Mountaineers take on Kentucky with NCAA title already secured

West Virginia hoists the 2015 NCAA Championship trophy in Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska - The University of West Virginia takes on the University of Kentucky Wildcats this evening at the Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, tonight. Despite the bravado of freshman guard Daxter Miles and his prediction of the Wildcats ending the season this evening at 36-1, experts say there's a better chance of finding life on Mars. But even if that happens (the Kentucky win not the life on Mars), West Virginia would leave the arena ahead of Kentucky in the 2015 NCAA title race.

How's that? Because they won the NCAA Rifle Championships less than two weeks ago at the University of Alaska's Patty Center.

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Buckeyes boast best team score and best individual shooter with one match left, but will they hold their leads?

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - After two days of competition, Ohio State University controls the lead at the 2015 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships here in Fort Benning, Georgia. The Buckeyes' 4128 through the Free Pistol Championship and Sport Pistol Championship have put them up 55 points over the United States Naval Academy as teams head into the final match of the week - Open Air Pistol.

The defending 2014 champions, Ohio State's amazing run has been aided by stellar shooting from Glenn Zimmerman, who currently leads the Individual Aggregate field with a 1077.

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Mountaineers take team title; Madeleine Godwin grabs individual championship at Fort Benning

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - West Virginia University's club rifle team secured the school's second national championship in a week thanks to outstanding shooting at this past weekend's NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia. The first of the two shooting sports titles came one week ago when the Mountaineers' varsity rifle team took the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Finishing the competition with a final score of 4363 out of a possible 4800, West Virginia's impressive shooting usurped defending champions University of Michigan, who had won the past two titles. The Wolverines, who found themselves in a 36-point hole to West Virginia after the first day's Smallbore Championship, mounted a spirited comeback during the final day's Air Rifle Championship to win the match, but fell just short of the overall title by 15 points and finished third with 4348.

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Mountaineers in lead for 2015 Intercollegiate Rifle Club title; Madeline Godwin on top of individual scoreboard

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - West Virginia University, whose rifle team took the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships title last weekend, is all set to bookend this past week with titles thanks to their rifle club team sitting in first at this weekend's NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships.

Clenching today's Smallbore Championship with a 2116 out of a possible 2400, the Mountaineers are carrying a 17-point lead, and their own destiny, into tomorrow's Air Rifle Championship at the United States Army Marksmanship Unit's facility at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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Spring has sprung in Georgia as rifle shooters compete for NRA title

2015 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships

Fort Benning, Georgia - After a winter for the record books for much of the country, yesterday's ushering in of spring has competitive shooters across the country itching to get out to the range and put the x-ring in their sights. This couldn't be more true than at Fort Benning, Georgia, where nearly 100 shooters representing more than a dozen colleges have shown up to compete in the 2015 NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships.

"This year's championships are the largest we've ever had and we're so excited for all the shooters," said Match Director and National Manager of NRA's Collegiate and School Programs Tori Croft. "Thanks to competitive shooting growing so much at the collegiate level there are so many schools we'd love to have and Fort Benning has plenty of room."

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West Virginia secure four spots in NCAA Air Rifle Finals

Garrett Spurgeon from the University of West Virginia readies to fire at the NCAA Rifle Championships

Fairbanks, Alaska - After firing a 596, West Virginia junior Garrett Spurgeon has secured a spot in the final eight of the NCAA Air Rifle Championships. Finishing his relay with a top score of 596-50x, his run was easily one of the fastest of the day.

"He knows how to shoot," said one official. "He just goes up there and gets the job done."

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Small caliber March Madness takes over Fairbanks with NCAA title run

Entrance to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks em>Fairbanks, Alaska - As you can see, it’s a cold one this weekend here in Fairbanks. As rifle teams from around the considerably warmer lower 48 gather for the 2015 Rifle Championships, competitors are doing their fastest penguin walk as they hustle from their cars to the University of Alaska’s Patty Center for the match.

Yesterday saw a number of surprises.

The University of Nebraska’s Rachel Martin hung on to win the Individual Smallbore Title. Our host, the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, is currently 3 points in front of the heavily favored West Virginia Mountaineers. And on Monday those lucky enough to still be here in Fairbank will be enjoying a balmy 28 degrees in the sun.

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Sophomore Cornhusker waits to shoot the good shot in NCAA finals

Nebraska's Rachel Martin in the NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships
Nebraska's Rachel Martin in the NCAA Smallbore Rifle Championships

Fairbanks, Alaska - Rachel Martin never wanted to learn how to shoot. But thanks to a little prodding from dad, she eventually found a passion for the sport. A passion that brought her the 2015 NCAA National Smallbore Rifle Championship.

“It’s a little overwhelming right now,” she exhaled after winning the title.

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Shots of the shots and the shooters who shot them

NCAA Rifle competitors shoot from the standing position at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska - All that's left for Day One at the 2015 NCAA Rifle Championships is the crowning of the champ. That should take place in about an hour or so. By then, the eight individuals who fired the highest scores of the day will gather once again to fire for the 2015 smallbore crown.

But those eight only represent a fraction of those who took to the range today. 17% to be exact as 47 shooters took to the line and fired away. So with a bit more success than others, some with a malfunction or two, and some that just couldn't bring the magic.

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