The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (3/11/11) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Caybrew, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

The Big East Tournament is rolling along without WVU. The Mountaineers now must wait and see where they are seeded and begin preparation for the NCAA's. Practice is sure to be a bit more intense this coming week, based on comments made by the team after the loss to Marquette. Elsewhere, the Rifle team is shooting for its NCAA record 15th national championship this weekend. Let's GOOOOO!!!

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What You May Have Missed:

House officials pass 'Coal Bowl' resolution - Charleston Daily Mail
Good Lord!!! And I'll give you half a guess to figure out what county this originated from.

Louisville basketball is a financial monster - Card Chronicle
WVU ain't bad either, according to this list

Rifle: WVU Seeks 15th National Title - MSNsportsNET.Com
Good luck to the Rifle team this weekend!!!!

Advantageous Opportunities - MSNsportsNET.Com
Rifle sophomore Petra Zublasing is profiled

West Virginia likely to be 8-or 9-seed in tournament - Daily Athenaeum
Women's Basketball

Casteel Seeking Replacements, Leaders - MSNsportsNET.Com

Schedule analysis: West Virginia - Big East Blog - ESPN

Pat White Retires from Baseball, Ending Second Pro Sports Career - WVillustrated.com

Morgantown, West Virgina Is America’s Best College Sports Town In The East - Clutch Blog
You voted...now on to the Final Four

News of Note:

WVU Men's Basketball Team Report by The Sports Xchange: 3/11 - WVillustrated.com

WVU Disappointed in Lack of Intensity Leading Up to Tournament - WVillustrated.com

Troubling Words - BGN

Sloppy play puts WVU back in the old grind - Charleston Gazette

WVU basketball: Shooting for Mountaineers remains unsteady - Charleston Daily Mail

Matchups key as Mountaineers move on - Times West Virginian

WVU knows it can’t let loss linger - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineers strive for consistency prior to NCAAs - Daily Athenaeum

Recruiting:

WVU Gets Second 2012 Football Commit - WVMETRONEWS.COM
A 4* DT...I didn't think we got those

Midwest Recruiting Notebook - Scout.com

Around the League (and Beyond):

Officials from Rutgers-St. John's game withdraw from Big East tournament - ESPN New York

UConn 76, Pittsburgh 74: Chaos rules - The UConn Blog

Pitt hits wrong switch, and it's lights out - PPG
See the Video of (Dis)Interest below

Louisville beats Marquette with threes and ease 81-56 - Courier-Journal

Cardinals hit 13 threes to knock out Golden Eagles - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Irish all business in rout of Cincy - South Bend Tribune
89-51

No luck for Cincinnati in Big East quarterfinals - Cincinnati Enquirer
How's that #3 seed looking now, Mick?

Syracuse 79 - St. John's 73: Fab Melo Is Keyser Soze - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Garden magic fizzles: St. John's loses to Syracuse, 79-73 - Rumble In The Garden

Mouphtaou Yarou Has A Bruised Shoulder, Will Be Re-Evaluated On Friday - The Nova Blog

How Virginia Choked Away A Statistically Unchokeable Lead - Deadspin
Complete with video

COMMENTARY: PAULA DEEN ON GEORGIA'S NEW NUTRITION PROGRAM - Every Day Should Be Saturday

What's On Tap:

The Big East Men's Basketball Championship from Madison Square Garden

Semi-Finals:
(19) Connecticut Huskies vs. (11) Syracuse Orange - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight on ESPN

(14) Louisville Cardinals vs. (4) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Preview - ESPN
9:00 tonight on ESPN

Finals:
9:00 Saturday night on ESPN

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I told you they were due some bad karma for raising that banner right after the game last Saturday. Let's hope there's still some more left over for them in the NCAA's.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a veteran model of Victoria's Secret and the SI Swimsuit Issue. Here's Cayman Island native Selita Ebanks (no relation to Devin, that we're aware of). Her picture links to a three page gallery and there are videos below.


Caybrew image via www.oasis-land.com

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