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  • West Virginia women’s basketball team gets fourth straight win

    West Virginia women’s basketball team gets fourth straight win

    Jan 15, 2021 9:45am

    COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 17 Women’s West Virginia at Texas
    Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup.

    Dante Bonamico crafted a perfect ending to his football career in Liberty Bowl

    Dante Bonamico authored the perfect end to an athletic career that saw him claim six state high school championships at Bridgeport High School and play at the top level of college football at West Virginia. Bonamico primarily saw action on special teams throughout his WVU career, which saw him appear in 40 games from 2017-2020.

    Neal Brown named to AFCA Board of Trustees

    West Virginia head coach Neal Brown has been elected to the American Football Coaches Association’s Board of Trustees, a group that formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA. Brown will represent the Big 12 Conference.

    Basketball

    WVU repels Lady Raiders’ rallies, deals Tech 4th straight loss

    West Virginia beat Texas Tech 83-78 in a Big 12 women’s basketball game, taking its largest lead at 71-56 after Jasmine Carson scored 10 points in a 12-0 run capped by one of her three-point goals with 6:41 left. This was the Mountaineers’ fourth win in a row.

    WVU women’s hoops moves Oklahoma State game to Saturday

    The West Virginia women’s basketball team has announced that it will face Oklahoma State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for January 23rd, the following Saturday. It will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

    West Virginia Athletics

    Divers Set Pair of School Records to Open Backyard Brawl

    Led by a pair of school records from junior PJ Lenz and freshman Sara Haggerty, the West Virginia men’s and women’s diving team completed the first of two days of competition against Pitt, at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown on Wednesday.

    Mountaineers Open Spring Season at No. 1

    The West Virginia rifle team opens the spring season at #1 in this week’s College Rifle Coaches Association Rankings. Kentucky ranks #2 this week, followed by Ole Miss at #3 and TCU at #4.

    Wrestler Peyton Hall enters national rankings

    Freshman Peyton Hall of the West Virginia wrestling team enters the national rankings at 165 pounds for the first time in his collegiate career. Hall joins redshirt juniors Noah Adams at 197 pounds and Killian Cardinale at 125 pounds, and junior Caleb Rea at 141 pounds in this week’s polls.

    Hammond Looks Ahead to the 2021 Season

    As the West Virginia rifle team prepares for its first meet in the 2021 season on January 16th, it is time to hear what head coach Jon Hammond expects to see from his team this season.

    Mountaineers in the Pros: Wild Card Weekend

    Three former West Virginia football players saw action during the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend. Karl Joseph made a huge play to start the game when he recovered the football for a touchdown. That play 14 seconds into the game was the first of many touchdowns for the Cleveland Browns as they destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Around the Big 12

    Cunningham scores 18; Oklahoma St. tops No. 6 Kansas 75-70

    Oklahoma State’s talented young squad is growing up. Cade Cunningham scored 18 points, and the Cowboys held off a late rally to beat #6 Kansas, 75-70, on Tuesday night. The Jayhawks trailed by three in the closing seconds and had the ball, but the Cowboys stole the inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor for a dunk as time expired.

    Harmon scores 22 points; Oklahoma cruises past TCU 82-46

    De’Vion Harmon made four three-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Oklahoma to an 82-46 win over TCU on Tuesday night. OU, which beat the Horned Frogs in December in a Big 12 Conference opener, ended a two-game losing skid with the win.

    UT’s Jones, Brown Earn Men’s Basketball Weekly Awards

    Andrew Jones and Greg Brown captured Big 12 men’s basketball weekly awards after leading #4 Texas to wins over Iowa State and at #14 West Virginia. Jones earned his second career Player of the Week award while Brown picked up the Newcomer of the Week honor for the second time this season.

    Around the NCAA

    WVU’s Lyons to Chair NCAA Division I Council

    West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has added another chairmanship to his impressive resume of accomplishments. He was recently appointed chair of the NCAA Division I Council, which is responsible for the day-to-day decision making for the entire organization.

    No. 1 Alabama wins national title 52-24 over No. 3 Ohio St

    DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable, and Mac Jones impeccable as top-ranked Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game, 52-24, against #3 Ohio State on Monday night. The Crimson Tide finished the season with a 13-0 record.

