The Shotgun/Throwdown: St. John's Gameday (1/25/12) Edition

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Bob Huggins leads his (mostly) young charges into the World's Most Famous Arena tonight looking to extend their current win streak before a big tilt with the former #1 team in the land Saturday. We have several previews to go along with recaps of the women's loss to Georgetown last night. More recruitment news is also available today.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Bob Huggins Teleconference Prior to St. John's Game - WVillustrated
Hear what Bob Huggins told the media prior to West Virginia's game at St. John's

Bubble Watch - Andy Glockner - SI.com
He has WVU as a lock this week

West Virginia Drops Close Contest - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team dropped a close contest to No. 20/18 Georgetown, 64-54, on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

WVU Women's Basketball Interviews Following 64-54 Loss to George - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Taylor Palmer and Christal Caldwell

From the Cheap Seats: John Flowers Comes 'Home' - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer John Flowers has been continuing his playing career in Japan. On a recent break, Flowers came "home" to the Mountain State.


News of Note:

St. John's Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia will put its three-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night when it faces St. John’s in Madison Square Garden.

Men’s Basketball: WVU vs. St. John’s Preview - WVillustrated
West Virginia will try to extend its winning streak to four games Wednesday night

West Virginia: A tempo free look - Rumble In The Garden
A pre-game look at a few pertinent tempo-free numbers, Big East Conference games are the only ones included

Garden variety - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers begin busy stretch against St. John's

Mountaineers Begin Road Trip - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia (15-5, 5-2 Big East) plays the first of two straight Big East road games on Wednesday as the Mountaineers visit St. John’s (8-11, 2-6 Big East) from Madison Square Garden.

WVU to face St. John’s at Madison Square Garden - Register-Herald
A big game in a big-time arena.

HERTZEL COLUMN: MSG is ‘The Mecca’ for basketball - Times West Virginian
Normally playing on someone else’s home floor can be looked upon as a negative, but this is no normal home court.

St. John’s very similar to WVU - Times West Virginian
For West Virginia, however, this becomes a crucial game for directly beyond it the Mountaineers have to go to Syracuse to face the No. 5 Orange on their home court

Youth had to grow up quickly for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
"They knew we didn't have a whole lot of guys coming back so they knew they were going to play. The opportunity has been there for all of them and most of them have made the most if it."

Magic numbers, WVU's Jones and proof positive - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

King's Court relishes surprising developments in several conferences - ESPN
More love for KJ as national POY here in the weekly column


Recruiting:

Macon A Big Impact - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and video

Just Hope-ing To Become A Mountaineer - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Hope gave WVU his verbal commitment and became the second linebacker in the 2012 recruiting class.

Signing day is one week away - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Dana Holgorsen and his staff-minus the trio that departed Morgantown to join former head coach Rich Rodriguez at Arizona-have been working overtime to make this class one of the best in the school's history.

For top football recruits, behavior on social media has consequence - Andy Staples - SI.com
Many top prospects have made questionable information available to the public


Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Basketball Power Rankings 1/24: No one wants to be good - The UConn Blog
#4 amongst us bloggers

No. 17/18 Marquette 67, South Florida 47 - Anonymous Eagle

Louisville basketball looking to get back to .500 in the Big East vs. Villanova - Courier-Journal

A Finger Lickin’ Preview - VUhoops.com

Rutgers vs. DePaul: Big East Basketball Preview - On the Banks

Pitt basketball's record slump is three losses away - PPG

No Decision In Boatright Case - Hartford Courant

Mookie Jones: Exit The Mookpocalypse - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Butch Jones Contract Extension Approved, Details Emerge - Down The Drive


What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Garden on ESPNU


Video of Interest:

St. Johns color commentator Tim O'Toole stops by to break down the Red Storm, Da'Sean Butler continues hisc pursuit of the NBA and we from the coach of another WVU commit.



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Hump Day Video of the Week:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Colombian beauty Catalina Otalvaro. Click on her picture for today's gallery that also includes a video.

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Storm Brewing's Red Dawn Bronze Ale image via static.flickr.com

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