The Shotgun/Throwdown: NCAA Round 2 (3/21/10) 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 Niagara Spray Beer, in honor of today's tournament location.

Today marks the 2nd game for the men as they take on the #10 seed Missouri Tigers for a birth into the Sweet Sixteen. One of the 2 big questions is how we handle their pressure. The other is the Big 12 vs. Big East story. That one kind of became moot last night, thanks to the Jayhawks. Also, the women begin their NCAA Tournament journey this evening against Lamar. Everybody seems to be under the impression that it's a given that UConn will walk away with this one. We'll just have to see. Plenty inside to prepare you for all of today's action. Your tips, suggestions and requests are a big help. Don't forget to vote in OUR bracket . The Sweetest Sixteen will be up sometime late Monday night. Here it comes...

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Missouri Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Lamar Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

NCAA Tourney 2nd Round Press Conference Photos - WVIllustrated.com

NCAA College Basketball Scores (3/20) - ESPN
Yesterday's results

Toto, We're not in the Tourney anymore - With Leather

WVU women ready for Lamar - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Women's Basketball Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women's Basketball: Coach Mike Carey Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Yes, it's seriously a NCAA Women's Tournament preview - The UConn Blog

Plumley's perimeter game is test for WVU women - Bluefield Daily Telegraph (AP)

Surprising WVU to open tourney against Lamar - Charleston Gazette

News of Note:

Mountaineers Proud To Carry Big East Banner - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Missouri's pressure ousts Clemson, concerns Huggins - Charleston Daily Mail

Huggins: Mountaineers ready to handle Missouri's pressure - Charleston Gazette

WVU-Missouri a Contrast in Styles - EerSports

Huggins: We're ready for Missouri press - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pressing issue: tempo - Charleston Gazette

Calm and collected - Register-Herald (AP)

Pressing issue - Times West Virginian

Loss of size brought a Missouri retooling for NCAA - Charleston Daily Mail

Missouri primer: Elite Eight last year, fifth in Big 12 this year - Charleston Gazette

Momentum stops for WVU or Missouri today - Charleston Daily Mail

Battle of the Bigs - Charleston Gazette

Key matchup: Ebanks vs. Tiller - Charleston Gazette

Big East, Big 12 battle in Buffalo - Charleston Daily Mail
NCAA notebook

The most tired storyline in Buffalo has been ... - 'Eers to the Ground/PPG

WVU's Jones has made a difference from one NCAA to next - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU players motivated by last season's early tournament exit - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

After brief slumber, along came Jones - Charleston Gazette

No Sophomore Slump - WVIllustrated.com
...well, except for Truck

Once again, spotlight on Truck - Charleston Gazette

Ebanks loves defense? - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Ebanks' defense shows NBA potential - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mature, reliable Ebanks an easy player to read - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

The Dance Begins - WVIllustrated.com

Big East tourney too much - Martinsburg Journal
Another WTF article from our WTF writer

Around the League (and Beyond):

Day Nine of the continuing saga of Arinze Onuaku and his sore quadriceps - Post Standard

Panthers, Xavier play for second year in row - PPG

The Season Ends The Only Way It Could - Card Chronicle

Was Scottie hurt? - Philadelphia Inquirer

In 2010 NCAA tournament loss to Ohio, Georgetown struggles to determine why it went wrong - Washington Post

UC, Dayton to play next season, too - Cincinnati Enquirer

Mother of former Seton Hall player Kelly Whitney says son not involved in alleged kidnapping, robbery - Star Ledger
Breaking news: Moms love their sons

Rutgers indoor bubble practice facility collapses due to "malfunction" - Star Ledger

USF's Miller glad to have a fresh slate - Tampa Tribune

Oregon's Mike Bellotti resigns as AD; will join ESPN - ESPN
Getting out while the getting is still kinda good.

What's On Tap:

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on CBS

Missouri Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
2:40 pm EDT from HSBC Arena in Buffalo. WVU is giving 5.

Programming note for those of you in the Eastern Panhandle/Washington DC viewing area: WUSA Ch. 9 will be showing the Maryland game, but the WVU game will air on their secondary/weather channel (over the air digital on 9.2 or Comcast on 203, Cox on 805 or Verizon Fios on 461).

NCAA College Basketball Scores (3/21) - ESPN
Today's full slate

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

Lamar Cardinals vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
9:30 pm tonight from the Frank Erwin Special Events Center in Austin on ESPN2.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I thought this one was appropriate (some NSFW language):

Hooters Girls Gallery of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Swedish born, Canadian film actress best known for her roles in Watchmen, The Heartbreak Kid and Couples Retreat as well as a memorable guest appearance on Entourage (the threesome). This woman is so hot, it hurts. Here's Malin Akerman.


image via farm3.static.flickr.com

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