The Shotgun/Throwdown: 2011 NCAA Tournament Hangover (3/21/11) Edition

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OK, whoever had both, and only, UConn and Marquette from the Big East advancing out of the first weekend...raise your hand. A few were knocked out by these same UConn and Marquette teams, but still. Yes, WVU was unfortunately part of the group of Big East teams whose seasons are now over, but at least it was against a team that the seedings held true on (and Vegas for that matter). The Big East women fared much better over their first weekend so far (they still play tonight and tomorrow) going 9-0. That, of course, means WVU's women have advanced. Tournament coverage is after the jump. The big question on most people's minds is if Kevin Jones is staying for his 4th season. And....spring football starts in a week. I've got a small look ahead to that, too.

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What You May Have Missed:

2011 Tournament - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
Updated Bracket

Jones keeping NBA options open - Charleston Gazette

Jones may be sixth who played in his final game with Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

Jones unsure of WVU future - Times West Virginian

WVU Men's Basketball Team Report 3/20 - WVillustrated.com

In the End It's the Players - MSNsportsNET.Com

Season's End Marks End of Era, Beginning of New for WVU - WVillustrated.com

WVU basketball: Mountaineers will need to undergo major remodeling - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU basketball: Season of highs and lows - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers remembered as ‘good people’ - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Darryl Truck Bryant Reaches 1,000 Point Mark Against Clemson - WVillustrated.com

2011 Big East Spring Preview - College Football News

Houston Hangover:

Mountaineers Advance to Second Round - MSNsportsNET.Com
79-73 over Houston

West Virginia answers bell in tourney opener behind early 16-1 run - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

Mountaineer Women Advance - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Banked-in 3s help WVU women advance - Charleston Gazette

Lift from Liz - Times West Virginian
Repella’s 26 help WVU beat Houston

Repella lifts WVU past Houston, 79-73 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
At least for one important afternoon, West Virginia looked like the team that was once ranked No. 6 in the nation - not the unranked club that limped into the NCAA tournament.

Mountaineers Behind the Scenes - Mountaineer TV
Behind the scenes with the West Virginia University women's basketball team in Waco, Texas for the NCAA tournament. Presented by Northeast Natural Energy.

Houston Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 79-73 victory over Houston in an NCAA tournament first round game in Waco, Texas. Courtesy Big East Conference.

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Coach Mike Carey and selected players' post-game press conference after the West Virginia-Houston game on Sunday evening.

Kentucky Hangover:

Brandon Knight's 30 carry Kentucky past West Virginia, into Sweet 16 - ESPN
Recap, stats, video and photos

Scoring Drought Downs WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com

Wildcats defeat Mountaineers, 71-63, to advance to NCAA Sweet Sixteen - PPG

Kentucky Nips Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery, post-game audio with Huggs and presser videos

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: Kentucky 71 West Virginia 63 - WVillustrated.com

Kentucky ousts WVU, avenges Elite Eight loss - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

One half isn’t equal to a whole - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU Loss to Kentucky Ends College Career for Six Seniors - WVillustrated.com
A heartfelt thanks to each and every one of the seniors, maybe the most successful class WVU has ever had....so far

WVU notebook: The end is tough on Thoroughman - Charleston Gazette

Scratched out by the 'Cats - Charleston Gazette

Kentucky rallies from eight down, ends WVU’s season - Times West Virginian

Gritty team exceeded expectations - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers miss a shot they made - Charleston Daily Mail

Cold Shooting Ends West Virginia's Season - WVillustrated.com

Role Reversal - BGN

PoG: WVU vs Kentucky - BGN

West Virginia Mountaineers (5) 63, Kentucky Wildcats (4) 71: Postmortem - A Sea Of Blue
Kind words from our UK counterparts

Kentucky Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from today's 71-63 loss to Kentucky in Tampa, Fla. Courtesy Big East Conference.

Kentucky Postgame Comments - Mountaineer TV
Coach Bob Huggins and select players react to today's loss to Kentucky in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU's Loss to Kentucky - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, Players presser, Cam, Joe, Casey and Truck

Mountaineer Photo Player - MSNsportsNET.com
Gallery of Saturday's loss to Kentucky

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs Kentucky - WVillustrated.com

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Kentucky - BGN

Photo Gallery IV: WVU vs Kentucky - BGN

Recruiting:

Scout TV: Drew Harris - Scout.com

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big East Does The Unfortunate, Makes Charles Barkley Look Like He Knows What He's Talking About - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Syracuse knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Marquette - Post Standard
66-62

How Sweet It Is! Marquette 66, Syracuse 62 - Anonymous Eagle

Irish Wake: Florida State Ends Notre Dame's Season 71-57 - Rakes Of Mallow

Butler edges Panthers, 71-70, ending Pitt's NCAA tournament run - PPG
I don't know about you, but this made my weekend bearable

Mental errors once again Pitt's undoing - PPG

Survive and advance: UConn escapes Cincinnati 69-58 - The UConn Blog

Bearcats Battle and Fall Short Against Kemba Walker, UConn - Down The Drive

Seton Hall Basketball: Spring Recruiting Outlook - South Orange Juice
They're after one of the forwards that Huggs wants too

A bitter end for Knowles' career at Louisville - Courier-Journal

Louisville notes: Pitino says he's coached 'maybe too long' - Lexington Herald Leader
Whoah.....hold the phone

Villanova's Wright remains upbeat - Philadephia Inquirer

Referee controversy continues in Arizona Wildcats' win over Texas Longhorns in NCAA tournament - SI.com

State of the Dance: An Extravaganza, With An Epidemic – SI.com

Fiesta Bowl officials brace for critical findings - ESPN

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a lovely Costa Rican model. Here's today's gallery of Jessica Perez.


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