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Basketball Preview 2017

Huggins, WVU Seek Return to NCAA Tourney

By JIM BUTTA MORGANTOWN — Veteran West Virginia coach Bob Huggins begins his second decade as the leader of the Mountaineers as the third winningest active basketball in the country with a team that was ranked No. 11 win the preseason polls came out. So far this season, they are off an ...

Mountaineers Look To Repeat as Big 12 Champs

By JIM BUTTA MORGANTOWN — Mike Carey enters his 17th season as head coach of West Virginia University with a penchant for setting new standards and taking his program to heights not believed possible before. “Right now, I like what our starters are doing,” Carey said. “But, we need ...

Howlett Era Off to Flying Start

By SHAWN RINE WEST LIBERTY — All that fretting that Ben Howlett did after taking over for the legendary Jim Crutchfield, seems to have been unwarranted. West Liberty got off to a 4-0 start while averaging 124.8 points a game, pressuring the opposition into submission. If that sounds ...

Cooper Faces Tough Slate

By SHAWN RINE WEST LIBERTY — Kyle Cooper has been in the West Liberty women’s basketball program for four-plus seasons now and is keenly aware of the expectations. In his first year as the head coach of the Hilltoppers, he recognizes it’s now his job to make sure they are ...

Bethany Selected 6th In PAC Coaches’ Poll

GREENVILLE, Pa. — A season after posting its first winning record against league opponents since 2011-12, the Bethany College women’s basketball team was selected to finish sixth in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Perennial league favorite Thomas More, ...

Bison Look to Build On Last Season’s Success

GREENVILLE, Pa. —The Bethany College men’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Saint Vincent was tabbed as the preseason favorite after reaching the PAC Tournament Championship Game last season. Defending ...