    Huff, Hauser lead No. 18 Virginia past Fighting Irish, 80-68

    Jay Huff scored 18 points and Sam Hauser had 15 points and nine rebounds Wednesday, as #18 Virginia beat Notre Dame 80-68 for its fourth consecutive win.

    James Harden traded to the Nets in 4-team blockbuster deal

    James Harden will be joining the Brooklyn Nets after being the centerpiece of a four-team trade that rocked the NBA on Wednesday. Check out the details of the complicated trade.

    NFL expert picks for the Divisional Playoff round

    With quarterback legends Tom Brady and Drew Brees facing off, as well as young stars Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen, it is looking like it will be a great weekend in the NFL.

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  • West Virginia announces postponement of two additional home games due to COVID-19

    West Virginia announces postponement of two additional home games due to COVID-19

    Jan 12, 2021 2:19pm

    NCAA Basketball: Texas at West Virginia
    Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

    The Mountaineers are now tentatively scheduled return to action in 11 days.

    In addition to tonight’s previously scheduled matchup against the Baylor Bears in Waco, the West Virginia men’s basketball program has announced the next two scheduled home games against TCU (Saturday, Jan. 16th) and Oklahoma State (Tuesday, Jan. 19th) have also been postponed.

    In a brief statement released this afternoon, Bryan Messerly, West Virginia’s associate athletic directory of communications, stated the postponement is in response to the Mountaineers being unable to meet the required COVID-19 thresholdsestablished by the Big 12 Conference.

    The statement goes on to add that West Virginia will work with the Big 12 Conference, TCU and Oklahoma State to reschedule the games.

    Barring any additional postponements, the Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, January 23rd, when they travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on Bruce Weber’s Kansas State Wildcats. That game is currently scheduled to tip-off at 2:00PM ET and will be broadcast on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.

  • West Virginia moves up to #13 in AP Top 25

    West Virginia moves up to #13 in AP Top 25

    Jan 12, 2021 12:15pm

    NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma State
    Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

    Good afternoon! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup.

    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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  • West Virginia’s Tuesday night matchup with Baylor Bears postponed due to COVID-19

    West Virginia’s Tuesday night matchup with Baylor Bears postponed due to COVID-19

    Jan 11, 2021 12:34pm

    NCAA Basketball: Texas at West Virginia
    Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

    According to reports from Matt Norlander of CBS Sports and Chris Anderson of EerSports.com, and now confirmed by West Virginia University, Tuesday’s West Virginia at Baylor basketball game has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols and positive cases within the WVU program.

    Breaking: Sources tell @CBSSports Tuesday night’s Baylor-West Virginia game is has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols within West Virginia’s program.

    — Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 11, 2021

    Schedule Alert

    Tuesday's game at Baylor has been postponed.

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    — WVU Men's Basketball (@WVUhoops) January 11, 2021

    Less than two hours before this announcement, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins spoke to the media on earlier on Monday saying that everyone was playing but they had just been tested earlier Monday morning.

    Less than two hours ago, Bob Huggins said his team was good to go and healthy, that the entire team was practicing. But he did say tests just happened this morning and he wouldn't know for certain about positive tests until later in the day.

    — Chris Anderson (@CMAnderson247) January 11, 2021

    No word on when the game at Baylor will be rescheduled.

    This continues a tumultuous couple of weeks in West Virginia basketball that began with Oscar Tshiebwe abruptly leaving the program (and landing at Kentucky). West Virginia is 1-2 in it’s last three games, losing to Oklahoma, beating Oklahoma State and then dropping a heartbreaker on a last-second shot Saturday against Texas in the Coliseum.

    Barring further setback the Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, January 16 when former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon brings TCU to the Coliseum.

  • No. 4 Texas erases West Virginia lead late, Mountaineers fall 72-70

    No. 4 Texas erases West Virginia lead late, Mountaineers fall 72-70

    Jan 9, 2021 3:34pm

    Jimmy V Classic
    Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    The Mountaineers took a punch straight in the gut in the final seconds, but there may be a teaching moment that can be rolled out of the performance.

    The Texas Longhorns came to the WVU Coliseum one of the hottest teams in the country on Saturday.

