The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (3/30/10) 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 Zagorka, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

I noticed that we went 8-0 in the state of New York this year. I also just noticed that we're 0-fer in the state of Indiana this year. The way I figure it, we just need Indiana to treat us 1/4 as nice as NY did the rest of the way to finish .500 there for 2010 and we'll all be very happy. Lots to cover inside. Your tips, suggestions and requests are awesome! Don't forget to VOTE and see you on the other side...

What You May Have Missed:

Life simpler last time WVU made Final Four - Charleston Daily Mail

The Silent Generation - MSNsportsNET.Com

Fun facts about the Final Four schools - ESPN

WVU fans may shell out thousands for tickets - StamfordAdvocate

Must-See TV - MSNsportsNET.Com
Antonik's Notebook

Butler AP Pick - BGN

Ten things to know about this Final Four - ESPN

Vote: NCAA Final Four - SportsNation - ESPN

Vegas oddsmakers have Duke Blue Devils as the odds-on title favorite - ESPN

Journey To The Tourney Rolls On - With Leather

Hayes Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report

Gymnastics: WVU Qualifies for Southeast Regional - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs UK - WVIllustrated.com

West Virginia can "Do the Shizz," too - Searching for Billy Edelin

News of Note:

A Senior Moment - WVIllustrated.com

Huggins is right at home in quest for title at West Virginia - USA TODAY
He prowls the sideline dressed in a windbreaker, intensely watching the action in front of him, sometimes casting a laser-like stare that looks as if it could burn right through one of his players ... or an official.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins adored by fans for leading team to 1st Final Four since 1959 - NY Daily News
Bob Huggins will always be remembered as the man who led the Mountaineers to their first Final Four since 1959, but there was a time, eight years ago, when there was a question whether he would be around to witness the dream come true.

The motions, emotions of Bob Huggins - Cincinnati Enquirer
Photo Gallery

Huggins and the Final Four - Cincinnati Enquirer

For Star Power at Final Four Look to Bench, Not the Court - NY Times
The coaches will be in the spotlight at a Final Four that lacks highly rated N.B.A. prospects.

Jovenitti: West Virginia in Final Four a good thing - The Pitt News

NCAA Final Four matchups may not be perfect, but they're pretty close - Washington Post

Mazzulla's MVP Performance Sparks WVU - Scout.com
"What will I do if I can't play anymore?" Mazzulla asked his coach. "You tell me you're the best soccer player in Rhode Island. Maybe you can play for Marlon," Huggins answered. - I love Huggs' sense of humor!!!

Mazzulla as MVP? Whodathunkit? - Charleston Gazette

Mitchell Liked What He Saw in Huggins’ Past - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Beilein holdovers and Huggins' guys learn to love each other at West Virginia - Sporting News

Pitt loss pivotal for WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Truck's status still uncertain - Charleston Gazette

Battle of defense - Times West Virginian

Defense Wins Championships - WVIllustrated.com

Defense propels WVU into Final Four - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Advantage Bob Huggins vs. Duke's Coach K - cleveland.com

Tournament Preview: West Virginia vs. Duke - Basketball Prospectus

Differences unite Duke, West Virginia - Charleston Daily Mail

No revenge card for West Virginia, Duke - PPG

WVU fans prefer to play Duke - Times West Virginian

West, West and West Virginia - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

WVU's Jonnie West Seeks a Ring Dad Doesn't Have - NCAABB FanHouse

Thoughts from the State of Euphoria - BGN

Broken Down Like Obama, I Now Pick West Virginia - NCAABB FanHouse

Coach K: Trip provides no 'vindication' - Charleston Gazette

Depth Carries Duke To Another Final Four - NCAABB FanHouse (AP)

Around the League (and Beyond):

Inside look at Kentucky's locker room after loss to WVU - USA TODAY

Jones, Whiteside leave Marshall - Register-Herald
Coach going to UCF, player set for NBA millions

A Syracuse Fan's Rooting Interests In The Final Four - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rick Pitino gave incoming Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard one huge assist - Star Ledger

Many Coaches On The Move But Mick Is Still Here - Cincinnati Enquirer

Forward Patrick Jackson transferring out of Rutgers - Star Ledger

12th football game for Syracuse University still a mystery - Post Standard

Simien's return to Cards a slow one: Safety suffered a lacerated kidney - Courier-Journal

Luke Woodley leaves Louisville - Card Chronicle

Studying Skip Holtz's First Depth Chart - Voodoo Five

Mitchell's NFL dreams rising rapidly - Tampa Tribune

Video of Interest:

Keep on doubting/underestimating...Gottlieb and Davis are officially on the Ignorant Slut list (as if they've ever left it).

On a much more positive note, here's the video from Da's recent hospital visit to an elderly lady. Thanks to Oregon Mountaineer.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Stick this one out until the end...the payoff is worth it. Thanks to Taylor for the find.

College Mascot Gallery of the Week:

Two of my least favorites are in here.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is originally from Bulgaria, but has spent most of her time here in the good old, US of A. Have I ever mentioned how much I love Eastern European women? Here's Rali Ivanova (7 pages worth of gallery).


Zagorka image via farm4.static.flickr.com

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