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West Virginia Slides Out of Top 25 After Nightmare Week

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After being projected as a #2 seed in the NCAA Tournament three weeks ago, the WVU men’s basketball team is no longer ranked.

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Football

McKivitz performs at NFL Scouting Combine

Colton McKivitz, the lone West Virginia football player to get the invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, made his appearance in front of pro scouts with the hopes of securing a selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. The offensive tackle is confirmed to have met with the Pittsburgh Steelers before going through combine drills.

Basketball

West Virginia drops out of both polls after nightmare week

West Virginia’s February free-fall has finally taken the Mountaineers out of the Top 25 as the calendar flips to the final month of the season. The Mountaineers had been ranked every week since Christmas, topping off at #12.

Is current Mountaineer malaise a collapse, or simply a correction?

West Virginia’s current slump feels like a full-fledged collapse. Just three weeks ago, the Mountaineers were tabbed by the NCAA selection committee as a #2 seed.

Thorn Number Retirement Stirs Memories of WVU Basketball’s Golden Era

It is difficult for people today to comprehend what a grip West Virginia men’s basketball had on sports fans in the Mountain State in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Mountaineer basketball players developed a rock-star status on campus and throughout the state.

Three Guys Before The Game – Iowa State Preview (Episode 185)

Will the Mountaineer basketball team regain a pulse before it’s too late? Tony Caridi, Brad Howe and Hoppy Kercheval discuss that on episode of Three Guy Before The Game. The guys also answer listener questions.

West Virginia retires Rod Thorn’s No. 44 in halftime ceremony

Rod Thorn’s #44 that was officially retired by West Virginia on Saturday. The Princeton, West Virginia, native is the third player in program history to receive the honor.

West Virginia, Iowa State to face off on Tuesday

The West Virginia men’s basketball team will be looking to snap its current losing streak when the Mountaineers take on a depleted Iowa State team tonight. The Cyclones are coming off a 12-point loss on the road against Oklahoma State and will look to defend their home court, where they have picked up 11 of their 12 total wins this season.

Mountaineers seeking fan support during skid

The West Virginia women’s basketball has gone 3-10 in their past 13 games. Amid a long stretch of games where the Mountaineers have seen many losses and only a few victories, head coach Mike Carey is calling on more support from fans.

West Virginia Falls to Iowa State in Ames

The West Virginia women’s basketball team fell to Iowa State on Saturday, 61-58. Three Mountaineers netted double digits, with sophomore guard Madisen Smith leading WVU with 17 points.

West Virginia Athletics

Bats stay hot in Mountaineer win over Richmond

The West Virginia baseball team defeated Richmond, 13-1, on Sunday. The Mountaineers tallied 17 hits in the win, including six extra-base hits. With the win, WVU took two of three games at the Central Virginia Challenge this weekend.

West Virginia places second in GARC Championships

The #3 West Virginia rifle team finished in second place behind #1 Kentucky in the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships. WVU had won 10 straight GARC Championships before this weekend.

Divers Set Program Records, WVU Closes Big 12s

West Virginia hosted the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend. The men’s team finished in second place, while the women’s team placed fifth. The Mountaineers collected 11 total medals.

WVU gymnasts finish second against Rutgers, Pitt

The West Virginia gymnastics team hosted Pitt and Rutgers on Sunday, with the Mountaineers finishing in second place. Pitt finished in first and Rutgers took third place.

Jackson Leads WVU on Final Day of Big 12s

The West Virginia track and field team concluded competition at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship with a pair of podium finishes by Hayley Jackson. The WVU redshirt sophomore earned a silver medal after a second-place finish in the women’s mile.

Mountaineers Drop Big 12 Opener to Iowa State

The West Virginia tennis team fell to Iowa State, 5-2, on Sunday. This was the first loss for the Mountaineers this season.

Mountaineers Welcome Four Newcomers

West Virginia men’s soccer coach Dan Stratford has announced that midfielders Brevin Andreadis, Ryan Baer, and Ike Swiger, along with defender Elijah Borneo, have joined the Mountaineers for the 2020 season.

2020 Spring Slate Unveiled

The West Virginia men’s soccer team’s 2020 spring schedule has been announced. Highlights include home matches against Duquesne and Charleston.

Around the Big 12

Texas Sweeps Swimming and Diving Championship

The Texas men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won the 2020 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Longhorn men have won all 24 championships since the inception of the conference, while the women earned their 18th.

Iowa State Men, Texas Women Win Big 12 Indoor T&F Championship

The Iowa State men’s track & field team and the Texas women’s track & field team won the 2020 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Team Champions this weekend. This was the first team indoor conference title for the Cyclones, and the Longhorns set a Big 12 record with 180.33 total team points.

TCU, Texas Collect Men’s Basketball Weekly Awards

TCU’s Desmond Bane and Texas’ Andrew Jones shared the Big 12 men’s basketball Player of the Week award after upsets over Top 25 opponents. TCU’s PJ Fuller also earned his first Newcomer of the Week honor.

Dotson Named a Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Finalist

Kansas sophomore Devon Dotson has been named one of five finalists for the 2020 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Dotson would become the second Jayhawk to win the honor, as Frank Mason III was the 2017 recipient.

Around the NCAA

NCAA basketball men’s rankings: Dayton keeps climbing

#1 Kansas stayed at the top of the AP poll this week. The Jayhawks are followed by #2 Gonzaga and #3 Dayton, after Baylor fell to #4 following the Bears’ upset loss.

Bracketology 2020: What the NCAA tournament looks like as we flip to March

Two weeks from right now we will have the real bracket for the NCAA Tournament. Right now there is still a lot to be decided before the final tickets to the big dance are punched.

Rutgers baseball postponed a game because its equipment was sprayed with jet fuel

A scheduled baseball game between Rutgers and St. Joseph’s was postponed on Monday due to what Rutgers is calling an “equipment issue.” It’s unclear how much jet fuel drenched the team’s equipment bags, but it was enough to functionally render their contents unusable.

Tony Romo is now TV’s highest-paid broadcaster, and he’s worth it

Former Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo will reportedly sign a deal with CBS worth $17 million per year for broadcasting. Romo’s ability to predict plays before they happen is one of the strongest and most unique skillsets in broadcasting.

2020 NFL mock draft: What the fallout of Tua Tagovailoa going No. 2 to Washington could look like

A potential bombshell was dropped at the NFL Scouting Combine. What happens if Washington doesn’t draft Chase Young?

The Lakers can sign Dion Waiters or J.R. Smith. Who should it be?

The Los Angeles Lakers have a roster spot to fill. It looks like it’s Dion Waiters and. J.R. Smith competing for the Lakers’ final rose.


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