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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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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Mountaineers win exclusive Rifle Conference Championship in March Madness prelude

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Oxford, Mississippi - One of the last big matches leading up the NCAA Rifle Championships is the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) tournament. Made up of nine NCAA recognized rifle teams without an NCAA recognized rifle conference, GARC is a power rifle club onto itself. So powerful that three out of the eight teams invited to compete in this year's NCAA Rifle Championships are GARC teams. Now that's muscle.

The 2015 tournament was practically a repeat of the 2014 championships as the University of West Virginia dominated the Air Rifle matches to top Kentucky by a convincing 38 points.

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From USA Shooting - 17th Title in Sight for West Virginia as NCAA Rifle Season Starts Phase 2 of 2014-15 Campaign

The West Virginia University rifle program has done nothing to deter us from thinking a 17th title is well within its grasp with a perfect 8-0 record at the midway point of the NCAA Rifle season. The second-half of the NCAA rifle season got underway this past weekend with two months remaining before the NCAA Rifle Championship.

Having not lost in 23 consecutive matches including two Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) and two NCAA Rifle Championships, the Mountaineers own eight of the top-nine aggregate team scores overall. In both and Air and Smallbore events, they currently have four of the top individual scores with no other school having more than one representative in smallbore and just second-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks showing two in Air.

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From USA Shooting - Kentucky’s Davis Wins NCAA Air Rifle Title, West Virginia Claims 16th National Championship

2014 NCAA Rifle Champions from West Virginia University

Colorado Springs, Colorado - In college rifle, days don’t come much bigger than this.

The NCAA Rifle National Championships came to a close today on the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range in Murray, Ky. with No. 1-ranked West Virginia claiming a nation-best 16th NCAA championship. The Mountaineers claimed their second championship in a row with their score of 4,705, beating the previous record score of 4,700 set in 2011 by Kentucky.

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From USA Shooting - Nanook Marksman Sherry Claims NCAA Smallbore Title While WVU is Halfway to Sweet 16

Murray, Kentucky - An exciting first day of NCAA Rifle action concluded with University Alaska-Fairbanks shooter Tim Sherry claiming an individual title while West Virginia University stands on the precipice of another impressive team title.

Sherry etched his name in the history books of all-time Nanook greats with an impressive performance in the finals.  Meanwhile, WVU opened defense of its national championship, winning the 2014 NCAA smallbore tilte with a score of 2338 today, at the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships, at the Pat Spurgin Rifle Range, in Murray, Ky. 

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Collegiate Rifle Teams gunning for a chance at the Championships in Kentucky

7th ranked Army's NCAA Qualifier was Senior Day for Richard Calvin, Joseph Todaro, Michael Matthews and Zachary Wells - image from @Army_Rifle
7th ranked Army's NCAA Qualifier was Senior Day for Richard Calvin, Joseph Todaro, Michael Matthews and Zachary Wells - image from @Army_Rifle
Fairfax, Virginia - March Madness is officially kicking off this weekend as teams around the nation raise their rifles for a shot at qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships in Murray, Kentucky. With events in Fort Worth, West Point, Lexington, and Columbus, the qualifying events are the first step in earning one of eight invitations to the big dance in Kentucky.

Though competitions are taking place all throughout the nation this weekend, most of the rifle world is zeroed in on Murray State's Pat Spurgin Rifle Range where top ranked West Virginia joins #4 Nebraska and #5 Jacksonville State in their push for the overall prize.

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Milestone achievement for the winningest team in NCAA Rifle history

2013 NCAA Rifle National Champions West Virginia University

Columbus, Ohio - Four years since their last national rifle championship, West Virginia University is bringing the NCAA Rifle title back to Morgantown.

Starting the day at 2316, the Mountaineers had to separate themselves from the pack. Sitting one point behind defending champions Texas Christian University, West Virginia was tied with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and one point ahead of the Kentucky Wildcats. There was little breathing room ... if any.

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Zublasing throttles competition in Air Rifle on way to individual title sweep at NCAA Rifle Championship

West Virginia University's Petra Zublasing is congratulated by Hannah Black of Texas Christian at the 2013 NCAA Rifle Championships

Columbus, Ohio - Carrying her superior performance into the second day of the NCAA Rifle Championships, West Virginia University's Petra Zublasing completed her sweep of the individual titles with a first place finish in Air Rifle.

Starting the day with a near-perfect 598-48x out of 600, Petra advanced to the finals in first place, four points up on second place Hannah Black from Texas Christian University.

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