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West Virginia moves up to #13 in AP Top 25

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Football

Darius Stills is consensus All-American

West Virginia senior defensive tackle Darius Stills has been recognized as a Consensus All-America. Stills, the 2020 Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year, is the second WVU defensive lineman to earn Consensus All-American honors, with the first being Bruce Bosley in 1955. He also is the first Mountaineer to earn the distinction since 2006 when Steve Slaton and Dan Mozes received the honor.

Men’s Basketball

Mountaineers move up in AP Top 25

After an impressive comeback win over Oklahoma State and a narrow loss to #4 Texas, WVU men’s basketball has climbed one spot to #13 this week in the AP Top 25. For yet another week, five Big 12 teams are ranked in the top 20, with the three highest-ranked squads staying in the top 10.

Huggins on Texas performance: ‘We are what we are’

Even with the setback in the last couple games for West Virginia, head coach Bob Huggins still has faith in his team going forward. “We are what we are, and we are still pretty damn good by the way,” Huggins said following a tight loss to Texas.

Three Guys Before The Game – Hoops On Hold (Episode 260)

On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,”, the group discusses Saturday’s heart-breaking defeat to Texas, the postponement of Tuesday’s game at Baylor, and Oscar Tshiebwe’s decision to abandon his team and join the Kentucky Wildcats.

Tuesday’s WVU-Baylor matchup called off due to COVID protocols

The Big 12 Conference has postponed Tuesday’s men’s basketball matchup between #13 West Virginia and #2 Baylor due to COVID protocols.

Late Texas basket drops Mountaineers; 72-70

#13 West Virginia nearly had its first top-five victory of the season against #4 Texas, but Andrew Jones’ last-second three-pointer lifted the Longhorns over the Mountaineers, 72-70 on Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Basketball

Gondrezick carries Mountaineers in upset over No. 17 Texas after her father’s passing

The West Virginia women’s basketball team made a big statement with a dominating win against #17 Texas at the Coliseum by a score of 92-58 on Saturday night. Kysre Gondrezick led the Mountaineers with 24 points, a game-best just two days after the passing of her father, former NBA player Grant Gondrezick.

Gondrezick Named Student-Athlete of the Week

Following a 24-point game in the Mountaineers’ 92-58 upset victory over #17 Texas last week, redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick of the West Virginia women’s basketball team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

Wrestling

Mountaineers open season with two victories

The West Virginia wrestling team opened the season on Sunday afternoon with two victories over Kent State and Ohio, and a loss to #8 Virginia Tech. WVU’s Adams, the #1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, went 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. The redshirt junior has now extended his match win streak to 35, which dates back to last season.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Snapshot: Shifting to hoops

The Big 12 Snapshot shifts from football to basketball this week. The ranking consists of tiers that analyze which Big 12 teams are potential top four NCAA tournament seeds, which teams are post-season tournament contenders, and which conference teams are likely to miss the postseason altogether.

McCormack scores 17 as No. 6 Kansas edges Oklahoma, 63-59

David McCormack hit the clinching short hook shot with 12.8 seconds to go, giving him 17 points and #6 Kansas a hard-earned 63-59 victory over Oklahoma. The Sooners were playing without Brady Manek and Jalen Hill because of COVID-19 protocols.

Edwards, McClung lead No. 18 Texas Tech over Iowa St 91-64

Kyler Edwards struck early in his second straight start for #18 Texas Tech, scoring 16 of his 19 points in the first half as the Red Raiders built a huge lead and breezed past Iowa State 91-64 on Saturday.

Oklahoma State makes last 13 shots, beats Kansas State 70-54

Isaac Likekele had 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Oklahoma State beat Kansas State 70-54 on Saturday night. Cade Cunningham only made one field goal for the Cowboys.

Around the NCAA

Tshiebwe announces transfer to Kentucky

Just 10 days after his departure from the West Virginia men’s basketball, which was allegedly due to “personal reasons,” sophomore Oscar Tshiebwe has announced that he will join the Kentucky Wildcats. WVU head coach Bob Huggins confirmed that “outside influences” were the real reason that the struggling forward left his program.

Garza scores 33, No. 5 Iowa beats No. 16 Minnesota 86-71

Luka Garza had 33 points and the #5 Hawkeyes beat #16 Minnesota 86-71 on Sunday. Iowa senior guard Jordan Bohannon added 19 points, a career-high 14 assists, and seven rebounds for the Hawkeyes.

No. 25 UConn cracks Top 25, squeezes past DePaul 60-53

UConn returned to the Top 25 for the first time in more than four years, then immediately got all it could handle from a struggling DePaul squad. Tyrese Martin scored 18 points and #25 Connecticut beat the Blue Demons 60-53 for its fourth straight victory on Monday.

Cone, No. 19 Hokies shut down Fighting Irish 77-63

Jalen Cone scored 18 points off the bench to lift #19 Virginia Tech to a 77-63 win over Notre Dame.

Same old Browns? Hardly. Cleveland drills Steelers 48-37

The Cleveland Browns dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers, 48-37, in the wild-card round Sunday night, picking up the franchise’s first postseason victory in more than a quarter-century and earning a trip to Kansas City next Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champions.

The NFL gave Nickelodeon its first F-bomb

They say kids learn a lot from TV, and Cordarelle Patterson taught the youth plenty if they were watching New Orleans Saints’ win over the Chicago Bears on Nickelodeon.

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