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Matthews returns to form in win over Iowa State

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NCAA Basketball: West Virgina at Iowa State The Register-USA TODAY NETWORK


WVU loses another offensive lineman to the transfer portal |
For the second time on Tuesday, an offensive lineman for WVU Football entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. Hours after redshirt sophomore Briason Mays put his name out on the transfer market, he was joined by fellow redshirt sophomore Blaine Scott.

Men’s Basketball

Matthews returns to form in West Virginia win over Iowa State | Charleston Gazette-Mail
According to his coach, junior forward Emmitt Matthews was the Mountaineer most adversely affected during the recent COVID-19 outbreak that caused West Virginia to postpone three games and forced Matthews to miss nearly two weeks of workouts as he had to quarantine.

It's time for WVU basketball team to show its true face | Charleston Gazette-Mail
On Tuesday, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. As of Tuesday, the West Virginia men’s basketball team has six weeks and a couple of days to determine how the rest of its season is going to go. An upcoming six-game stretch will go a long way in doing just that.

Huggins following West Virginia's win over Iowa State: 'We're a tough group to figure out' | The DA
Huggins has not been impressed with the defensive play of the Mountaineers as of late. He wasn’t very ecstatic about the offensive effort that his team put forth against Iowa State either.

HERTZEL: Osabuohien's impact can't be measured | WV News
Basketball is a game of skill, often of beauty. Think of Michael Jordan or Pete Maravich or Jerry West or Oscar Robertson or Bill Russell. Think of James Harden’s step-back or LeBron James’ entire repertoire of tricks. West Virginia’s Gabe Osabuohien offers none of the above.

Women’s Basketball

WVU Debuts at No. 24 in USA Today Coaches Poll | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University women's basketball team (13-2, 7-2 Big 12) made its season debut at No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, announced Tuesday.


Mountaineers Check In at No. 21 in NCBWA Poll | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University baseball team was placed at No. 21 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason Poll, the organization announced on Tuesday evening.

West Virginia Athletics

Boyd Enters National Rankings | West Virginia University Athletics
Redshirt freshman Jeffrey Boyd of the West Virginia University wrestling team enters the national rankings for the first time in his collegiate career, as announced by several publications on Wednesday.

Around the Big 12

Kansas Basketball: NCAA Cloud Clearly Hurting Recruiting | Heartland College Sports
It’s been a rough stretch for the Kansas Jayhawks. It’s now clear why — the recruiting pipeline had taken a hit.

No. 2 Baylor finishes strong in 83-69 victory over No. 6 Texas | Burnt Orange Nation
The visiting Bears were sensational throughout as the Longhorns lost contact during a second-half run by Baylor.

After Beating Texas it’s Time to Say it: Baylor Might be the Best Big 12 Team Ever | Our Daily Bears
Nostalgia is one heck of a drug

Around the NCAA

Will Muschamp Explains The GameStop Story | Banner Society
A special report from college football’s finest financial mind

NBA mock draft 2021: The best picks for every team in first round | SBNation
Our latest projection of the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft.

Super Bowl 2021 picks: Experts select winner for Chiefs vs. Buccaneers | SBNation
Tom Brady’s Bucs vs. Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs — who do you have?

Kansas City Is Executing Its Master Plan to Perfection | The Ringer
The Chiefs’ front office, led by general manager Brett Veach, is operating with speed and skill akin to the team’s high-powered offense

The Dallas Cowboys are not getting fixed with one offseason | Blogging The Boys
It is fair to look for improvement, but you better be ready for the long haul to restore hopes for a Lombardi.

A Ranking of the Most Definitive Post–Super Bowl TV Episodes | The Ringer
The spot after the big game is prime real estate. Some series capitalize on it; others wilt in the spotlight.

WWE’s Future Is a Journey Into Its Past | The Ringer
Wrestling fans are trained to believe in immortality. But as WWE moves onto Peacock, it’s taking that approach to new levels—and seems set to double down on its nostalgia play.

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