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Baylor drops short-handed Mountaineers 78-66

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WACO, Texas — West Virginia’s basketball team found out Saturday what things might have been like this season without its two senior leaders.

For the most part it wa...

Big 12 title still within Mountaineers’ grasp

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MORGANTOWN — The way Bob Huggins looks at it, things couldn’t be lined up much better for West Virginia’s basketball team heading into the final three games of the season...

WVU turns tables on Texas, wins 71-64

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MORGANTOWN — Daxter Miles knows that West Virginia has had its issues recently with Texas. Even though he wasn’t around for any of the Mountaineers’ three losses to the L...

Another shot for WVU at Longhorns

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MORGANTOWN — On Jan. 17, West Virginia’s basketball team went to Austin to face a Texas team that had spent most of the first two months of the season ranked in the Top 10. It w...

Mountaineers found range vs. Cowboys

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MORGANTOWN — Even during those times this season when West Virginia’s basketball team was running at what pretty much seemed like peak efficiency, there always was something mis...

Browne shines as Mountaineers defeat No. 22 Oklahoma State

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Gary Browne’s focus going into Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State had little to do with offense. It was all about playing defense and keeping Phi...

Oklahoma State up next in Mountaineers’ stretch drive

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Bob Huggins was, if nothing else, realistic in his assessment of the win his West Virginia basketball team earned against Kansas and what it might have meant....

2nd-half woes plaguing Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — As West Virginia’s basketball team heads into the final five games of the regular season and beyond, there is a rather interesting statistical dynamic at play.

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NCAA places WVU on probation for multiple recruiting violations

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MORGANTOWN — Violating rules that for the most part no longer exist have gotten West Virginia’s athletic department in hot water with the NCAA.

In fact, the violations wer...

WVU stuns No. 8 Kansas at the buzzer, 62-61

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MORGANTOWN — Juwan Staten insists that what he managed to do at the end of West Virginia’s game with No. 8 Kansas Monday night was exactly as it was drawn on Bob Huggins’...

Tough competition exposing Mountaineers’ lack of experience

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MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins is not about to argue that the level of competition West Virginia is facing at the end of the season is having a significant influence on the Mountaineers ...

Iowa State adds to WVU woes

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AMES, Iowa — It would be easy to boil down West Virginia’s most recent issues to a handful of telling statistics. That’s because there are a handful of them that ju...

Mountaineers visit No. 14 Iowa State

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AMES, Iowa — For a West Virginia basketball team that has struggled even in most of its wins over the course of the past four weeks, there is both bad news and good heading into ...

WVU hangs on, beats K-State 76-72

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MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins is not in the habit of charting the myriad ways in which a team can lose a basketball game. Given his druthers, he’d prefer to concentrate on how to win...

Mountaineers, on 2-game slide, host K-State

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MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins likes to talk about the cumulative effect that the pressing, full-court defense his West Virginia basketball team plays has on teams. By the last 15, 10 and fi...

Huggins, players remain optimistic

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MORGANTOWN — There are plenty of reasons to doubt whether West Virginia’s basketball team can dig itself out of the hole in which it finds itself these days.

Bob Huggins u...

Baylor’s hot start buries Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s basketball team is officially in a slump.

That shouldn’t come as any great surprise considering that for much of the season the Mountai...

Board battle looms for WVU vs. Baylor

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia and Baylor have combined to play 44 games this season, and in just five of them have their opponents done a better job of scoring second-chance points.

WR Jennings among surprise signings for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — On a day that included a handful of hits and misses — but for the most part one that went as expected — it seemed as if West Virginia coaches were as pleased...

Sooners foil WVU press, win 71-52

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NORMAN, Okla. — The issues that plagued West Virginia Tuesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center were numerous, from shooting to turnovers and even a short-handed roster.

One ...

Mountaineers watching 21 commits . . . and surprises

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Like all national signing days, West Virginia isn’t quite sure what today’s version has in store.

Oh, the Mountaineers have commitments, 21 of them. And for the most part, the majority will likely sig...

Sooners get home rematch tonight vs. Mountaineers

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NORMAN, Okla. — When last West Virginia and Oklahoma met, the Sooners were ill-prepared for West Virginia’s pressure. Lon Kruger admitted as much afterward and he hasn...

Don’t underestimate leadership as a part of WVU’s success

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MORGANTOWN — Perhaps one of the most surprising things about a West Virginia basketball team that has now won 18 of 21 games, sits in the Top 25 and is just a game out of first place i...

2nd-half pressure carries WVU past Texas Tech 77-58

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MORGANTOWN — Perhaps there have been better stretches of basketball played by West Virginia this season — and given the remaining schedule there might need to be a few more ...

Huggins: Texas Tech no pushover

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MORGANTOWN — When Bob Huggins is asked to compare the Big 12 to some of the other conferences he’s been a part of over the years — and to most leagues, for that matter &#...

