The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wildcat Hangover (12/29/11) Edition

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Sorry for the delay folks, but the real job takes precedence and inventory just is a major pain. I digress...we have full coverage of the WVU win last night to go along with Orange Bowl news and notes. And WVU has another basketball coach who hit a major milestone yesterday.

Congratulations Coach Carey!!!

Wildcat Hangover:

West Virginia 83, Villanova 69 - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia has got a pretty good two-man game working right now with Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant.

West Virginia 83, Villanova 69 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

Bryant Leads WVU Past Villanova in Big East Opener - WVillustrated
Truck Bryant scored a career-high 34 points and Kevin Jones added 13 as West Virginia defeated Villanova 83-69 Wednesday night at the Coliseum in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.

WVU wins Big East opener - Charleston Gazette
Bryant scores career-high 34 points as Mountaineers top Villanova 83-69

Truck Takes Over - BGN
With senior leader Kevin Jones bloodied and held in check, West Virginia senior guard Truck Bryant took Villanova to task.

Bryant Scores Career-High in Win Over Villanova - WVillustrated
Truck Bryant's career-high 34 points led WVU to an 83-69 victory in West Virginia's Big East opener against Villanova.

Truck’s career-night lifts WVU past ’Cats - Times West Virginian
“I think I had too much energy,” Bryant admitted. So did Coach Bob Huggins, who yanked him at the 14:08 mark because “he didn’t run what I wanted him to run.”

Bryant leads WVU past Villanova - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Scores career-high 34 in 83-69 win

Bryant Leads WVU Over Villanova - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and gallery

Three-guard lineup grinds on 'Nova - Charleston Gazette
Coach Bob Huggins went to the three-guard - basically the three-point-guard - rotation in the decisive part of the second half and found a winning combination.

WVU basketball: Bryant's career-high 34 points lifts Mountaineers in Big East opener - Charleston Daily Mail
Villanova got hit by more than a Truck in a Big East basketball opener Wednesday night.

Kilicli Impressive Despite Injury - WVMETRONEWS.COM
“I don’t like to just have a pain and not play,” Kilicli said. “If I’m going to be known for something, I wanted to be known [for] playing through pain -- that’s the most important thing for me.”

Villanova Falters Late, Loses 83-69 in Morgantown - The Nova Blog

Video: Villanova Postgame - BGN
Huggs, Brown, Truck and Turk

Men's Basketball: Postgame Player Interviews - WVillustrated
Truck, Turk and Brown

Men’s Basketball: WVU vs. Villanova Photo Gallery - WVillustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Villanova - BGN


What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Mountaineers get their first Big East win of the season and the football team travels to Miami.

Bob Huggins 700 Wins - Mountaineer TV
Pregame presentation honoring Bob Huggins for his 700th victory last Thursday night against Missouri State.

Carey Earns Win No. 500 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Redshirt-junior Ayana Dunning scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the West Virginia women’s basketball team to a 72-30 win over Bucknell on Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum.

500 and Counting for Carey - MSNsportsNET.Com
In addition to longevity and success, 500 victories can also mean a lot of fast food, a lot of mileage on the old company van and a lot of late nights at the office. Carey says all three apply.

WVU Coach Mike Carey Gets Career Win No. 500 - WVillustrated
Videos with Ayana Dunning, Coach Carey, Brooke Hampton and Christal Caldwell

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Mike Carey reflects on his 500th career coaching victory.

Mountaineer Field At Milan Puskar Stadium Reviews, West Virginia Mountaineers - Stadium Journey
Here's a review of MF@MPS by a new site that, you guessed it...reviews stadiums


News of Note:

Holgorsen survives one crazy ride - Big East Blog - ESPN
The quiet of the spring was shattered at a casino one night. It was then that everything changed for West Virginia.

Clemson believes win in Orange Bowl could be springboard - Charleston Post and Courier
Clemson is playing for more than its first BCS bowl victory and first major bowl win in 30 years when it meets West Virginia on Jan. 4 in the Orange Bowl.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Garrison could be vital in Orange Bowl - Times West Virginian
He certainly is the forgotten man going into this highly anticipated match up, lost in the glitter of the likes of Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, the stars on both teams.

Graduation, season are big deals for Miller - Register-Herald
Graduation on Dec. 10 admittedly was a “pretty big” occasion for West Virginia defensive lineman Julian Miller.

Orange Bowl: Once recruited by WVU, Boyd makes right pick with Clemson - Charleston Daily Mail
Tajh Boyd promises he still has the T-shirt.


Around the League (and Beyond):

A primer for the Big East season -- college basketball - ESPN
Big East Preview primer

Louisville basketball falls to Georgetown 71-68 - Courier-Journal

The Delusion Train Keeps On Chugging: Georgetown Defeats Louisville 71-68 - Casual Hoya

Syracuse 75 - Seton Hall 49: Hello, My Name Is Fabricio de Melo, You Doubted My Potential, Prepare To Die - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Seton Hall Basketball: Syracuse 75, Seton Hall 49; Fabulous Start to the Season Melo'd at Syracuse - South Orange Juice

UConn mens basketball: UConn tops USF, 60-57 - Hartford Courant

Bulls push UConn to wire but lose in the end - Tampa Tribune

UConn mens basketball: UConn tops USF, 60-57 - Hartford Courant

J.J. Moore's Houdini Act Not Helping Pitt - Cardiac Hill

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Oklahoma Sooners | Three Keys - Down The Drive

Rutgers' Steve Beauharnais anchors defense with brains, brawn - Star Ledger

Big Ten and Pac-12 Agree to Elaborate Cash Grab - Team Speed Kills
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have agreed to a shared scheduling agreement that will disrupt college football.

Penn State, Robert Griffin III among big 2011 college football stories - Stewart Mandel - SI.com


What's On Tap:

Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Preview - ESPN
Champs Sports Bowl - 5:30 pm tonight from Orlando on ESPN/ESPN 3D/ESPN3. Noles are giving 4.

Washington Huskies vs. (12) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl - 9 pm tonight from San Antonio on ESPN/ESPN3. Baylor is giving 9.


Video of Interest:

Here's the most recent enemy practice report:



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is the sexy Canadian, Shera Bechard. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

Stoudt's Winter Ale image via www.bruguru.com

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