The Shotgun/Throwdown: Red Storm Hangover (12/30/10) Edition

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Another day, another stinker by another WVU team. I guess we will have to count on the women's basketball team tonight to get us out of this funk (although watching the Pokes' offense last night certainly lightened this lad's loafers). Full coverage, as usual, is inside.

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What You May Have Missed:

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' postgame remarks following West Virginia's 81-71 loss to St. John's.

Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference - WVMetroNews.com
Huggins expresses his frustration with his team's performance against St. Johns.

Thanks to his legendary mother, John Flowers makes a name for himself at West Virginia - ESPN
Evidently his mother was "Icey" too

Women's Basketball: Mountaineers Travel to NY - MSNsportsNET.Com

Reminder: Final chat of season at 1 p.m. today - 'Eers to the Ground

Dana Holgorsen Rides the Bull to Greatness - Every Day Should Be Saturday

News of Note:

Basketball

WVU Drops League Opener - MSNsportsNET.Com

Mountaineers Drop Big East Opener - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, stats, video and gallery

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: St. John's 81 WVU 71 - WVillustrated.com

WVU Wilts From Paint, Drops BE Opener - BGN

WVU basketball: St. John's controls paint, glass in road win - Charleston Daily Mail

Bumpy start in Big East - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers Lack Effort, Focus in First Big East Loss - WVillustrated.com

Chasing the Storm - Times West Virginian
St. John’s stays in control most of way in 81-71 victory over WVU

Rough game may signal rough times are ahead - Charleston Gazette

VIDEO: Huggins and Players React to St. John's Loss - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, KJ, Mazzulla, Truck, Icey & West

Darryl "Truck" Bryant: St. Johns Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Bryant talks about the way St. Johns played and what Bob Huggins talked about after the game.

Jonnie West: St. Johns Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
West talks about what the Mountaineers did wrong against the Red Storm.

Joe Mazzulla: St. Johns Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Mazzulla gives his thought on the Mountaineers' performance.

Mountaineer Report: St. Johns Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Chip Fontanazza gets the player's thoughts on their loss to the Red Storm.

POG: St. John's - BGN

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs. St. John's - WVillustrated.com

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs St. John's - BGN

Football

Time to turn the page - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: For Luck, new issue comes up with Stewart - Charleston Daily Mail

(Exasperated Sigh) - Pre-Snap Read
"Oliver Luck’s musket is smoking as we speak" - so is ours...so is ours (thanks to PM for this find)

West Virginia: Turnovers culprit in all four losses in 2010 - PPG

Season over, but questions remain - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU’s worst loss no surprise - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Seniors Disappointed - MSNsportsNET.Com

VIDEO: WVI Analyzes 2010 Football Season - WVillustrated.com

Offensive Tackle Don Barclay - Mountaineer TV
Offensive tackle Don Barclay's postgame remarks following West Virginia's Champs Sports Bowl loss to NC State.

Around the League (and Beyond):

St. John's basketball coach Steve Lavin likes what he sees in Dwayne Polee II, ready for Big East - NY Daily News
I think we saw that last night

Fiesta Bowl: OU-UConn Is Major Mismatch, But Only On Paper - SB Nation Arizona
RIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGHHHHHHT

Huskies Have To Learn On The Job - Hartford Courant

2010: How Syracuse Got Its Groove Back - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Somebody took their cues from our own 25314. I call shenanigans.

Syracuse University football team renews affair with Yankee Stadium that began in 1923 - Post Standard

Pinstripe Bowl Preview: Kansas State, Syracuse in the House that Steinbrenner Built - Team Speed Kills

Why Louisville/Kentucky is college basketball's best rivalry - Card Chronicle
Sorry....not even close. At best it's a distant 2nd.

For Louisville, it all starts with Peyton Siva - Courier-Journal

Cincinnati ready for bigger test - Cincinnati Enquirer

Bulls Recon Meineke Car Care Bowl Edition: Shakin the Southland talks Clemson Football - Voodoo Five

Bulls QBs embracing situation - Tampa Tribune

Pitt embracing team concept - PPG

Pitt's Haywood making inroads - PPG

The Tip In: Beatdown by North Carolina could serve as wake-up call Rutgers needed - Star Ledger
Don't count on it

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's 5 Thoughts- Students, Keon, Confidence, Robinson, Schedule - South Orange Juice

Austin Freeman Scores 21 as Notre Dame Beats Georgetown 69-55 - Casual Hoya
...but no one else scored more than 8

Notre Dame Downs Georgetown 69-55 to Open Big East Play - Rakes Of Mallow

Fourth Verse, Same as the First: No. 24 Vanderbilt (+ Jim Burr) 77, Marquette 76 - Anonymous Eagle

Pregame: Villanova vs. Temple - The Nova Blog

Maryland Coaching Search: Twitter Rumors Say Malzahn Closing, Leach on Campus - Testudo Times

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Penalties for unsold bowl tickets an unsettling flaw; more Mailbag

What's On Tap:

(7) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies - ESPN
7:00 tonight at Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center in St. Bonaventure, N.Y

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
3:20 today from Yankee Stadium on ESPN and ESPN3. Cuse is giving 1.

Temple Owls vs. (8) Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Pavilion on ESPN2

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native New Yorker, a World Poker Tour Royal Flush Girl and was recently named the winner of Maxim's Hometown Hotties competition of 2010. Here's a gallery of Melanie Inglesias.

Petrus Winter Ale image via thebottlereport.com

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