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The Smoking Musket 4 hours ago

One-On-One With West Virginia's Bob Huggins Previewing Baylor

Head Basketball Coach Bob Huggins discusses how the Mountaineers plan to stop Rico Gathers in their revenge game against Baylor on Saturday and offers some more fashion advice to our insider Geoff Coyle.
The Smoking Musket 10 hours ago

WVU vs Baylor Basketball Preview & How To Watch: Showdown in Waco

The WVU Mountaineer basketball team looks to keep in contention for the Big 12 title on the road with a tough matchup against the #19 Baylor Bears at 4:00PM on ESPNU. Game Day Vitals #20 West Virginia Mountaineers (22-6, Big XII 10-5, NCAA RPI 22) vs. #19 Baylor Bears (21-7, Big XII 9-6, NCAA RPI 11) Series Record :1-5, last matchup was a beatdown in Morgantown L 87-69 Location: Ferrell Center (Capacity: 10,284) Waco, Texas Vegas Lines: N/A, O/U: N/A Date: Saturday, Feb 28, 2015, 4:00 PM EST Television: ESPNU / WatchESPN Radio Affiliates Opponent Information #19 Baylor...
The Smoking Musket 12 hours ago

Mountaineer Morning Links: Baylor Pre-Game (2/27/15) Edition

Hoops features & previews, football notes, baseball travels to Myrtle Beach, rifle will shoot for NCAAs again, Big 12 roundup & weekend viewing guide, plus more. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Adirondack Brewery's Bear Naked Ale, in preparation for tomorrow's opponent. What You May Have Missed: Nicholas Wince's Big Day at WVU - WVU AthleticsThe most common misconception about Make-A-Wish is that the organization only provides wishes for dying...
The Smoking Musket Feb 26, 2015

Campus Classic: West Virginia 92, Kansas 86 (3/8/14)

If you didn't get enough of the Mountaineers defeating the Jayhawks, lets do it again. Take a step back in time to 2014 when Bob Huggins' squad defeated Kansas behind who else but the venerable Juwan Staten.
The Smoking Musket Feb 26, 2015

POD: Texas Recap and Bracketology with Chris Dobbertean

Smitty and Mark recap the victory over Texas and bring on Chris Dobbertean of BloggingtheBracket.com to shed insight on the Mountaineers resume for the Big Dance. BRACKETOLOGY POD. WE GOT OUR SENIOR BRACKETOLOGY CORRESPONDENT, CHRIS DOBBERTEAN OF BLOGGING THE BRACKET. ALSO, WE BEAT TEXAS. Part 1 - Smitty and Mark talk about the Texas victory. Part 2 - Chris Dobbertean of BloggingtheBracket.com joins us to give us the down low on West Virginia's March resume. [13:00] Part 3- Smitty and Mark talk Baylor and Tom Bradley's departure. [29:50] Embedded player is below: ...
The Smoking Musket Feb 26, 2015

The West Virginia Basketball Controls Its Own Destiny In Quest For Big 12 Championship

Thanks to Baylor beating Iowa State last night, WVU can earn at least a share of the Big 12 crown with no more help from the rest of the league. Here are the Big 12 conference basketball standings as of Thursday, February 26, 2015: Team Conference Record Overall Record Games Behind Kansas 11-4 22-6 - West Virginia 10-5 22-6 1 Iowa State 10-5 20-7 1 Oklahoma 10-5 19-8 1 Baylor 9-6 21-7 2 Oklahoma State 7-8 17-10 4 Kansas State 7-9 14-15 4.5 Texas 6-9 17-11 5 TCU 4-11 17-11 7 Texas Tech 2-14 12-17 9.5 With Baylor defeating Iowa State last night, WVU can claim at...
The Smoking Musket Feb 26, 2015

Make-A-Wish: Nicholas And WVU Basketball

WVillustrated's Geoff Coyle shared this video of Nicholas Wince's day with the Mountaineers.
The Smoking Musket Feb 26, 2015

Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (2/26/15) Edition

Hoops & football features, varsity notes, recruiting update, WVUPros updates, Big 12 roundup & more. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Shiner Winter Ale. What You May Have Missed: Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Feb. 26 - WV MetroNewsDaxter Miles touches on the momentum that his team is riding now and how they’re preparing for the upcoming road tests at Baylor and Kansas. We also hear from WVU preferred walk-on Brent Osborne as he speaks about the role...
The Smoking Musket Feb 25, 2015

Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Roundup (2/25/15) Edition

Coverage of Texas win from all over (plus the Make a Wish kid), football & recruiting news, Big 12 roundup & more. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Tree Brewing Company's Vertical Winter Ale. What You May Have Missed: Make-A-Wish kid Nick, becomes honorary Mountaineer basketball player - WVUProsThe members of Make-A-Wish asked Nick if he could do anything or be anyone, who or what would it be? His response was "I want to be a Mountaineer." ‘Little...
The Smoking Musket Feb 24, 2015

West Virginia's Daxter Miles Jr. Easily Breaks Texas Press

The Longhorns tried to give West Virginia a taste of their own medicine by running a full court press, but the Mountaineers broke it with ease and Daxter Miles Jr. finished with a flourish.
The Smoking Musket Feb 24, 2015

Eers Top Steers 71-64

The West Virginia Mountaineers defense clamps down on the Texas Longhorns to lock up a victory in Morgantown and keep the pressure on Kansas and Iowa State in the Big 12 title race. West Virginia controlled the first half with the press forcing 12 turnovers out of the Longhorns over the first 15 minutes of the game. This coupled with the Mountaineers shooting 58% during that session lead to a 33-18 lead with three minutes to go. One important key kept Texas in the game: when they did get to run their offensive set, it was very effective. During the first 20 minutes, the Longhorns shot an...
The Smoking Musket Feb 24, 2015

