The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (3/16/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Dreher beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Now the women know their destination and path. And they got royally screwed. Yes, even worse than the men. There's plenty of tournament analysis and predictions today. All the news is inside. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Big East Has Staying Power on Way to Final - The Quad Blog - NY Times
I like the way this guy thinks. Thanks to WVUDDS08.

WVU to Open With Lamar - MSNsportsNET.Com
They get a 3 seed, but will likely have to play lower seed Texas on their home floor in the second round....in other words screwed again (same thing happened against New Mexico 2 yrs ago)

Women's Basketball: Ticket Information - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women's Basketball: NCAA Selection Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

65 Reasons To Be Excited For the 2010 NCAA Tournament - Aaron Torres Sports
See #12 and #28

NCAA Basketball Polls - ESPN
#6 AP & #5 Coaches....I don't understand OSU ranked ahead of us in the AP, we have 1 less loss and beat them head to head.

NCAA Women's College Basketball Polls - ESPN
#10 in both polls

2010 Hoops & Helmets Rankings - Scout.com
#3

College Hoops - MSG.com
We may have lost the fan poll to GT, but we obviously won the one that mattered. We are leading the latest poll......by FARRRRRR.

Street fires cause no major damage in Morgantown - Martinsburg Journal (AP)

Mountaineer hangs up her musket - Charleston Daily Mail

News of Note:

NCAA tournament: Andy Katz breaks down the East - ESPN

5 Things to Love/Hate - ESPN

Bottom line: Committee failed on No. 2s - ESPN

FanHouse Roundtable: Breaking Down the 2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket -- NCAABB FanHouse

East: Kentucky's Best, but Watch Out for the Rest -- NCAABB FanHouse

Big East pair's NCAA tournament seeds yield doubt - Campus Rivalry - USA Today

Luck or destiny, WVU's on a great run - Charleston Gazette

Marching forward - Times West Virginian
Joe Mazzulla is profiled.

From Sidekick to Hero - WVIllustrated.com

Da'Sean Butler: What A Week - WVMetroNews
Video

Devin Ebanks: Back In The Tournament - WVMetroNews
Video

Truck Bryant: 6 Wins = National Championship - WVMetroNews
Video

WVU seed well-earned - Charleston Daily Mail

The Meaning of the Mountaineer Victory - WVMetroNews
Hoppy's Commentary

Cutting Down the Nets - WVIllustrated.com
Photo Gallery

The Time Is Now for WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

John Wall will carry Kentucky out of East Regional to Final Four - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Mandel is back on the ignorant slut list.

Big East Tournament does not have major impact on teams in NCAA tournament - NY Post

Conference Tournaments Are Unwelcome Exhibitions -- NCAABB FanHouse

There's Plenty Of Reaction To Possible Expansion - NCAABB FanHouse

In women's NCAA Tournament, can anyone stop UConn? - Star Ledger

Mountaineer women in a tough spot - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU coach Carey unhappy with placement - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
He thinks they should have been placed in Pittsburgh.

Carey not pleased with team’s bracket - Times West Virginian

Stewart clarifies conference remarks - ESPN

Locklier touts Mountaineer Athletic Club - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Time for Madness to begin - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Recruiting:

Logan’s Cottrill named West Virginia boys player of year - Logan Banner
...and he'll face my alma mater in the first round tomorrow night

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Conference to remain in Providence - SI.com

Let the UConn invitational begin - The UConn Blog
I wish I could say something to refute this headline....but he's probably right.

Patience on offense could aid Pitt's run - PPG

Jay Wright on The FAN - The Nova Blog

For Wes Johnson, the first NCAA dance - Post Standard

Cardinals ready for California's ‘organized chaos' - Courier-Journal

Bulls want win, respect from NIT appearance - Tampa Tribune

Cincinnati basketball coach Mick Cronin undecided on Rashad Bishop's status - Cincinnati Enquirer

Rutgers will be on hook for $1.5 million if men's basketball coach Fred Hill is gone by April 5 - Star Ledger

Filling Out an NCAA Bracket in Michigan? That's a $1000 Fine and One Year in Jail - With Leather

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I'm not sure which is more disturbing, yet intriguing...this display or the contest itself:

Pool Gallery of the Week:

Since everyone is filling out Brackets for Pools everywhere...(it's a stretch for a connection, but give me a break)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Former Playmate from Hungary. Please welcome Bódi Sylvi.

Dreher image via www.beerme.com

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