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Morning Mashup - 12/26

Your morning look back, around the headlines and into the future.

On This Date:

- In 1998, West Virginia fell to Missouri, 34-31, in the Insight.com Bowl. Despite Marc Bulger's 429 yards passing, the Mountaineers set the record for consecutive bowl game losses with eight in a row.

- The basketball team has an all-time record of 2-4. In 1962, the Mountaineers defeated Boston College, 65-64. Rod Thorn led the team with 15 points, but it was Belle, WV native Mike Wolfe who hit a tying shot with five seconds left in regulation and the game-winner with 13 seconds left in overtime. He finished with 10 points.

- In 1986, former forward Joe Alexander was born. As a junior, he averaged 16.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, earning First Team All-Big East and Honorable Mention All-American honors. After the season, he declared early for the NBA Draft and was selected No. 8 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.

In The News:

Center Madsen to miss Pinstripe Bowl (Casazza - Daily Mail)

Smith ready for last game with Mountaineers (Casazza - Daily Mail)

8-5 vs 7-6: no small matter (Hickman - Gazette)

West Virginia's Smith hopes to finally pin a loss on the Orange (Menendez - Post-Gazette)

New York State of Mind (Antonik - WVUSports)

The Eye in the Sky Doesn't Lie (Drenning - WVUSports)

Nugget of The Day:

- West Virginia commit Nathan Adrian averaged 12 points and 11.5 rebounds in the two-game Martinsburg Tourney, as Morgantown (WV) went 1-1.

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