WVU vs Texas Basketball Preview & How To Watch: Alright, Alright, Alright

The WVU Mountaineer basketball team looks to keep their Big 12 title chances alive tonight at home against the Texas Longhorns at 7:00PM ET on ESPN2. Game Day Vitals #20 West Virginia Mountaineers (21-6, Big XII 9-5, NCAA RPI 23) vs. Texas Longhorns (17-10, Big XII 6-8, NCAA RPI 41) Series Record: 3-6, last matchup was a beatdown in Austin L 77-50 Location: Lyons Den (Capacity: 14,000) Morgantown, West Virginia Vegas Lines: (-4) for the good guys, O/U: 136.5 Date: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015, 7:00 PM EST Television: ESPN2 / WatchESPN Radio Affiliates Opponent Information Texas...
The Smoking Musket Feb 24, 2015

Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Game Day (2/24/15) Edition

Texas previews, women take on TCU tonight, varsity & football notes, recruiting update, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Longhorn IPA, in preparation for tonight's opponent. What You May Have Missed: Mountaineers Sign a Secret Weapon - WVU AthleticsCatch the first glance of WVU’s newest, hot-shot from Middlebourne, West Virginia. Five-year-old Nicholas, diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, has wished to...
The Smoking Musket Feb 23, 2015

WVU Assistant Coach Tom Bradley Is Leaving For UCLA To Become Their Defensive Coordinator

Confirming earlier reports, Coach Bradley is heading out west. WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen will be looking to replace another member of his staff as Tom Bradley will be heading out to UCLA to become their defensive coordinator. Bradley the long time assistant at Penn State only spent one year with WVU, but his experience and influence will be missed. It was first being reported as close to being done by Bruce Feldman back on the 19th: Former #PennState DC Tom Bradley, now #WVU's DL coach, is "close to being hired" as #UCLA's new DC, source tells @FoxSports. — Bruce Feldman...
The Smoking Musket Feb 23, 2015

West Virginia Basketball Rankings Week 16

WVU is back up in the polls. This week it's #20 in the AP and #19 in the Coaches Poll. AP Top 25 Rank Team Record Pts Last 1 Kentucky Wildcats (65) 27-0 1625 1 2 Virginia Cavaliers 25-1 1526 2 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs 28-1 1471 3 4 Duke Blue Devils 24-3 1448 4 5 Wisconsin Badgers 25-2 1390 5 6 Villanova Wildcats 25-2 1306 6 7 Arizona Wildcats 24-3 1228 7 8 Kansas Jayhawks 22-5 1111 8 9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 24-4 1109 9 10 Northern Iowa Panthers 26-2 1032 11 11 Wichita State Shockers 25-3 930 13 12 Iowa State Cyclones 20-6 887 14 13 Utah...
The Smoking Musket Feb 23, 2015

West Virginia Mountaineers Football Recruiting Update 2/23/15

Every time they say a West Virginia wide-receiver looks like he lacks straight-line speed he drops a nasty 40 time on them...thank you Kevin for continuing the streak. With the saga of the NFL combine stealing headlines, there hasn't been too much activity on the recruiting front. Still the combine does have a large effect on recruiting and Kevin White's performance over the weekend has done nothing but good thing for the university. Recruits remember the first round draft picks and they remember the colleges that they went to. Both Kevin's performance and Mario Alford's performance...
The Smoking Musket Feb 23, 2015

Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (2/24/15) Edition

Kevin White's freak show at the NFL Combine, hoops & football notes, weekend varsity results, WVUPros, Big 12 roundup & more. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Big Muddy Brewing's Winter Ale. What You May Have Missed: No. 1 Rifle Shoots NCAA Qualifying Match - WVU AthleticsThe No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team shot a 4705 NCAA Qualifying score WVU Drops Series at Georgia Southern - WVU AthleticsThe WVU baseball team fell in Sunday's...
The Smoking Musket Feb 22, 2015

Mountaineer Sunday Morning Roundup: Oklahoma State Cowboys Edition

Coverage of the WVU win over Oklahoma State from all over, including recaps, Huggins presser, player interviews, photos, coverage of the women's win & Big 12 results. Recaps and Features: Staten and Brown lead No. 23 West Virginia over Oklahoma St - ESPNRecap, stats, photos, video, etc WVU Bags Big Road Win - WVU Athletics WVU smothers No. 22 Oklahoma State for road win - Charleston Daily Mail Browne shines as Mountaineers defeat No. 22 Oklahoma State - Charleston Gazette WVU displays plenty of passion on successful Saturday - Exponent Telegram Grinding it out - Exponent Telegram Pokes...
The Smoking Musket Feb 21, 2015

#23 West Virginia Takes Down #22 Oklahoma State 73-63

Thanks to huge days from Gary Browne and Juwan Staten, West Virginia got their first win over Oklahoma State since joining the Big 12. Before today, West Virginia was 0-4 against Oklahoma State since joining the Big 12. The Cowboys were the only conference team yet to face defeat against the Mountaineers. The streak is over. Led by huge performances from senior guards Gary Browne and Juwan Staten, #23 West Virginia (21-6) pulled away in the second half from #22 Oklahoma State (17-10) 73-63 on Saturday afternoon in Stillwater. West Virginia again got off to a sluggish start, making only one...
The Smoking Musket Feb 21, 2015

West Virginia Wide Receiver Clocks His First 40 Attempt At The NFL Combine At 4.35 Seconds

Here's a vine video of Kevin White's blazing first 40 attempt at the NFL Combine. WOW. Just WOW!!

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