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4-seed West Virginia women’s basketball team will play 13-seed Lehigh on Sunday

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Football

WVU football announces linebacker addition

West Virginia football coach Neal Brown has announced that Lance Dixon, a redshirt freshman linebacker, has signed a grant-in-aid and will transfer to WVU from Penn State. Dixon will have four years of eligibility remaining to play during a four-year period.

Men’s Basketball

WVU remains inside the top 15 in the final AP Poll

The final Associated Press Poll of the season has been released and the West Virginia men’s basketball team remains inside the top 15. The Mountaineers fall three spots to #13. As for the other Big 12 teams, Baylor finished at #3, Texas moved up to #9 after claiming the conference title, Oklahoma State finished at #11, Kansas at #12, and Texas Tech at #21.

Three Guys Before The Game – NCAA Preview (Episode 278)

On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,”, the guys react to the Mountaineers’ favorable #3 seeding and the Big 12 Conference’s success of placing seven teams in the tournament field. This is just the third time in school history that WVU will enter the tournament seeded #3 or better.

West Virginia is a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament

The West Virginia men’s basketball team will be the #3 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament and will face the #14 seed Morehead State Eagles in the First Round on Friday. This will be WVU’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since it reached the Sweet 16 as a #4 seed in the 2018 tournament.

WVU Earns 30th NCAA Tournament Bid

The West Virginia men’s basketball team will be making its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history when it takes on Morehead State on Friday. This will also be Bob Huggins’ 10th tournament appearance in 14 seasons at WVU.

Defensive-minded Morehead State is one of college basketball’s hottest teams

No Division I basketball team has won more games in the 2021 calendar year than Morehead State, West Virginia’s first-round opponent in the NCAA Tournament.

Women’s Basketball

WVU women earn 4-seed in NCAA Tournament field

For the first time since 2017, the West Virginia women’s basketball team will play in the NCAA Tournament. The #17 Mountaineers are the 4-seed in the Hemisfair Region and will play 13-seed Lehigh in the first round. The game will be played Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU. WVU and Lehigh have only met one other time, in 1999, when the Mountaineers fell in that game, 89-73.

WVU women stay put in AP Top 25

The West Virginia women’s basketball team is staying put in the Associated Press Top 25. WVU checks in at #17 once again this week after advancing to the Big 12 championship game.

Deans Named WVU Student-Athlete of the Week

After a notching three, double-figure scoring performances in the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship last week, sophomore guard Kirsten Deans of the women’s basketball team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.

Carey following loss to Baylor: ‘we have to forget about this one’

On Sunday, the #17 West Virginia women’s basketball team lost the Big 12 conference Championship 76-50 to the top seeded, #5 Baylor. BU’s defense overwhelmed the Mountaineers, forcing them to shoot a measly 27% from the field and just under 19% from three-point range.

WVU unable to overcome shooting woes in loss against Baylor

The #17 West Virginia women’s basketball team was defeated by #5 Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game, by a final score of 76-50. The Mountaineers now will look towards the NCAA Tournament.

West Virginia Athletics

Five Mountaineers advance to NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

The West Virginia men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are sending multiple divers to a single championship for the first time in program history. Sophomore Owen Johns led the team on the final day, securing his bid with a fifth-place finish in the 1-meter. Fellow Mountaineers Jacob Cardinal Tremblay, Jake Lowe, and PJ Lenz will also be diving at the national championship. Senior swimmer David Dixon will also be competing.

WVU gymnastics defeats Pittsburgh in Backyard Brawl

The West Virginia gymnastics team closed out the Backyard Brawl series with a win against Pittsburgh in the regular season finale, 196.100-193.400, on Sunday afternoon. With the win the Mountaineers were able to come out on top in three of the four events winning vault, uneven parallel bars, and floor exercise, while also hitting their season-high total score.

WVU baseball readies for midweek series with Morehead State

The West Virginia baseball team continues its homestand by playing host to Morehead State for a two-game, midweek series on March 16th and 17th, at Monongalia County Ballpark. Freshman left-handed pitcher Ben Hampton will get the start for the Mountaineers on Tuesday, while freshman right-hander Carlson Reed will start on Wednesday. WVU is 5-5 this season.

WVU cross country finishes competition at NCAA’s

Sophomore Ceili McCabe of the West Virginia cross country team finished 42nd overall at the 2020 NCAA Championships on Monday, giving the Mountaineers a 29th-place team finish. Redshirt sophomore Katherine Dowie was the Mountaineers’ second finisher on the day in 150th place and senior Hayley Jackson took 183rd.

Kluska home run propels WVU to a doubleheader split with CMU

Former Greenbrier East Spartan Mikey Kluska hit a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the West Virginia baseball team an 8-7 win over Central Michigan in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader. CMU won the first game 12-4.

Golf Wraps Up Day One in Austin

The West Virginia golf team played 36 holes in the first day of the George Hannon Intercollegiate at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. After day one, WVU is tied with Kansas State for seventh place at 14-over-par.

WVU men’s soccer suffers first loss of season against Western Michigan

The West Virginia men’s soccer team was handed its first loss of the season this Sunday against Western Michigan, 1-0. The Mountaineers found themselves struggling to create scoring opportunities, largely due to a red card called on WVU’s junior midfielder Aaron Denk-Garcia in the 64th minute.

WVU tennis loses to No. 12 Baylor, 7-0

The West Virginia tennis team was swept, 7-0, against #12 Baylor to finish the weekend with a second-straight loss on Sunday. The Mountaineers will look to pick up their first Big 12 win of the season when they return to action and play TCU on March 19th in Morgantown.

Around the Big 12

Baylor-Hartford NCAA Tournament Preview: Why the Bears Win and How to Watch

#1 seed Baylor will begin the NCAA Tournament by taking on #16 seed Hartford at 2:30 on Friday in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Bears are favored by 25 or 26 points on most sports books.

Texas earns No. 3 seed in 2021 NCAA Tournament, will face No. 14 Abilene Christian

The Texas men’s basketball team is back in the Big Dance, earning a #3 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament, where they begin by facing the #14 seed Abilene Christian Wildcats on March 20th.

Around the NCAA

March Madness 2021: What to know about every team in the NCAA tournament bracket

Now that the 2021 men’s NCAA tournament field is set, you will need the right information to make the right picks in your March Madness bracket. Here is a 68-team preview to help you prepare to fill out your brackets.

The storied Indiana venues hosting the 2021 NCAA tournament

Take a trip around Indiana and step into some of basketball’s meccas. These storied gyms that have produced household names for decades are now hosting the NCAA tournament.

2021 NBA trade deadline: Latest buzz, news and reports

The 2021 NBA trade deadline is on March 25th and teams will have to decide whether they are buyers or sellers in the next few weeks.

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