Tech.
Around the NCAA
The 2007 season is commonly known as the weirdest year in the history of college football. Is 2020 going to be remembered as the weirdest season in college basketball history?
Maybe the world should look to one of college football’s most interesting coaches for coronavirus safety announcements. It’s hard for anyone to go against what LSU’s Ed Orgeron says.
The International Olympic Committee has yet to make an official determination on the status of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, but all signs are pointing to the games being postponed. Initially the committee had been firm on wanting to wait until late April before deciding whether the games should be canceled, postponed, or moved.
Tom Brady’s decision to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers creates uncertainty for the New England Patriots. Should the Pats bring in a veteran to take Brady’s place or should they look to the 2020 NFL Draft for the replacement quarterback?
NFL teams across the league have begun taking precautions during the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL’s annual league meeting has been canceled, and teams have suspended travel for scouting.
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