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While the men sort of found out their fate on Sunday, the women were left waiting until last night. They will be on their way to Texas to take on Houston this Sunday in the opening round of their NCAA Tournament. The men are busy preparing, healing and several are trying to recover from illness (but you know this already if you follow @JFlow41 on Twitter). Lot's of articles breaking down the Mountaineers' East Region are inside. WVU will learn it's opening opponent sometime later this evening. The "First Four" kicks everything off tonight. We will have an open thread during the UAB/Clemson game, so make sure to join us tonight. Ready or not....the NCAA Tournament is here.
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What You May Have Missed:
NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
#22 in the final AP poll before the Tournament
Mountaineer women draw Houston - Times West Virginian
Earn No. 9 seed; to play in Texas Sunday
Third Time's a Charm - MSNsportsNET.Com
The ninth-seeded West Virginia women’s basketball team will be making its seventh NCAA tournament appearance this Sunday at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, against eighth-seeded Houston with tipoff set for 5 p.m. ET.
NCAA Selection Reaction - Mountaineer TV
Coach Mike Carey and player reaction to West Virginia's No. 9 seed in this year's NCAA women's tournament.
Campriani Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report
One of the world’s best ends historical collegiate career - Daily Athenaeum
Nicco Campriani has accomplished it all in his two-year tenure at West Virginia.
News of Note:
WVU hopes for fun March run - Times West Virginian
What future holds for East region teams - ESPN
Here's a look at what each team in the East region is losing after this year, what kind of recruiting class they're bringing in and what it means to their hopes of making future NCAA tournaments.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Easiest Path to the Final Four? The Case For the Pittsburgh Panthers - South Orange Juice
This is from a Seton Hall blog, mind you
What's On Tap:
(16) North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs vs. (16) Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans - Preview - ESPN
6:30 tonight from Dayton on truTV
(12) Clemson Tigers vs. (12) UAB Blazers - Preview - ESPN
9:00 tonight from Dayton on truTV
Video of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Warning: STRONG LANGUAGE
Today's Miss Throwdown is a UK model whose billboard caused several traffic accidents (easy to see why). Here's today's gallery of Natalie Suliman (click on the picture).
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