The Shotgun/Throwdown: Rutgers Hangovers (2/28/11) Edition

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Both the men and women faced near must-win contests on the road at Rutgers over the weekend and only the men succeeded. As others have pointed out, the win didn't help so much as the loss would have hurt. Now the women are in desperation mode. A team picked to finish 2nd in the league, is now fighting for 9th. Don't get me wrong, these senior women have been successful over their careers, just not as successful as everyone hoped for this season. They will attempt to get back on the winning track tonight as they host St. John's in their final regular season game at the Coliseum. All of the coverage I could dig up from the weekend's action is inside, along with some breakdowns of the recently released football schedule, some basketball features and some nice features on a couple of former Mountaineer players.

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What You May Have Missed:

BIG EAST Announces 2011 Football Schedule - BIG EAST Conference
The complete 68-game BIG EAST schedule

The Big East Unveils Its 2011 Look - Pre-Snap Read

Thoughts on the Big East schedule - Big East Blog - ESPN

WVU releases ’11 football slate - Times West Virginian

Schedule Analysis - BGN

Big East football scheduling uninspiring - Charleston Gazette

Season Ticket Info To Come Out Soon - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and audio with Asst. AD Mike Parsons

White No Longer Pursuing Baseball - WVMETRONEWS.COM
After spending a few months in the Royals' minor league system, former Mountaineer quarterback Pat White has decided to leave Kansas City's organization and has ended his pursuit of a career in baseball.

Former Mountaineer Ryan Mundy Finding Success with Steelers - WVillustrated.com

Former Mountaineer Wilfred Kirkaldy Found Blessings in Tragedy - WVillustrated.com

Luck ‘a smash hit’ in talk to retirees - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

News of Note:

Rifle: WVU Wins GARC Championship - MSNsportsNET.Com

Initial Results - BGN
NFL Combine information

Senior Salute - MSNsportsNET.Com
5 WVU seniors play their final regular season home game tonight when...

Mountaineers Host St. John's - MSNsportsNET.Com

‘Best class’ in program history set for one last home game - Daily Athenaeum

VIDEO: WVU Women's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated.com
Coach C and Liz Repella

WVU women have been disappointing - Daily Athenaeum

Bob Huggins Discusses the Art of Teaching Basketball to His WVU Players - WVillustrated.com

An Aggressive Joe Mazzulla is Key to WVU's Success - WVillustrated.com

WVU Player Profile: Kevin Jones - WVillustrated.com

College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN
Still "should be in"

More control over officials badly needed - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Rutgers Hangover:

Women's

Rutgers erases nine-point deficit, knocks off West Virginia - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

West Virginia Drops Heartbreaker - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women's basketball falls to Rutgers - Daily Athenaeum
Loss prevents WVU from earning 1st-round bye in Big East

WVU falls, Carey berates official - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineer women lose to Rutgers 67-58 for seventh loss in nine games

Rutgers women upset No. 19 West Virginia, 67-58 - Star Ledger

Mountaineer Women Fall At Rutgers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and gallery

Mountaineer Report: Rutgers Women's Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
West Virginia's first half lead evaporates late in the second half as the Mountaineers lose to Rutgers, 67-58.

West Virginia: Rutgers Women's Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Head coach Mike Carey and players Liz Repella and Korinne Campbell talk about their frustrations in their loss to the Scarlett Knights.

Rutgers: Women's Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Scarlett Knight players April Sykes and Erica Wheeler were the leading scorers for Rutgers and talk about defending their home court and defeating the Mountaineers.

C. Vivian Stringer: Rutgers Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
The Scarlett Knights' head coach talks about her team's big win against West Virginia and how tough they played.

Men's

WVU tops Rutgers with 12-2 run in final minutes - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

WVU Bags 4th League Road Win - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Wins at Rutgers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and gallery

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: WVU 65 Rutgers 54 - WVillustrated.com

1-3-1 Zone Helps WVU Finish Off Rutgers - WVillustrated.com

Rutgers flustered by 1-3-1 zone - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVU rebounds, tops Rutgers - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers dominate on boards, move closer to NCAA berth

WVU basketball: Mountaineers dominate glass in win over Rutgers - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU basketball: Change of attire might have helped Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers come through in desperate time - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Late run helps WVU top Rutgers - Daily Athenaeum
Team keeps hope alive for a Big East bye

West Virginia Beats Rutgers 65-54 - On the Banks

West Virginia's 12-2 game-closing run deals reeling Rutgers a 65-54 defeat - Star Ledger

Out of the Rut - BGN

PoG: WVU vs Rutgers - BGN

Rutgers Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 65-54 victory over Rutgers Sunday afternoon. Big East Network.

Mountaineer Report: Rutgers Postgame (Men) - WVMetroNews.com
Strong second half earns WVU a 65-54 victory, the 9th Big East win of the year.

Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference - WVMetroNews.com
Huggins talks about the 1-3-1 defense, why they are so good at inbound plays and how big this win is.

John Flowers: Rutgers Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Flowers talks about out rebounding the Scarlett Knights and Truck Bryant's performance.

Cam Thoroughman: Rutgers Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Thoroughman talks about what this win means in the standings and the effect of the 1-3-1 defense.

Kevin Jones: Rutgers Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Jones talks about the Mountaineers' inbound plays and winning on the road.

Darryl "Truck" Bryant: Rutgers Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Bryant talks about his 15 point performance and how important his socring is for the team.

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Rutgers - BGN

Around the League (and Beyond):

Looking at the Big East Tourny (Feb 27th Edition) - VUhoops.com
Standings and bracket as of Saturday's games

Syracuse 58 - Georgetown 51: Cuse Is In Your House, Oh My God - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Hoyas Fight But Fall to Orange - The Hoya

Despite cheerleader gaff, Louisville basketball defeats No. 4 Pitt 62-59 - Courier-Journal

Louisville pulls ahead of Pitt, 62-59, in overtime - PPG

Hot shooting Huskies beat Cincinnati 67-59 - Down The Drive

UConn Men Top Cincinnati - Hartford Courant

Dwight Hardy's career high 34 propels St. John's past Villanova 81-68 - Rumble In The Garden

Final - Notre Dame 60, Seton Hall 48 - Same Pirates, Different Day - South Orange Juice

Irish rally past Seton Hall -South Bend Tribune

Gilchrist ignites USF past DePaul - Tampa Tribune
86-76

What's On Tap:

St. John's Red Storm vs. (18) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Senior Night, 7:00 tonight from the Coliseum on ESPN2

(14) Villanova Wildcats vs. (9) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Joyce on ESPN

Videos of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

I'm a little late with this first one, but......SAY LUPUS AGAIN MOTHERF$&*@#!!!!! (disclaimer: I totally stole that last joke from Warming Glow)

(Warning: Naughty Language in the next one)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Colombian goddess is Catalina Otalvaro. Click on her pic for today's gallery (there's also a video on linked page).


Club Colombia image via www.espacioblog.com

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