    Two slow starts in Oklahoma last week led to two huge half-time deficits for West Virginia, and the Mountaineers were expected to not make that same mistake again.

    After three layups and two alley-oop dunks by Texas, it was feeling like deja-vu just 3:05 into the first half when Bob Huggins called his first timeout.

    The good news for the Mountaineers came in the form of field goal percentage and Taz Sherman. Despite early moments of Swiss cheese defense, Sherman and company were able to knock down shots - shooting 50% from the floor.

    Sherman scored 13 in the first half to lead all scorers, making three of six from behind the arc.

    The Mountaineers would go into the half leading 40-36.

    The second half started similarly for WVU, starting the half on a 12-7 run on in the first seven minutes, building their lead to nine points. Texas responded with an 12-2 run of their own to tie the game up at 57 with 8:30 left to play.

    West Virginia regained a five point lead off a Sean McNeil three and a pair of free throws from Sherman, but were unable to hold off the Longhorns enough to put the game away.

    The Mountaineers relinquished the lead with two seconds remaining when Andrew Jones hit a wide-open three to put Texas up 72-70 following a pair of Emmitt Matthews free throw misses.

    Sherman led the Mountaineers with 17 points. Derek Culver added another double-double to his name, finishing with 14 points, 16 rebounds. Sean McNeil chipped in 14 points of his own, and Miles McBride finished with 12 points.

    West Virginia returns to action on Tuesday, when they take on the No. 2 ranked Baylor Bears in Waco. That game will tip at 9PM ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

  • GAME THREAD: No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 4 Texas Longhorns — Preview, pre-game updates, TV info, and more

    GAME THREAD: No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 4 Texas Longhorns — Preview, pre-game updates, TV info, and more

    Jan 9, 2021 12:00pm

    Join us in the comments as the Mountaineers welcome Shaka Smart (now with hair) and the Longhorns into the Coliseum

    WHEN/WHERE

    Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021

    Tip-Off Time: 1:00 PM ET

    Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia

     WVU Basketball | Photo taken by Katie MacCrory



    WATCH/LISTEN

    Channel: ESPN; DirecTV 206, DISH 140

    Announce Team: Mark Neely and Tim Welsh

    Online Streaming: WatchESPN, with a valid cable subscription

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    Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Online Stream | Radio Affiliates) | Sirius 135, XM 199

    Radio Announcers: Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs

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    ODDS

    Spread: West Virginia -1.5
    O/U: 140



    THE ENEMY

    Where are they from? Austin, Texas

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    Series History: This will be the 22nd meeting between West Virginia and Texas with the Longhorns holding a 12-9 series lead. West Virginia has won five of the last nine meetings in the series, but the Longhorns have won four of the last five meetings. The Mountaineers are 5-3 against the Longhorns at the WVU Coliseum. Since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12, the Mountaineers are 8-10 against the Longhorns. The series began on Dec. 28, 1973, with WVU winning 80-79 in the Far West Classic in Portland, Oregon.

    Record: 9-1 (3-0 Big 12)

    Record in 2019-20: 18-14 (7-11 Big 12)

    Head Coach: Shaka Smart (7th Season)

    NCAA Basketball: Texas at KansasJay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports



    PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP:

    West Virginia Mountaineers: Emmitt Matthews Jr, Jalen Bridges, Derek Culver, Sean McNeil, and Miles McBride

    Texas Longhorns: Greg Brown, Jericho Sims, Andrew Jones, Matt Coleman III, and Courtney Ramey


    PREDICTION THAT WILL BE WRONG

    I think Bob Huggins figured out a lineup that works in the second half of the Oklahoma State game on Monday, but I’m not sure how well that’s going to translate to the full 40 minutes. It’ll be interesting to see what issues have been ironed out this week in practice.

    I’m entering this game cautiously optimistic, and feel good about our chances to get the win over the No. 4 ranked Longhorns and begin the climb back into the top 10.

    West Virginia 75, Texas 72



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  • Derek Culver Named to Wooden Midseason Top 25 Watch List

    Derek Culver Named to Wooden Midseason Top 25 Watch List

    Jan 8, 2021 9:15am

    NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma State
    Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

    Good morning! This is the Shotgun Throwdown, your daily West Virginia sports roundup.

