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Great game, great win and a great atmosphere last night at the WVU Coliseum. Yes, the referees were terrible (what's new?). Even the guys over at The UConn Blog thought we were getting hosed there. The other moment of disappointment was when the students tried to storm the court again (thankfully security stopped them). Last night's victory went a long way to solidify WVU's Big East Tournament seeding in the top half of the rankings. While it didn't completely lock in a top 8 finish (there are some weird tie breakers still in effect if a loss happens this coming Saturday against Louisville), it erased any lingering doubt if this was a NCAA tournament team and solidified a higher seed there. In football news, WVU had a press luncheon yesterday to sort of kick off spring drills in a few weeks. There's lots of coverage of that today as well.
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What You May Have Missed:
Fraternity of coaching greatness - Times West Virginian
West Virginia screens to get the post open - The Mikan Drill
Nice breakdown/analysis (in case you missed the link/comment on Charley's RPI Fanshot)
The Big East's best: No. 14 - Big East Blog - ESPN
News of Note:
Football Luncheon - Mountaineer TV
Coach Bill Stewart, defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel and offensive coordinator Dan Holgorsen give their pre-spring remarks on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 inside the Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Quoting The Coach: Wednesday Luncheon - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Full article and videos of HCBS, OCDH and DCJC
Holgorsen, new assistants begin installing new offense - Daily Athenaeum
WVU QB Geno Smith says he will fully participate in spring ball
VIDEO: WVU Football Spring Luncheon Press Conference - WVillustrated.com
HCBS, OCDH and DHJC
Solid Chemistry For New Staff - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and gallery plus video of DH and Coach G
Geno Smith: Back To Full Health By Spring - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Blurb and video
Kevin Jones helps West Virginia pull away from Connecticut - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, photos, etc
Mountaineers Take Down Huskies - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, video and gallery
Clutch time - Charleston Gazette
Win over Huskies bolsters WVU's chances of getting Big East bye
West Virginia Mountaineers Capitalize On Their Size In Beating UConn - Hartford Courant
Often using a three-guard lineup, UConn was hurt by bigger, physical players Wednesday night in its 65-56 loss at West Virginia.
UConn Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 65-56 victory over 16th-ranked Connecticut Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.
Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about Wednesday night's 65-56 victory over 16th-ranked Connecticut at the WVU Coliseum.
UConn Postgame (Video) : WVU Players - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Huggs, KJ, Joe, Deniz, Cam and JFlow
VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU's Win Over UConn - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, KJ, Joe, Cam, JFlow, Deniz and Jim Calhoun
UConn Postgame (Video): Huskie Players - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Kemba Walker, Shabazz Napier and Coach Calhoun
Around the League (and Beyond):
Bye-bye! Louisville Cards hit road in style after thumping Providence 87-60 - Courier-Journal
Wrap up top-four Big East seeding
Pitt football gets top ranking in wrong areas - PPG
Pitt's football program is No. 1 in the country ... in number of players arrested among teams that were ranked in the preseason top 25 last year, that is.
What's On Tap:
(15) St. John's Red Storm vs. Seton Hall Pirates - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Prudential Center on ESPN2
Video of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
This guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors:
Today's Miss Throwdown is Australian model Lara Bingle. Click on her picture for a 4 page mega-gallery.
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