The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (1/17/12) Edition

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Capital Classic coverage is in full swing today. Several previews of both the women's game tonight and the men tomorrow dominate today's links. The season KJ is putting together is starting to garner national attention. There's also a feature on Miles and an update on Tommie McCune. If Saturday's game against Cinci wasn't already big enough, the football team will be honored for their Orange Bowl victory at halftime. Also, Coach Holgorsen picked up another commitment last night for this years recruiting class. Get yourself out to Huggs' tailgate tonight if you can. It's for an awesome cause. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Football Team To Be Recognized Saturday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
During halftime of Saturday's men's basketball game against the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Mountaineer football team is going to be recognized for winning its first ever Orange Bowl.

College Basketball Player of the Year Rankings: Week 11 - Searching for Billy Edelin
See what he has to say about KJ at #7

VSR: Sloanhoffer Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
This week's Varsity Sports Report

Win at Syracuse in ’93 was a Nehlen favorite - Register-Herald
“That was a year after we got cheated in what they called a 20-17 loss to Syracuse in Morgantown,” he recalled. “My record shows me with 202 career wins.

Mountaineer Freshman McCune Sentenced - WVillustrated
Mountaineer freshman receives six months probation for shoplifting charge.

An Early Look at Keith Tandy in the NFL Draft - WVU Pros
with an interview with Tandy


News of Note:

Monday Notes - MSNsportsNET.Com
Antonik's Notebook

Herd, WVU meet for 40th time - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Since the teams starting playing one another on annual basis in Charleston, the Mountaineers hold a 15-5 edge.

Expect foul play at Capital City Classic - Charleston Gazette
It will be physical (no question), probably sloppy (that physical nature having a lot to do with that) and emotionally charged.

Capital Classic men: Hamrick, Huggins offer different views on date of meeting - Charleston Daily Mail
Hamrick says that to play the game in December "takes away some of the significance," and fans are thinking about other matters besides hoops then.

Capital Classic men: McClanahan likes WVU over Marshall - Charleston Daily Mail
There is at least one Kanawha Valley native who doesn't expect the West Virginia men's basketball team to lose to Marshall in back-to-back seasons when they meet in the 2012 Capital Classic at the Charleston Civic Center.

Capital Classic men: Miles finds other ways to contribute for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Here's another: Miles is being celebrated for a career-high point total Saturday against Rutgers - six points.

Revitalized Herd women get another shot at WVU - Charleston Gazette
the Thundering Herd is off to its best start in more than two decades.

WVU women to face new-look Herd - Times West Virginian
West Virginia comes into the game after a disappointing defeat at Providence, a defeat that was unexpected and that came about not because Providence beat them up but because they beat themselves.

WVU women have won six in row vs. MU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
But never had the Mountain State fans witnessed a contest like the one provided during last year's Capital Classic at the Civic Center.

Capital Classic women: WVU's Palmer growing up, learning - Charleston Daily Mail
Palmer and Jones [both, ed.] went to New York's Mount Vernon High.


Recruiting:

Cornerback Nana Kyeremeh Commits to West Virginia - WVillustrated
Ohio cornerback commits to WVU, plans to enter Engineering School in Morgantown.

Defensive Back Commits To WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Includes video highlights


Around the League (and Beyond):

Conference power rankings: Big East - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
#3

Big East Basketball Statistical Leaders: Kevin Jones Leads In Scoring, Darius Johnson-Odom Now 2nd - Big East Coast Bias
West Virginia's Kevin Jones continues to lead the Big East in scoring and rebounding.

Big East Efficiency Margins, 1-16-12 - Rumble In The Garden
Not surprisingly, Cuse is out front, but look who's #2

Syracuse 71 - Pitt 63: Best. Start. Ever. - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Cards blow early 16 point lead at Marquette - Card Chronicle

Brutal stretch ahead for Bearcats - Cincinnati Enquirer

Ryan Boatright's NCAA troubles may be the product of his mother's jealous ex - The UConn Blog

Irish Road Struggles Continue With Loss at Rutgers - One Foot Down

NCAA Basketball Polls - ESPN
Receiving votes in both polls


What's On Tap:

West Virginia to Face Marshall - MSNsportsNET.Com
Women's Hoops - Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., with the contest broadcast live on WVPBS. Live video will also be provided on MSNsportsNET.com.

Bob Huggins Tailgate Set for Tuesday in Charleston - WVillustrated
Event before Wednesday's Capital Classic will benefit Remember the Miners and the Norma Rae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund.


Video of Interest:

In Tuesday's episode, Marshall coach Tom Herrion gives his take on the Capital Classic, former WVU center Brian Lewin talks about how Kevin Jones has grown since his freshman year and a lot of top basketball prospects are coming to Morgantown this weekend.


Video of (Dis)Interest:

Pickings were slim today. It was either this or Joe Staley and Vernon Davis singing Adele...badly:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Danish model Nina Agdal. Click on the picture for today's gallery.

via guyism.com

Sherwood Forest Maiden Blueberry Ale image via www.bruguru.com

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