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Mike Casazza

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No. 10 WVU falls at No. 6 Kansas


LAWRENCE, Kan. — Eleven months ago, Kansas trailed by 18 points at home and rallied to beat West Virginia in overtime to clinch its 11th straight regular-season Big 12 championsh...

WVU on the hunt for first win at Kansas


LAWRENCE, Kan. — West Virginia wasn’t ranked in the preseason polls. It made the top 10 for the second time this season Monday, when the media and coaches both placed the ...

Huggins helped Miles escape slump


MORGANTOWN — Daxter Miles’ breakout performance Saturday from a slump that had bound him the entire Big 12 season was not about relief for No. 14 West Virginia.

WVU beats Baylor, takes over top spot in Big 12


MORGANTOWN — Plenty happened in the game to prove the eventual point, but what happened just after West Virginia tipped against Baylor Saturday night made it all possible.

WVU’s Williams, Baylor’s Gathers at center stage tonight


MORGANTOWN — The most important matchup tonight when No. 14 West Virginia plays host to No. 15 Baylor will be impossible to miss. Right under the basket, the foundation of the offense ...

Trio of WVU starters find success together again


MORGANTOWN — Jaysean Paige has become West Virginia’s most productive player, leading the team in scoring and leading all Big 12 bench players with 14 points per game, but he mi...

No. 14 WVU pulls out win at No. 13 Iowa State


AMES, Iowa — Far from expected, No. 14 West Virginia won in one of the toughest venues out there, beating No. 13 Iowa State with shooting and without its trademark defense.

Missouri native blazes own trail to sign with WVU


MORGANTOWN — Back in July, Chase Behrndt ventured from his home in Wildwood, Missouri, to West Virginia University, following through on an invitation he’d earned a month earlier at the Sound Mind, Sound Bo...

Tough matchups loom for WVU basketball


AMES, Iowa — Forgive West Virginia for forward thinking Tuesday night.

The 14th-ranked Mountaineers attempt to move on from last Saturday’s season-worst loss to Florida and return to Big 12 play in a...

Huggins considering changes after Florida loss


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The outcome Saturday sent for-now ninth-ranked West Virginia searching.

Not for explanations. Those came easy and in abundance following Florida’s 17-point triumph in the Big 12&#...

No. 9 WVU falls on road to Florida


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — West Virginia took one on the chin Saturday, quite literally.

Forward Elijah Macon dribbled a ball off his face and out of bounds, turning what should ...

VIDEO: Bob Huggins on WVU’s bad day against Florida


West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins speaks to the media after the Mountaineers’ loss at Florida on Saturday.

WVU coach Huggins spent one rough season at Central Florida


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This is not the first time college basketball has brought Bob Huggins to this state, and today’s Big 12 /SEC Challenge game against Florida migh...

Depth remains big plus for WVU basketball


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia only needed two starting lineups in the first 19 games of the season. They made a change Tuesday against Kansas State and will need another Saturday for...

WVU’s Holton suspended indefinitely for violating team rules


MORGANTOWN – West Virginia starting forward Jon Holton, the teams most energetic performer and argu...

Mike Casazza: WVU’s Phillip finds comfort zone


MORGANTOWN — In one instance, Tarik Phillip was completely untouchable.

With three baskets and eight points in 70 seconds, Phillip literally stole a win for West Virginia on the...

VIDEO: Bob Huggins after WVU’s win against K-State


West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins speaks to the media after the Mountaineers’ 70-55 win against Kansas State on Tuesday in Morgantown.

WVU gets creative by transforming field boxes at stadium


MORGANTOWN — About two weeks have passed since West Virginia’s fundraising operation unveiled plans for upgraded field box seating at Mountaineer Field, and the reaction has bee...

No. 9 WVU beats visiting Kansas State


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s second game of the season against Kansas State didn’t require two overtime periods like their initial matchup did at the start of conference ...

Goggles vs. goggles: WVU’s Williams meets bespectacled big man


MORGANTOWN — What Devin Williams has so far discovered about his Big 12 opposition this season is that the forwards and centers he encounters are rarely similar.

“You definitely have to come out ther...

WVU learns challenges of being ranked in the top 10


MORGANTOWN — Nearly six years had passed since West Virginia last played as a top-10 team, and the two games last week taught the sixth-ranked Mountaineers a little about themselves and what remains.

For st...

No. 6 WVU slips past Texas Tech


LUBBOCK, Texas — No. 6 West Virginia didn’t just win a basketball game Saturday.

“It was,” WVU guard Jaysean Paige said, “an obstacle course.”

The Mountaineers led by...

WVU’s Williams tries to adjust to how defenders play him


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia’s non-conference schedule wasn’t strong enough to slow Devin Williams. Through 12 games and 11 wins, the junior averaged 15.5 points and 9.1 re...

Poor shooting sinks No. 6 WVU at home against Texas


MORGANTOWN — When Bob Huggins recalled the recent history against Texas Tuesday, he didn’t mention that his West Virginia team swept the Longhorns in 2013 or that Texas took all...

Success of substitutes key for No. 6 WVU


MORGANTOWN — No. 6 West Virginia’s bench has outscored the opposition’s 15 times this season, and the Mountaineers are 13-2 when that happens. It’s an illustration...

Texas’ Smart admires WVU’s ability to press


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia played Buffalo, Maryland and Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament last March. VCU didn’t play any of those teams in the regular season.

