The Shotgun/Throwdown: UConn Gameday (3/2/11) Edition

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Today we've got UConn previews galore. Everybody's talking about Kemba, and rightly so. I've also got some more NFL Combine results for Noel, Sands and Neild to go along with some football tidbits. The real football tidbit, though, is the last item in Around the League (and Beyond) section.

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What You May Have Missed:

Holgorsen wants to have long-term impact - Charleston Daily Mail

Dienhart: Football assistant dream team - Rivals.com
WVU has one assistant listed

Noel Devine's Combine Results - WVU Pros

Sands has an impressive showing at NFL Combine - Daily Athenaeum

2011 NFL Combine: Safeties Analysis - College Football News
Sands is #3

NFL Scouting Combine report: DBs - SI.com
...and yet Sands is listed as a slider

More Big East results from the NFL combine - Big East Blog - ESPN

WVU [women's, ed.] hopes to gain momentum in Big East Tourney - Daily Athenaeum

Scoring better in 1950s - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column - Or are the defenses better now? Probably somewhere in between.

Major Harris to help local barber shop celebrate 50 years - Charleston Daily Mail

Is Pac Man Now A Family Man? - ThePostGame

News of Note:

Basketball Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com

Connecticut Game Notes - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Men's Basketball Game Preview: WVU vs. UCONN - WVillustrated.com

Hall of Fame Matchup - MSNsportsNET.Com

Preview: UConn - BGN

WVU-UConn Preview - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Kemba's UConn's key - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers face Huskies in first of 2 final-week battles

WVU has a plan for UConn's Walker - Charleston Daily Mail

Huggins: Walker one of the best in Big East - Daily Athenaeum
WVU, UConn tied for seventh in Big East standings

UConn’s Walker major challenge for Mountaineers - Times West Virginian

Will WVU use zone to hone in on Big East seeding? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Easy baskets for a team having a hard time scoring - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

UConn will clinch BET bye with win over West Virginia - The UConn Blog
Since we're tied, does that me we do too, if we win?

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about Wednesday's game against UConn at the WVU Coliseum.

Bob Huggins: Pre-UConn Presser - WVMetroNews.com
Huggins talks about defending UConn's Kemba Walker, Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun and what he plans to do against the Huskies.

Joe Mazzulla: Defending Walker - WVMetroNews.com
Mazzulla talks about defending UConn's Kemba Walker and how important the next two games are for the Mountaineers.

VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews - WVillustrated.com
Huggs and Joe

Championship Week preview (Part 1) - Forde Minutes - ESPN

RPI Expert: WVU is in NCAAs - Daily Athenaeum
Says 9 Big East teams should make tourney

Recruiting:

JUCO Guard Jeremy Jones Gets Attention from WVU - WVillustrated.com

Around the League (and Beyond):

Thoughts for final week of regular season - ESPN

Don't be envious of Big East's top seeds - Charleston Gazette

Eyeing the field: A look at 11 Big East teams that could make The Dance - Star Ledger

Bracketology: Syracuse Looking Like A 3-Seed For Now - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

It Is March, It Is Now Time For Five Bold March Madness Predictions - Casual Hoya
I expected these to be all "Charlie Sheen" ...but they're not

Preston Knowles has been the leader Louisville basketball needed - Courier-Journal

South Florida-Pittsburgh preview - Tampa Tribune

Final games have greater importance for Pitt - PPG

Irish choose right time to improvise - South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame Debacle: The Day After - The Nova Blog

Marquette Bubble Watch March 2 Edition - Anonymous Eagle

Scarlet Knights' muted offense must come alive against DePaul - Star Ledger

Charlotte hires Brad Lambert as head football coach - ESPN
A certain former OC was hired there as well

UC picks WVU aide Kirkland as new football coach - Charleston Daily Mail

BYU F Brandon Davies dismissed from team for honor code violation - ESPN

Crowdsourcing Pwns Big Ten Logo - With Leather

SI/CBS News special investigation into college football, crime - SI.com
Pitt led the way with 22 arrests/incidents

What's On Tap:

(16) Connecticut Huskies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Coliseum on ESPN2

Providence Friars vs. (11) Louisville Cardinals - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Chicken Palace on MASN and ESPN3

(5) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. South Florida Bulls - Preview - ESPN
9:00 tonight from the Sun Dome on ESPNU

Videos of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

First up is Marquette's Coach, Buzz Williams:

Next is Charlie Brown...er Sheen...er Breen:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a recent honoree in this spot and I don't like to repeat so soon, but since she appeared here a month ago, she's been featured prominently in the new SI swimsuit issue and I started following her on Twitter. This girl is awesome and very entertaining with her tweets (decent twitpics too). I highly recommend you follow her too @chrissyteigen. Here's today's gallery of Chrissy Teigen (click on her picture).

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