    Football

    WVU Football Experiences Significant Improvement in Year Two Under Neal Brown

    West Virginia took its first major step this year in its climb under second-year coach Neal Brown. The improvement the Mountaineers made in 2020 was across the board, most notably in the win column where it finished two games above .500 at 6-4. Canceled nonconference games against 2-6 Florida State and 2-3 Maryland because of the COVID-19 pandemic could have easily made it an eight-win season, a good indicator where Brown has the program headed.

    WVU QB Austin Kendall enters transfer portal

    After leading the West Virginia football team to a comeback victory over Army in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, quarterback Austin Kendall has entered the transfer portal. The redshirt senior appeared in two games for the Mountaineers in 2020 and still has one extra year of eligibility remaining due to the NCAA granting relief to all fall sport athletes.

    Men’s Basketball

    Culver Named to Wooden Midseason Top 25 Watch List

    West Virginia junior forward Derek Culver was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List. Culver is currently averaging a double-double with 13.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. The dominant Mountaineer big man is also shooing 50% from the field. While Culver moved onto the Wooden Award Watch List, former WVU forward Oscar Tshiebwe has fallen off the watch list due to his lackluster effort before quitting on Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers.

    Comeback win marks another milestone for Huggins

    In his 39th season as a head coach, and 14th season at West Virginia, Bob Huggins has reached another major milestone. Monday’s 87-84 comeback win over Oklahoma State was Huggins’ 300th victory at West Virginia. The only other head coach to win 300 or more games at WVU is Gale Catlett, who led the program from 1979-2002.

    Three Guys Before The Game – Stillwater Stunner (Episode 258)

    For a second straight game, #14 West Virginia battled back from a significant deficit, and this game will go down as one of the great comebacks in Mountaineer basketball history. WVU overcame a 19-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to stun Oklahoma State 87-84. On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” Tony Caridi and the crew try to put the “Stillwater Stunner” into perspective.

    Memories of Great Mountaineer Comeback Road Victories

    #14 West Virginia’s 87-84 win at Oklahoma State was not the first comeback road victory in WVU history. Take a trip down memory lane and recall some of the Mountaineers’ best come-from-behind wins, including the 16-point comeback that Jerry West led against Villanova at the Palestra in Philadelphia in 1958.

    Johnson, Sherman lift Mountaineers in come-from-behind win

    #14 West Virginia was in a woeful state for 29 minutes on Monday night against Oklahoma State when it fell down by as much as 19 points with 11:15 remaining in the game. Then the Mountaineers utilized a 20-7 run over a span of nine minutes to take the lead and hang on for the 87-84 victory.

    West Virginia Athletics

    Trio of Grapplers Rank Nationally

    Three West Virginia wrestlers rank inside the top 25 of their respective weight classes. Redshirt junior Noah Adams opens the 2021 season ranked #1 at 197 pounds by Intermat, FloWrestling and The Open Mat. The Coal City, West Virginia, native was crowned a Big 12 champion a year ago, finishing the season with a 32-0 record. At 125 pounds, redshirt junior Killian Cardinale is at #12 according to Intermat and FloWrestling. Weirton, West Virginia, native Caleb Rea starts his junior season at #20 according to FloWrestling.

    WVU athletics not allowing spectators through Jan. 24

    The West Virginia Athletic Department will not allow fans at indoor WVU events through January 24th. The Mountaineers have been unable to host fans at winter sports events all season, and it is beginning to look very unlikely that the University will allow fans at any point this season, which is detrimental to WVU teams that rely on their passionate fans at home.

    WVU to Make Appearance on ESPNU

    The West Virginia gymnastics team’s dual meet at Oklahoma on Sunday, January 31st, will now be featured on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET. The Mountaineers’ 2021 season starts with back-to-back competitions against 2019 NCAA National Champion and reigning Big 12 Conference champion OU.

    Mountaineers in the Pros: Week 17

    In Week 17 of the 2020 NFL Season, 10 former Mountaineers saw action. David Long Jr. started at inside linebacker for the Tennessee Titans and recorded eight tackles, with three being solo stops. Long saw action on all 63 defensive plays. Mark Glowinski saw action on all 67 offensive plays in the Indianapolis Colts’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Glowinski has played in every offensive snap this season.

