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Huggins named to Naismith coach of year watch list

West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has been named to the Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s Coach of the Year Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.

Huggins is one of 15 coaches named to the list and is one of four from the Big 12 Conference.

This season, Huggins has guided WVU to 14 wins so far (seven in the Big 12 Conference), and the Mountaineers have been ranked in the AP Top 25 every week this season. For the fourth consecutive year, Huggins has been named as a nominee for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Huggins has 895 career wins to date and will become the fifth Division I coach all-time to win 900 career games. He is seven wins away from tying Bob Knight for fourth place all-time.

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The West Virginia at Baylor women’s basketball contest, which was previously scheduled for Feb. 17, will be played on Monday, March 8, at 8 p.m. ET in Waco, Texas. The contest is slated to be broadcast on ESPN+.

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The No. 4-ranked Mountaineer rifle team shoots an NCAA Qualifying Match today at 9:30 a.m., at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range, in Columbus, Ohio.

Akron and Ohio State also will shoot their qualifying match on Saturday. Although the three teams will compete simultaneously, the scores will not count as a win or loss for the season. The scores will factor into the teams’ overall standings and qualifying averages for the 2021 NCAA Rifle Championships.

“We’re getting close to the end of the season and we are excited to go back to Ohio State,” Mountaineer coach Jon Hammond said. “We have shot there already this season and it is the site for the NCAA Championships it will be good to see the range again. The main goal is to qualify for the NCAA Championships, but we’ll look to have some solid performances there too.”

The top-eight teams and individual competitors selected to compete at the NCAA Championships will be announced on NCAA.com

This year’s NCAA Championships will be held March 12-13 at the Lt. Hugh W. Wylie Range, in Columbus, Ohio. The Mountaineers (7-1, 5-1 GARC) look to reclaim the NCAA Championship and earn their sixth title in nine seasons.

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West Virginia most recently suffered its first Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) loss of the season, as the Mountaineers fell, 4723, 4717, to No. 2 Kentucky on Feb. 13, at the Barker Hall Rifle Range, in Lexington, Kentucky.

WVU continues to rank No. 4 in the College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Rankings. The rankings are based on NCAA Team Selection Rankings, which are comprised of a squad’s top-three scores earned at three different venues.