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Women’s Basketball

Mike Carey named to Naismith Coach of the Year watch list

West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey has been named to the Naismith Women’s Coach of the year Late-Season Watch List. Carey is the only coach from the Big 12 named to the list, as he joins 15 other coaches from women’s basketball to be named. The Mountaineers are currently 16-3 on the year and are second in the Big 12 at 10-3 in conference play.

WVU cracks first top-16 rankings for NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee unveiled its first top-16 rankings for the 2021 NCAA Tournament and West Virginia was slotted in as a four-seed. This year’s NCAA Tournament will take place in San Antonio and the surrounding area from March 21st through April 4th. All games will be broadcast on ESPN.

Kysre Gondrezick leading Mountaineers with impressive season

Redshirt senior guard Kysre Gondrezick has led the West Virginia women’s basketball team to a 16-3 record so far this season, alongside currently having a second-place spot in the Big 12 standings. Gondrezick, who leads WVU in points, assists, and steals, also helped lead the Mountaineers to 11 straight wins earlier this season.

Mountaineers Rank No. 24 in Coaches Poll

The West Virginia women’s basketball team fell three spots to rank #24 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll. WVU is one of two Big 12 teams featured in the poll. Baylor moved up one spot to rank #8 this week.

West Virginia women’s hoops versus Baylor postponed

The West Virginia women’s basketball game against Baylor on Wednesday night was postponed due to inclement weather.

Men’s Soccer

After 13 months, Dan Stratford finally gets to lead WVU on the pitch

With the pandemic shifting the men’s soccer season from the fall to the spring, a much-anticipated debut is near. 57 weeks after being hired to lead the men’s soccer program at his alma mater, Dan Stratford will finally lead the Mountaineers on the pitch as West Virginia opens the 2021 season at Charlotte on February 26th.

WVU men’s soccer picked fourth in MAC preseason poll

The West Virginia men’s soccer team was voted to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll, despite being the returning MAC Tournament champions. This will be WVU’s first season under new head coach, and former Mountaineer midfielder, Dan Stratford.

WVU men’s soccer’s season opener at Coastal Carolina canceled

The West Virginia men’s soccer team’s season opener against Coastal Carolina on Saturday, has been canceled and the match will not be made up. The Mountaineers are now set to open the 2021 spring season at Charlotte on Friday, February 26th.

West Virginia Athletics

Wolf Earns Preseason All-America Honors from NCBWA

Senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Wolf of the #14 West Virginia baseball team has been named a Preseason All-America Third Team selection by the National College Baseball Writers Association. Wolf becomes WVU’s first preseason All-American since Braden Zarbnisky was featured on the first team in 2018.

Mountaineers Remain at No. 4

The West Virginia rifle team remains #4 in the College Rifle Coaches Association Poll. WVU suffered its first loss of the season to #2 Kentucky on Saturday in a competitive 4723-4717 match. Looking ahead, the Mountaineers next shoot at an NCAA Qualifying Match on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

WVU women’s soccer’s spring slate announced

West Virginia’s 2021 women’s soccer spring schedule has been announced. The Mountaineers, who finished 7-2 during their conference-only fall slate, return to action with multiple matches, including home games against Virginia and Duke, leading up to this spring’s NCAA Tournament.

2021 Season Preview

Baseball is finally back in Morgantown. After an excruciating wait of 345 days between games, the #14 West Virginia baseball team has its eyes set on making up for lost time in 2021. And with a roster full of key contributors and no lack of motivation, the college baseball world is already taking notice of what is brewing at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Mountaineer wrestling holds steady in national rankings

Following their performances at the Cowboy Challenge, four members of the West Virginia wrestling team remain in the national rankings.

Around the Big 12

Jayhawks win Sunflower Showdown

Kansas knocked off Kansas State on Wednesday night 59-41 to win the Sunflower Showdown. Marcus Garrett led the #23 Jayhawks with 14 points, while Jalen Wilson added 11 points and 9 rebounds. The Jayhawks improve to 16-7 overall with the victory and 10-5 in Big 12 play. K-State drops to 5-18 overall and 1-13 in Big 12 play.

Cunningham, Oklahoma State hand Iowa St. 11th straight loss

Freshman star Cade Cunningham had 21 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, while fellow freshman Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe added 17 points to help Oklahoma State close the game on a 9-0 run to beat Iowa State 76-58 on Tuesday.

Around the NCAA

No. 17 USC beats Arizona State 89-71 behind Mobley brothers

Evan Mobley had 22 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists to help #17 Southern California beat Arizona State 89-71 on Wednesday night. Isaiah Mobley also added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Trojans stay atop the Pac-12.

No. 25 Loyola Chicago hangs on to beat Valpo, 54-52

Loyola Chicago made a defensive stop in the final seconds to hang on for a 54-52 victory over Valparaiso on Wednesday night. Keith Clemons scored 16 points and Cameron Krutwig added 13 for the Ramblers.

2021 NBA trade deadline: Big questions, targets and draft capital for every NBA team

The 2021 NBA trade deadline is five weeks away, but teams are already looking at their rosters to determine what they already have and what they need moving forward. Here is a look at all 30 teams with the players who are off the board, trade targets, contracts that have the most value, toughest contracts to move, and the internal questions each team must answer leading up to the trade deadline on March 25th.

NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus stocks to buy or sell for each team in 2021

After one month of play in the 2021 NHL season, here is the newest edition of ESPN’s Power Rankings.

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