The Shotgun/Throwdown: Fat Tuesday (2/16/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information and daily distractions; Now nationally recognized! We're being brought to you today by Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, as suggested by WVmountainHigh.

Lots to cover today. The women are back in action tonight against Rutgers. We also have lots of preliminary bracket talk and a couple interesting videos. Tips, suggestions and requests are always greatly appreciated. Happy Mardi Gras, people!!! See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

CGI Fly through: BB Practice Facility - Mountaineer TV

Ebanks May Go Pro - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN

Bracketology - ESPN
#3 in the West this week

Bracket Watch - Andy Glockner - SI.com
#3 in the East on this one

NCAA Tournament Bids By Conference - Scout.com

Weekly Watch: Week 13 - ESPN

Women's Basketball: WVU Remains No. 9 - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Varsity Sports Report - BGN

Hoop Thoughts - Seth Davis - SI.com

News of Note:

Huggins not obsessing about missed free throws - Charleston Gazette

WVU's losses turn to motivation - Charleston Daily Mail

Back to Work - WVIllustrated.com

Mountaineers Take on Rutgers - MSNsportsNET.Com

Plenty of movement already in the NCAA tourney's field of 65 - USATODAY.com

Mountaineers aren't finishing or executing - Charleston Daily Mail

Mazzulla’s roller-coaster basketball journey returns to Rhode Island this week - Providence Journal

Big East flexing its muscle once again - Tampa Tribune (AP)

Vitale: Which league is best? This year, Big East is top dog - USATODAY.com

Schaus left lasting legacy at WVU - Charleston Gazette

2010 Big East Team-By-Team Schedule Breakdown - Scout.com

2010 Big East Composite Schedule & Top Games - Scout.com

Revisiting Lakers and sex - JSOnline
"Lazenby asked West how far the team went in "condoning such questionable behavior" like that. West's exact response: "I cared. I did things for those guys. It was ridiculous, some of the things I did for those guys. If the public knew, they'd be outraged. It was a pretty crazy period for us." - contributed by jbseay

Recruiting:

WVU offers Big Reds’ Wasonga, Johnson - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

2010 basketball prospect Mayo Gives WVU the Advantage - WVIllustrated.com

Around the League (and Beyond):

Walker scores career-high 29 points as UConn outplays Villanova - ESPN
84 - 75

My heart is still in my chest? Really? Awesome. UConn 84 - Villanova 75 - The UConn Blog

Pitt's Woodall returns to make his point - PPG

In wake of upset over No. 7 Georgetown, Rutgers needs to keep pushing in order to avoid a letdown - Star Ledger

Should he stay or should he go? - Protect R Turf
"Was the victory over #8 Georgetown enough to save Fred Hill's job? I say no, and here's why...."

USF's Howard overcomes obstacles to help Bulls - Tampa Tribune

With sluggish second half against DePaul, Seton Hall realizes that it can take no one lightly in Big East - Star Ledger

Focused UC Bearcats hit home stretch - Cincinnati Enquirer

Buckles, Marra show maturity vs. Syracuse - Courier-Journal

Kentucky's Cousins Target of Racist Phone Calls -- NCAABB FanHouse

What's On Tap:

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Coliseum on CBS College Sports Channel.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
7pm tonight from the Sun Dome on ESPNU. Bulls are giving 2.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. DePaul Blue Demons - ESPN
9pm tonight from the Allstate Arena in Illinois on ESPNU. Demons are giving 3.5.

Video of Interest:

No WVU news, but lots of BE mentions.

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

This is just cool.

I've been using the term distractions in the lead-off paragraph for a while, so...here you go (perhaps some NSFW language, otherwise tame).



Olympian Gallery of the Week:

via cdn.guyism.com

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Miss World from India and a Bollywood actress that can be seen in Bride and Prejudice and Pink Panther 2 (Steve Martin version). The linked gallery asks if she's the most beautiful woman in the world. I can't argue (unless Candice is involved). The dark hair with blue/green eyes absolutely melts me. Here's Aishwarya Rai.

via girls.gunaxin.com

Big Eye IPA image via ballastpointbrewingandspirits.com

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