The Shotgun/Throwdown: K-State Hangover/Miami Pre-Game (12/9/11) Edition

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Seems I bailed on the game thread a bit too early last night. Wow, what a game! We have coverage of WVU's win over K State in double overtime as well as some Orange Bowl features and some recruiting news. No rest for the wicked, as the men are right back on the court at home tomorrow to take on Miami. Have a great weekend!!

Kansas State Hangover:

West Virginia fights off Kansas St. in double OT - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

West Virginia 85, Kansas State 80 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Kevin Jones scored 30 points, including a big 3 to tie the game at the end of regulation, to lead West Virginia to an 85-80 double-overtime victory over Kansas State at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. Thursday night.

Jones’ 30 points leads West Virginia in 85-80 thriller over Kansas State Thursday night - Daily Athenaeum
Down 64-61 with 19 seconds left, Jones hit a 3-point shot from the corner to send the game into its first overtime.

Worth the wait - Charleston Gazette
Jones scores career-high 30 points in WVU's double-OT win

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Kansas State Game Recap - WVillustrated
The teams were evenly matched all night, before the Mountaineers were able to improve to 5-2 on the season in front of 15,004 fans.

WVU uses two overtimes to win at Kansas State - Charleston Daily Mail
"They play just like us," West Virginia's senior guard said. "They do everything we do."

Two-Overtime Thriller - BGN
In a game that matched up two nearly identical teams, it took two overtimes to settle this future Big 12 Conference battle.

West Virginia And Bob Huggins Hand Frank Martin And Kansas State Their First Loss - SBNation.com

From Ugly to Thrilling, WVU Gains Confidence in Win - WVillustrated
Despite turnovers and missed free throws, the Mountaineers were able to come into a tough environment and leave victorious in a game that showed the maturity of this young squad.

Big, big shots - Times West Virginian
Jones scores 30 as WVU edges KSU 85-80 in double overtime

K-State v. West Virginia - 85-80, 2OT (L) - Post-Game - Bring On The Cats
From our K-State SB Nation brethren

WVU Men's Basketball Interviews Following Win Over Kansas State - WVillustrated
Huggs, Truck, Turk, Brown and Frank Martin

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Kansas State - BGN


What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
the Mountaineer basketball team gets a huge win against Kansas State, but now Bob Huggins wants them to focus on Miami, Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead gets the Big East Offensive Player of the Year over WVU quarterback Geno Smith and we hear from the high school coach of Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd

Memorable moments of 2011 - Daily Athenaeum
We’ve come to that time of year. The eggnog is being poured, bells are being jingled and the new year is upon us.

WVU’s Luck supportive of possible BCS changes - Charleston Gazette
Luck, calling himself "the new kid on the block," didn't want to reveal what was discussed on the topic at the Big 12 meetings.

Big 12 bowls will enrich WVU's bottom line - Charleston Daily Mail
If, as the song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year, then it's going to be an even more wonderful time of the year for West Virginia in future football seasons.

Musings Of A Mountain Man: December 9, 2011 - WVillustrated
John Woolard takes a close look at BCS Bowl games and much more...

How Da'Sean Butler Fits in With the Spurs This Season - WVU Pros
Taking a look at how former Mountaineer Da'Sean Butler will fit in with the San Antonio Spurs during his first full NBA season.


News of Note:

Orange Bowl Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big East gets some revenge - Register-Herald
Touché, Big East.

Bowl could be high-scoring shootout - Register-Herald
That’s what the teams’ regular-season stats suggest.

Losing QB was blessing in disguise - Inter-Mountain
Two stellar quarterbacks are set to go head-to-head when West Virginia clashes with Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan 4.


Recruiting:

Recruiting Heats Up With Large Group of Official Visitors - WVillustrated
Even though the Mountaineers have just begun preparations for their Orange Bowl showdown on the field versus Clemson, recruiting is in full swing off the gridiron as the WVU coaching staff is set to host another talented group of prospects in Morgantown this weekend.


Around the League (and Beyond):

Boise State Can Wear All-Blue Uniforms At Home In Big East, But Can't Use Noisemakers? - Big East Coast Bias

UConn Men: Usually Quiet Lamb Roars In Win Over Harvard - Hartford Courant

What's Wrong With Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball? - Down The Drive

Pitt's Johnson, Wright plug big hole - PPG

Chris Otule Lost to ACL Injury, But For How Long? - Anonymous Eagle

St. John's Red Storm starter Nurideen Lindsey chooses to transfer - ESPN New York

ACC Divisions: Syracuse, Pitt Likely To Be Split Up - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is pleased with the Big East expansion - Star Ledger

Please Excuse Our Lack Of UCF Panic - Voodoo Five
You see, UCF is USF's Marshall

Charlie Strong Makes Definitive Statement On Coaching Rumors - Card Chronicle

Mike Leach's Press Conference, Now In Highlight Video Form - CougCenter
Yes, WSU made a highlight video of Mike Leach's press conference. It's excellent.

North Carolina Tar Heels hire Larry Fedora of Southern Miss Golden Eagles - ESPN

Kansas Jayhawks hire Charlie Weis as football coach - ESPN

Luck wins Maxwell Award, Griffin takes home Davey O'Brien Award - Sporting News

Bill Snyder: National Coach of the Year - Pre-Snap Read

College Hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn - SI.com


What's On Tap:

North Florida Ospreys vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's Basketball Noon Saturday from the Coliseum

Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Coliseum on ESPN2


Video of Interest:



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is 5th Year Senior's favorite who's also been a Victoria's Secret Angel and SI Swimsuit model. Here's today's video and gallery (click on the picture) of Marisa Miller.

via si.com


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