Phillip joins Mountaineer list of top scorers

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MORGANTOWN — Through the first 20 games of the season, six different players have led West Virginia’s 17-win basketball team in scoring.

None came as more of a surprise th...

Mountaineers land ugly 65-59 win at K-State

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — The first half might have set records for artistic absence, if such a statistic were possible to record.

The second half was a whole lot better, but still...

K-State looks to skirt press vs. WVU

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — If Bruce Weber is nothing else, he is a realist.

His Kansas State basketball team hosts No. 17 West Vi...

Miles’ performance a dream come true

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MORGANTOWN — For Daxter Miles, the way West Virginia’s game with TCU played out Saturday was better than any dream he’s ever had.

And Miles has had plenty of dreams...

Freshmen carry Mountaineers to improbable OT win over TCU

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MORGANTOWN — Daxter Miles isn’t a geology major, but he does know some of the basics.

“Diamonds are made from pressure, right?’’ he asked.

Indee...

Rested Mountaineers host TCU today

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MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins had a fairly simple plan for the week of down time his West Virginia basketball team had after last weekend’s 27-point drubbing at Texas.

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Staten, Mountaineers have time to regroup

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AUSTIN, Texas — There’s probably no good reason to be alarmed at the result of West Virginia’s trip here this weekend, even if it did result in by far the Mountaineers’ worst loss of the seaso...

Texas blasts No. 16 WVU 77-50

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AUSTIN, Texas West Virginia thought it might have the answer to an enormous Texas team that last year imposed its will on the Mountaineers th...

Mountaineers hope pressure will counter Longhorns’ size

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AUSTIN, Texas — West Virginia had no success whatsoever playing Texas a year ago. The teams lined up three times and the Longhorns were never threatened.

Not only did the ...

Texas presents a big change of pace for WVU

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s basketball team is in the early stages of what constitutes as close to a breather as there is in the Big 12 this season, at least in terms of sheer ...

Mountaineers run away from Sooners 86-65

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MORGANTOWN — Usually it takes West Virginia’s press a while to really affect an opponent.

Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins likes to call it a cumulative effect, and he’...

Another tough Big 12 test for Mountaineers

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MORGANTOWN — Both Lon Kruger and Bob Huggins have already discovered what everyone has been preaching about what life is going to be like in the Big 12 this season.

With seven of...

Huggins doesn’t want loss to linger

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MORGANTOWN — After his team had squandered an opportunity to make a real mark early in the Big 12 season by losing to Iowa State Saturday night at the Coliseum, Bob Huggins was feeling...

Shooting woes doom Mountaineers in loss to Iowa State

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s win streak came to an end Saturday night, the victim of the one area of its game the Mountaineers sorely lack — a shooting touch.

Nearl...

No. 17 Iowa State begins WVU’s tough stretch

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MORGANTOWN — Now the real fun begins for West Virginia’s basketball team.

Or at least the real challenge.

Fifteen games into the season, the Mountaineers have lost j...

WVU makes Tall hire official

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MORGANTOWN — West Virginia made official Wednesday the hiring of Bruce Tall as the school’s defensive line coach.

In doing so, though, coach Dana Holgorsen did nothing to ...

Tall hired; creates WVU quandary

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MORGANTOWN — With a series of moves and the stroke of a few pens, Dana Holgorsen has managed to both stabilize his coaching staff and create a bit of a quandary.

The West Virgin...

Mountaineers grind out 7th straight win

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LUBBOCK, Texas — West Virginia plugged in one part and unplugged another Monday night, but it didn’t really make much of a difference against outmanned Texas Tech.

T...

Country roads take Shane Lyons home as WVU’s new AD

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From all indications, West Virginia University feels as if it hit a home run with its choice of a new athletic director.

The man who will fill the job couldn’t be much happier either.

“This univ...

Lyons’ style: Listen first, then lead

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To say that there was a difference in management styles between West Virginia’s two most recent athletic directors would be an understatement.

Ed Pastilong, who served in the job as long as anyone ever had, ...

Staten expected back as WVU visits Texas Tech

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LUBBOCK, Texas — If Juwan Staten doesn’t regress, chances seem pretty good that his absence from West Virginia’s lineup will be just a one-game blip on the radar.

That’s good news, of co...

WVU fills in for Staten, defeats TCU 78-67

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FORT WORTH, Texas — At halftime of West Virginia’s Big 12 opener against unbeaten TCU Saturday, Bob Huggins made a fairly dramatic change in the way he looked, ditching th...

Browne steps up big for Mountaineers

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Trent Johnson has been around long enough apparently to know that when Bob Huggins says he likes something, he must really like it.

Take this yearȁ...

WVU opens Big 12 basketball season at unbeaten TCU

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FORT WORTH, Texas — There’s an argument to be made that the TCU team that West Virginia faces today is no different than the TCU team of last season.

It’s pro...