Yet there was Bob Huggins at some undiscl...

WVU players feel team proved it is ‘one of the best’


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia will not be No. 1 for the first time in 57 years when the polls come out this afternoon, but the Mountaineers believe they’re close after beating top-...

No. 2 Oklahoma escapes with 70-68 win over WVU


NORMAN, Okla. — In the left corner of the court stood the Big 12’s best and scariest offensive player, and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield was three points shy of his 10th s...

Win at Oklahoma could be historic for Mountaineers


NORMAN, Okla. — Tuesday night was one for the ages at West Virginia University, but there’s a chance the memories will be quickly replaced.

For the in-the-moment cr...

Caponi named WVU safeties coach


MORGANTOWN — Three days after announcing the news himself on Twitter, Matt Caponi was named West Virginia’s new safeties coach Friday.

Caponi, who agreed to a one-year, $2...

WVU’s pressure back on track as Oklahoma looms


MORGANTOWN — As No. 11 West Virginia readies for its next top-tier test and takes the sport’s most obnoxious and most effective pressure defense on the road to play the No. 2-ra...

WVU names Wickline offensive coordinator


MORGANTOWN — Joe Wickline, the former offensive line coach at Texas, Oklahoma State, Florida and Middle Tennessee, is coming back to West Virginia.

The 34-year coaching veteran w...

Mike Casazza: Big goals attainable for WVU basketball


MORGANTOWN — The easy and obvious question to ask now that No. 11 West Virginia has beaten No. 1 Kansas is what’s next for the Mountaineers?

The answer is easy and obvious...

WVU beats No. 1 Kansas, 74-63


MORGANTOWN — Not long before tipoff Tuesday and well before much of the 12,097 slipped and slid through a winter storm and into the Coliseum, the video board above center court played ...

Caponi added to WVU football staff


MORGANTOWN — Matt Caponi, a former team captain and three-time Division III national champion at Mount Union College and most recently an assistant coach at Arizona, is joining the Wes...

No. 11 WVU set to host top-ranked Kansas


MORGANTOWN — Bob Huggins has witnessed and accomplished plenty in the first 1,092 games of his career, but tonight will be the first time in his 34 years as a head coach he’s played host to a No. 1-ranked t...

WVU shaking up football coaching staff


MORGANTOWN — When Dana Holgorsen was Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator in 2010 and Joe Wickline was the offensive line coach, the Cowboys ranked third nationally in points ...

Mason took winding road to reach No. 1 Kansas


MORGANTOWN — Frank Mason III had the ball in his hands and a chance to put the game away or make sure his team couldn’t lose on a final shot.

The Kansas guard drove to the...

No. 17 WVU tops Oklahoma State, 77-60


MORGANTOWN — When Bob Huggins pointed out how lethargic his West Virginia team was at the end of the three-game road trip and then revealed effort levels remained low in the practices ...

VIDEO: Huggins on WVU win against Oklahoma State


West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins speaks to the media after the Mountaineers’ win against Oklahoma State on Saturday in Morgantown.

WVU gets to enjoy comforts of home vs. Oklahoma State


MORGANTOWN — Two pieces of good news await West Virginia for today’s game against Oklahoma State.

First, the game is at home after three road games in seven days. Second,...

Kansas’ Self: WVU succeeds with ‘replaceable parts’


MORGANTOWN — West Virginia closed the regular season last year with back-to-back games against Oklahoma State and Kansas and did so without perhaps their two most valuable players.

WVU-Marshall basketball game off for next season


The Capital Classic will not be played next season.

The annual men’s basketball showdown between West Virginia and Marshall at the Charleston Civic Center will not be on the 2016-17 schedule, according to so...

WVU’s Smallwood skipping senior year


MORGANTOWN — The Big 12’s leading rusher is following a first-team all-conference cornerback from West Virginia’s campus to the NFL. Wendell Smallwood announced Wednesday...

Bench play helps WVU survive fouls, sweep 3-game road trip


MORGANTOWN — The final game of the three-game road trip was always going to be the hardest for West Virginia. Monday night’s visit to TCU came at the end of a seven-day spell th...

No. 17 WVU wins on the road at TCU


FORTH WORTH, Texas — West Virginia accomplished something Monday night the basketball program hasn’t seen since Bob Huggins was on the sideline at Akron.

The 17th-ranked Mountaineers beat TCU 95-87 a...

Lyons reflects on first year as WVU athletic director


Shane Lyons showed up at his office Monday morning, not yet 24 hours after returning from a work trip out west for the Cactus Bowl, and flipped through his calendar to get up to speed for what he’d missed and what...

WVU’s Howard finds stardom during breakout bowl game


PHOENIX — Some 30 minutes after winning the Cactus Bowl with a record-setting performance, he did a postgame press conference while wearing the commemorative T-shirt over his jersey, which was still over his shoul...

WVU’s Worley to enter NFL draft


PHOENIX — Junior cornerback Daryl Worley announced Sunday he’ll skip his final season and enter the NFL draft. The first-team all-Big 12 player had academic problems late in the fall semester and did not pl...

Cactus Bowl notebook: ASU coach takes blame in loss to WVU


PHOENIX — Saturday night’s Cactus Bowl lasted well into Sunday morning, needing 4 hours, 19 minutes to go from start to finish and hand the 27th annual trophy to West Virginia. The 43-42 victory could have ...