The Shotgun/Throwdown: MLK Day and Weekend Hangover (1/17/11) 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 Victory Storm King Imperial Stout in honor of the weekend victories over Syracuse and Purdue (*not the storming of the court, despite the name implication) and today's holiday.

The Mountaineers got two much needed basketball victories over the weekend. The women got theirs to get back on the winning side of things after a loss earlier in the week and the men got a very big NCAA Tournament resume boost with theirs. Being a hangover edition, there's lots and lots of post-game fallout to sort through. I also have the results from all of the weekend BE (men's) action as well.

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What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineer Report: Purdue Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
The players give their thoughts on the victory and Kevin Jones talks about the energy he brought to the team.

Mountaineers giving fans something to talk about - Charleston Gazette

King’s message resonates with WVU players - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Take a Tour of Bob Huggins' Morgantown Home - WVillustrated.com

John Flowers is Blossoming at the Perfect Time - WVillustrated.com

Flowers Blooming - MSNsportsNET.Com

Mike Carey carries West Virginia Mountaineers to 16-1 start - ESPN
Actually, it's 17-1 now

Women’s game making major strides at WVU - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Casteel building another monster - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Video: Rivalry Watch - ESPN
From the BE FB Blog

Salaries out of control - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Rifle: No. 1 WVU Defeats Akron, Sets Record - MSNsportsNET.Com

Da'Sean Butler to appear this week at Charleston Town Center - Charleston Daily Mail

News of Note:

Women's

West Virginia knocks off Syracuse for 29th straight home win - ESPN
Recap, stats and photos

Mountaineers Outlast Orange - MSNsportsNET.Com
70-61

Ali everywhere as WVU women get by Syracuse - Times West Virginian

WVU Women's Basketball Recap: WVU 70 Syracuse 61 - WVillustrated.com

WVPBS Syracuse Recap - Mountaineer TV
Hoppy Kerchval and Warren Baker review West Virginia's 70-61 victory over 25th-ranked Syracuse Saturday at the Coliseum.

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Mike Carey reviews his team's 70-61 victory over 25th-ranked Syracuse.

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU Women's Win Over Syracuse - WVillustrated.com
Madina Ali, Coach C and Liz Repella

Coach Carey: Syracuse Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Coach Carey talks about Ali's career day, the atmosphere and the team's next game against Marshall.

Madina Ali: Syracuse Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Ali talks about her career high 32 points, putting the loss behind and her big three-point shot.

Liz Repella: Syracuse Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Repella talks about the play of Madina Ali, the physicality of Syracuse and rebounding from a loss.

Men's

West Virginia hangs on to stun No. 8 Purdue - ESPN
Recap, stats and photos

Jones, Flowers Lead WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: WVU 68 Purdue 64 - WVillustrated.com

No. 8 Purdue Goes Down - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and gallery

WVU Uses Total Team Effort to Pull Off Upset - WVillustrated.com

Total team effort helps Huggins, West Virginia earn statement victory - Charleston Daily Mail

'Team effort' lifts WVU past Purdue - Charleston Gazette

WVU basketball: Jones and Flowers lead Mountaineers past No. 8 Boilermakers - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU men knock off No. 8 Purdue - Times West Virginian

WVU solved turnover problem in second half - Charleston Gazette

WVU finds Final Four focus - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia didn't need Da'Sean Butler this time.

Mitchell Gets What He Wants For His Birthday - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Have yourself a boilermaker - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Worth the click for the picture of the students painted up

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins reviews his team's 68-64 victory over eighth-ranked Purdue Sunday at the Coliseum.

Boiling Over - BGN
Oh, you clever punster you

PoG: WVU vs Purdue - BGN

Purdue Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 68-64 victory over eighth-ranked Purdue Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.

VIDEO: WVU Postgame Reaction from the Mountaineers win over Purdue - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, Mazz, Truck, KJ and JFlow

Coach Huggins: Purdue Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Huggins talks about the Mountaineers 68-64 win over no. 8 Purdue on Sunday afternoon.

Kevin Jones: Purdue Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Jones talks about the energy he brought to the team and how important this win is.

John Flowers: Purdue Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Flowers talks about when the momentum changed in the game and how nice it is to finally beat Purdue.

Forward John Flowers - Mountaineer TV
Forward John Flowers talks about Sunday's 68-64 victory over Purdue at the Coliseum.

Joe Mazzulla: Purdue Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Mazzulla talks about the season to this point, what it's like to beat Purdue and the flow of the offense.

Deniz Kilicli: Purdue Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Kilicli talks about what this win means and how important defense was in this game.

Sights and Sounds: Boilermakers Bounced - WVMetroNews.com
Sights and sounds from the Mountaineers 68-64 win over no. 8 Purdue.

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs Purdue - WVillustrated.com

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Purdue - BGN

Matt Painter: Purdue Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Coach Painter talks about the Mountaineers defense, the Coliseum atmosphere and his team's loss.

I Look Like A Jackass Now - Hammer and Rails
Purdue's SBNation blog recap

Recruiting:

Invited Walk-On Aric Dickerson Ready for Challenge of WVU Basketball - WVillustrated.com

Recruit Herve Coby to Visit, Likely Commit - WVillustrated.com

Houston Player of the Year Dustin Garrison Commits - WVillustrated.com

Pearland RB Garrison Commits To West Virginia - KPRC Houston

All-Greater Houston football - Houston Chronicle
First team offense - Dustin Garrison, RB, senior, Pearland Garrison, the Chronicle's Offensive Player of the Year, was the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Offensive Player of the Year. He finished the year with 2,827 rushing yards and 46 touchdowns en route to leading Pearland to the Class 5A Division I state title. - Thanks to PM, once again.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Pasqualoni Comes Home to Connecticut - NCAAFB FanHouse

Pitt beats Seton Hall, 74-53 - PPG

Seton Hall Basketball: Final - Pittsburgh 74, Seton Hall 53 - Panthers Embarrass Pirates - South Orange Juice

UConn Too Much For DePaul - Hartford Courant
82-62

Syracuse 67 - Cincinnati 52: Live By The Three, Die By The Three - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Cincinnati Bearcats fall to unbeaten and No. 4-ranked Syracuse Orange 67-52 - Cincinnati Enquirer
UC makes just seven 2-point field goals entire game

USF rallies past Providence - Tampa Tribune
79-72

Louisville 71, Marquette 70: Character Exposed - Anonymous Eagle

Louisville basketball rallies to defeat Marquette 71-70 - Courier-Journal

Game 16: St. John's crushes the #9 Irish, 72-54 - Rumble In The Garden

Another New York nightmare for Irish - South Bend Tribune

Villanova Beats Maryland 74-66: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - The Nova Blog

Austin Freeman Is Back! Georgetown Snaps Big East Skid, Beats Rutgers 74-65 - Casual Hoya
You know they're struggling if they're that excited about beating Rutgers

In 74-65 loss to No. 22 Georgetown, Rutgers men again try to figure out how to do the 'impossible' - Star Ledger

Was the Big East Really Underrated? - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Report: Tate Forcier wants to play for U-M, father says - Detroit News

What's On Tap:

(7) Villanova Wildcats vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
3:30 this afternoon from Gampel Pavilion on ESPN (game preview here)

(4) Syracuse Orange vs. (5) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
7:30 tonight from the Pete on ESPN

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Norwegian model Rebecca Tysnes. Click on her pic for today's gallery.

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