    Around the Big 12

    Jones scores 23, No. 4 Texas holds off Iowa State 78-72

    Andrew Jones scored a career-high 23 points and #4 Texas held off Iowa State 78-72 on Tuesday night. The Longhorns led by as much as 15 early in the second half and appeared to be cruising to an easy win over an Iowa State team that is still winless in conference play. But the Cyclones kept chipping away and made it tough for Texas at the end.

    No. 6 Kansas gets 11th Big 12 road win in row, 93-64 at TCU

    David McCormack had a season-high 20 points to lead five Kansas players in double figures, and the #6 Jayhawks beat TCU 93-64 on Tuesday night. It came only three days after a 25-point home loss to #4 Texas that matched the most lopsided win by an opponent in the 65-year history of Allen Fieldhouse.

    No. 18 Texas Tech tops K-State 82-71 for 1st Big 12 home win

    Sophomore guard Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 22 points and junior guard Mac McClung added 16, as the #18 Red Raiders beat Kansas State 82-71 on Tuesday night. Freshman Nigel Pack scored a season-high 17 points for the Wildcats.

    OU’s Gibson Sweeps Men’s Basketball Weekly Awards

    Umoja Gibson claimed both Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Newcomer of the Week after coming off the bench to lead Oklahoma to a 75-71 upset over West Virginia. These are his first Big 12 honors since transferring to OU.

    Around the NCAA

    Dickinson-led No. 10 Michigan routs No. 16 Minnesota 82-57

    Freshman Hunter Dickinson scored a season-high 28 points as #10 Michigan pulled away and beat #16 Minnesota 82-57 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten. The Wolverines had a 19-point edge in the second half after leading by just six points after a sloppy first half.

    Louisville tops No. 19 Virginia Tech 73-71 in ACC showdown

    David Johnson scored 17 points, including a crucial free throw with five seconds left, as Louisville emerged with a 73-71 victory over #19 Virginia Tech. The Cardinals are now 8-1 overall, with a 3-0 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

    No. 21 Duke edges Boston College 83-82 without Coach K

    #21 Duke lucked out and defeated Boston College 83-82 on Wednesday night, while head coach Mike Krzyzewski was sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols. Wendell Moore Jr. scored a season-high 25 points for the Blue Devils.

    Barstool Fund raises over $18M for small businesses; donations quickly growing

    Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has launched the Barstool Fund to help struggling businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than $18 million has been raised to assist 74 small businesses until they can get back on their feet and numbers keep climbing.

    NFL experts predict: Wild-card weekend upsets, QBs under pressure and Cam’s 2021 landing spot

    This could be the wildest NFL wild-card weekend ever. There are six games on the schedule as the NFL begins its postseason march to Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.

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  • West Virginia’s remarkable comeback could be defining moment of the season

    West Virginia’s remarkable comeback could be defining moment of the season

    Jan 5, 2021 9:45am

    NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Oklahoma State
    Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

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    Football

    Three Guys Before The Game – Liberty Bowl Champions) Episode 257

    On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” the guys dissect the AutoZone Liberty Bowl win and what it means to the West Virginia football program now and in the future. Quarterback Austin Kendall successfully led two touchdown drives, while WVU’s defense held Army’s vaunted running game to 100-yards below its season average.

    Bowl notebook: Simmons exits with top honors, Brown eyes next step

    With just one game remaining in the college football season, West Virginia will likely finish in the top five in the FBS in total defense. The Mountaineers are currently fourth in the nation, allowing 291.4 yards per game.

    Mountaineers crowned AutoZone Liberty Bowl champs

    West Virginia came back from a double-digit second half deficit to beat the Army Black Knights, 24-21, in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, on New Year’s Eve.

    Basketball

    Remarkable comeback could be season-defining moment | WV News
    The remarkable 87-84 come-from-behind victory by the West Virginia basketball team at Oklahoma State Monday night was key for so many reasons.

    WVU’s Jalen Bridges shines in first collegiate start

    Bob Huggins had some flattering words for his prized freshman, who earned his first career start at Oklahoma on Saturday. The West Virginia head coach said that “Jalen Bridges was one of our top three or four guys in practice a year ago,” Huggins believes that Bridges can be a great player if he can play the way he did at the end a year ago.

