The Shotgun/Throwdown: Syracuse Hangover (2/15/11) Edition

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I didn't get to see the game, but, I was following the game-cast on my phone. Damn. That's all I'm gonna say. I've got all the coverage I could dig up for the game inside, as usual. There's also what looks to be a classic-in-the-making presser by Boeheim. Some football news and NCAA bracket predictions round out the news today.

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What You May Have Missed:

Syracuse Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 63-52 loss at 17th-ranked Syracuse on Monday night. Courtesy ESPN.

Bob Huggins post game MSN interview -

Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference -
Huggins talks about the team's performance in the second half, making open shots and losing three out of their last four games.

Kevin Jones Feature - Mountaineer TV
Mountaineer Jammin' feature on junior forward Kevin Jones.

Mazzulla closing on career games record - Charleston Daily Mail

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
Receiving votes in both polls

Bracketology - ESPN
Still #6 SW

Bracket Watch - Andy Glockner -
#4 SW here

Bubble Watch - Andy Glockner -

Women's Bracketology - ESPN
#6 in Spokane and dropping

Future of the Coal Bowl is uncertain - Charleston Daily Mail

Dawson high on QB Millard - Daily Athenaeum

Big East PreSpring Preview: What Needs Work? -

West Virginia 2011 PreSpring Preview & Review -


Syracuse rallies late to avoid fourth straight home loss - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos and video

Orange Squeeze WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Outplayed in the Second Half at Syracuse - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and gallery

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: Syracuse 63 WVU 52 -

Mountaineers lose to 'Cuse - Charleston Gazette

WVU falls short against Syracuse - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU notes: Plenty of blame to go around - Charleston Gazette

Second-half struggles give Mountaineers third loss in last four [ed.] games - Daily Athenaeum

Tale of Two Halves is Killing WVU Basketball Team -

Zoned Out - BGN

PoG: West Virginia vs Syracuse - BGN

Mountaineer Report: Syracuse Postgame -
More turnovers than baskets in the second half for WVU as the Mountaineers fall 63-52 at the Carrier Dome.

John Flowers: Syracuse Postgame -
Flowers talks about the Mountaineers' second half and what WVU needs to do to play all 40 minutes.

Kevin Jones: Syracuse Postgame -
Jones explains what problems the Mountaineers had in the second half.

Joe Mazzulla: Syracuse Postgame -
Mazzulla talks about playing 40 minutes of basketball and sticking to what makes you successful.

Darryl "Truck" Bryant: Syracuse Postgame -
Bryant talks about preparing for Notre Dame and the importance of that game.

Casey Mitchell: Syracuse Postgame -
Mitchell talks about the 23 points he scored, getting the team back on track and the rest of the team's schedule.

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs. Syracuse -

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Syracuse - BGN

From the Enemy:

Syracuse 63 - West Virginia 52: Happy Valentine's! - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Jim Boeheim's post-game press conference presented to you without comment. Enjoy. - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
I haven't watched it, but I trust Keeley that it's worth the time to watch

Jim Boeheim gets 850 as Syracuse buries West Virgina - Daily Press

Syracuse shuts down West Virginia for much-needed win - Post Standard

SU notes: Freshmen Keita and Fair boost Syracuse; Waiters waits and Orange halts home losing streak - Post Standard

C.J. Fair logs lots of minutes; SU rebounds against Mountaineers - Post Standard

Brandon Triche, on a two-game scoring spree, nets 20 in SU's win over West Virginia - Post Standard

Syracuse Basketball vs West Virginia The Sunny Side: Brandon Triche Comes Up Big Again - Post Standard

Syracuse Basketball vs West Virginia The Dark Side: More Three's Rain Down on Syracuse - Post Standard


Recruits fill needs of WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East may have double-figure representation in men's NCAA Tournament - Denver Post

Big East Basketball Power Rankings Week 14 - The UConn Blog

2011 Big East Tournament bracket update - Card Chronicle

No change in Gates’ status - Cincinnati Enquirer

Men's Basketball: Welcome to The Abyss - Voodoo Five

Bulls Recon: Cardiac Hill Talks Pitt Basketball - Voodoo Five

Defense is cure for ailing Panthers - PPG

Calhoun Saw UConn Turn It Around Against Providence - Hartford Courant

Seton Hall dismisses seniors Keon Lawrence and Jamel Jackson from team - ESPN New York

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's Scouting Report- Villanova Wildcats - South Orange Juice

preGame: Villanova vs. Seton Hall - The Nova Blog

The Morning After: On to the Next One; The Georgetown Streak Continues - Casual Hoya

Get to know the Marquette Golden Eagles: 5 questions with Cracked Sidewalks - Rumble In The Garden

Segmented outlook works for Louisville basketball - Courier-Journal

Notre Dame men's basketball: Hansbrough in top 30 - South Bend Tribune

Fiesta Bowl CEO Under Investigation, Placed on Administrative Leave - NCAAFB FanHouse

Can BCS Reform Come from England -- Bloody Well Right - NCAAFB FanHouse

What's On Tap:

(14) Villanova Wildcats vs. Seton Hall Pirates - Preview - ESPN
8:00 tonight from the Prudential Center on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous South African who's been featured in SI's Swimsuit Issue the last 2 years, including the newest edition this year. Click on her picture to see a FHM gallery of Genevieve Morton.

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