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It's that time again: Backyard Brawl II game-day. Time to get the hate on. I don't know about you, but, there's just something about that team up I79 that brings out the worst in me. I want a win tonight so bad. My blood pressure is already starting to rise and the game is around 11 hours away. I have plenty of game previews and story line features inside for you today. There's also some football news starting to trickle out of the information tap.
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What You May Have Missed:
Mountaineer Report: The Rematch - WVMetroNews.com
West Virginia will try and defend the paint and come away with an upset victory against Pitt Thursday night.
Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
Coach Bob Huggins talks about Thursday night's game at Pitt that will be televised nationally on ESPN.
WVU could be in danger of missing NCAA Tourney - Daily Athenaeum
The women, that is
Small College, Big Ideas - MSNsportsNET.Com
Coach Dawson is profiled
Video: Looking for Big East playmakers - Big East Blog - ESPN
Spring preview video
The Big East's best: No. 19 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Tavon Austin, WR
WVU Nets Small Profit From Bowl Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM
$144,750 to be more exact
2011 NFL Combine: Running Back Analysis - College Football News
Noel is listed at #9
Watching party planned for WVU-Pitt game - Charleston Daily Mail
Here's one in Charleston. I know there's also one in Martinsburg at the VIP Sports Lounge on Eagle School Road too (not the VIP strip club on Rt. 9, unfortunately). Food drives are being held at both. Feel free to list any other watches in your area in the comments below.
News of Note:
WVU takes ‘Zoo’ trips in stride - Times West Virginian
Big East intrigue and WVU's stretch run - Charleston Gazette
VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, Joe and Cam
Bob Huggins: Getting Revenge - WVMetroNews.com
Huggins talks about what the Mountaineers need to do if they want to beat Pitt on Thursday night.
Joe Mazzulla: Heading Into The Pete - WVMetroNews.com
Mazzulla talks about how the Panthers defend their home court and what they need to improve on from their last matchup.
Cam Thoroughman: Correcting Mistakes - WVMetroNews.com
The senior forward talks about what the Mountaineers need to do differently if they want to beat the Panthers at the Pete.
And It Begins... - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU got it's first football commitment for the recruiting class of 2012 (article includes audio)
Around the League (and Beyond):
Blaney Directing Huskies Against Marquette - Hartford Courant
Calhoun Away For Family Funeral
Tennessee Makes Special Delivery to NCAA: Lane Kiffin - NCAAFB FanHouse
But they're not bitter, nooooooo...not one bit
What's On Tap:
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (6) Pittsburgh Panthers - Preview - ESPN
9:00 tonight from the Pete on ESPN
Marquette Golden Eagles vs. (15) Connecticut Huskies - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the XLC on ESPN2
Videos of Interest:
Here's a game preview from CBS Sports:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
WARNING: SPOILERS (...duh)
Today's Miss Throwdown is on of my favorites of the UK tabloid girls. Here's a 4 pager of Alice Goodwin (click on the picture).
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