    WVU hoops falls out of top 10 in latest AP poll

    After a road loss to Oklahoma, the West Virginia men’s basketball team checks in at #14 in the latest AP Top 25. The Mountaineers dropped five spots this week, down from #9. Their highest ranking this season is #7.

    Gondrezick leads Mountaineers to first Big 12 victory

    After a long two-week break over the holiday season, the West Virginia women’s basketball team started the new year with a solid Big 12 win over the Oklahoma Sooners, 90-72, on Sunday evening. Star guard Kysre Gondrezick was in absolute control on both ends of the court, leading the Mountaineers in scoring with 27 points.

    Game time announced for WVU vs. Texas

    A game time for #14 West Virginia men’s basketball team’s next home game has been announced. The Mountaineers will host Texas on Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

    Oklahoma Outlasts West Virginia Saturday in Norman

    The Mountaineers lost a Big 12 road game to Oklahoma, 75-71, on Saturday. Freshman Jalen Bridges made his first career start and was the only West Virginia player who could consistently score, tallying 11 of his season-high 19 points in the first half.

    Tshiebwe ‘will not return’, Huggins says

    Following the departure of sophomore forward Oscar Tshiebwe from the West Virginia basketball program, head coach Bob Huggins expressed that he was not surprised and that the underachieving big man will not return to WVU.

    Around the Big 12

    Big 12 Final Snapshot: What did we learn?

    The Big 12 Conference ended this football season as the only Power 5 conference to go undefeated in bowl games, going 5-0. The strong bowl showing by the Big 12 comes a year after the conference was just 1-5 in bowl games.

    No. 8 Texas tops No. 3 KU 84-59 to tie record margin at Phog

    Courtney Ramey scored 18 points to lead five players in double-figures scoring, and Texas beat the Jayhawks 84-59 to match the most lopsided win by an opponent in the 65-year history of Allen Fieldhouse.

    TCU beats Kansas State 67-60 for fifth straight win

    RJ Nembhard scored 21 points and TCU held on for a 67-60 victory over Kansas State on Saturday for the Horned Frogs’ fifth straight victory. TCU is now 2-1 in conference play, while the Wildcats fall to 1-2.

    Texas Longhorns hire Alabama Crimson Tide OC Steve Sarkisian as new head coach

    Texas did not wait long to hire Tom Herman’s replacement, as the Longhorns announced Saturday that they have agreed to a deal with Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

    No. 6 Kansas looks to extend streak vs TCU

    #6 Kansas looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over TCU. The Jayhawks have won by an average of eight points in its last six wins over the Horned Frogs.

    No. 18 Texas Tech looks for home win vs Kansas State

    #18 Texas Tech looks for its seventh straight home win over Kansas State.

    Around the NCAA

    NCAA announces details for relocation of men’s basketball tournament to Indiana

    All 67 games in the 2021 NCAA Tournament will take place in Indiana, with the majority set to be played in Indianapolis. Games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

    Podlesny’s FG lifts Georgia past Cincinnati in Peach Bowl

    Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny made a 53-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to help the #11 Bulldogs give #6 Cincinnati its only loss of the season with a dramatic 24-21 victory in the Peach Bowl.

    Texas A&M runs past North Carolina in Orange Bowl, 41-27

    Quarterback Kellen Mond led #5 Texas A&M to a 41-27 win over #14 North Carolina on Saturday night in the Orange Bowl, which completed a winless bowl season for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    Kentucky runs for 281, beats NC State 23-21 in chippy Gator Bowl

    Kentucky held off #24 North Carolina State, 23-21, on Saturday in a chippy Gator Bowl. UK’s A.J. Rose ran for a career-high 148 yards, while Chris Rodriguez added 84 yards and two scores.

    2021 NFL Mock Draft: Complete first round

    With the regular season complete, many teams will now turn their attention to the NFL Draft. There is still a lot unknown about the format it will take or how the scouting combine will proceed, but the draft order of the non-playoff teams is set and here is a complete first-round mock draft.

    The Eagles suspicious loss sends Washington to the playoffs

    Did the Philadelphia Eagles tank? Head coach Doug Pederson can deny it all he likes, but it certainly looked like it on Sunday night.

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