The Shotgun/Throwdown: (Final?) Backyard Brawl (2/16/12) Edition

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Today we have settlement details and several Brawl previews. On an extremely bright note....How about that WVU Women's Basketball team? With three in a row over ranked opponents, they are looking to be ranked themselves in the next poll. We also have a good bit more coverage of the move to the Big 12 for football and a lot more.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rutgers Hangover:

Mountaineers Upset No. 18 Rutgers - MSNsportsNET.Com
For the first time in program history, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team has defeated three-straight ranked opponents, upsetting No. 18 Rutgers, 60-50, on Wednesday evening at the Coliseum.

West Virginia 60, No. 21 Rutgers 50 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

WVU women rally to beat Rutgers - Times West Virginian
WVU now stands at 19-6, 9-3 in the Big East.

WVU Women Win Again - BGN
West Virginia outscored Rutgers by 17 points in the second half in a 60-50 victory over the Scarlet Knights at the WVU Coliseum.

Resilient Mountaineers beginning to click at the right time - Daily Athenaeum
As the season winds down, there is one trait that every team in the country hopes to have come tournament time.

WVU Women's Basketball Interviews Following Win Over Rutgers - WVillustrated
Christal Caldwell, Ayana Dunning, Asya Bussie and Coach Carey

Rutgers Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 60-50 victory over Rutgers Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.


What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU athletic director Oliver Luck talks to MetroNews about its settlement with the Big East, Travis Haney from The Oklahoman gives his take on WVU moving to the Big 12 and the men's basketball team may play in its final "Backyard Brawl."

West Virginia's $20 million settlement with Big East is complicated - PPG
The structure of West Virginia's $20 million settlement with the Big East Conference is detailed in documents obtained from the university Wednesday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette through an open records request.

Settlement again shows Big East flaw - Charleston Gazette
It is reactive. The settlement once again illustrates that. Which is why the proactive stance by WVU will pay dividends, despite whatever steep costs.

Musings Of A Mountain Man - WVillustrated
John Woolard discusses West Virginia's official move to the Big 12...

Huggs takes to Twitter; WVU Tech swimming; MSU cheer clinic - Register-Herald
His handle is @CoachHuggs

2012 Baseball Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
Despite returning just five position players and seven pitchers with game experience, this season’s outfit is loaded with junior college and high school talent looking to make an impact.

BREAKING: Lakers Send Devin Ebanks To the D-League - WVU Pros
Ebanks appeared in 12 games for the Lakers this season, and has averaged 2.7 points in 12.6 minutes per game.


News of Note:

Preview: WVU vs Pitt - BGN
Pitt's NCAA hopes are quite dim at the moment, but the Panthers would enjoy nothing more than putting West Virginia into a similar situation.

WVU basketball: Rivals on shaky ground - Charleston Daily Mail
A loss drops Pitt under .500 in league play and a loss leaves WVU very little margin for error the rest of the way.

For slumping Mountaineers, the future is now - Charleston Gazette
WVU in need of win against Pitt to boost tournament hopes

Slumping West Virginia looks to earn first road win in Backyard Brawl since 2005 - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia men's basketball team hasn't won at the Petersen Events Center since 2005 – and it was the only time the Mountaineers have ever won there.

WVU, Pitt meet for potentially the last time - Times West Virginian
“We’ll see what happens,” Dixon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday. “Things are changing. A lot of things are going on. When things settle, we’ll go from there. No decision will be made (right away).

Brawl falls victim - Martinsburg Journal
WVU willing to talk to Pitt about football


Football/Big 12:

Blog debate: Can WVU win big in Big 12? - Big East Blog - ESPN
We're back, and the kindly introduction is over. It's time to get to know the real West Virginia. How will the Mountaineers handle the transition?

Big 12 football sked: Winners and losers - FSSouthwest
Some Big 12 teams will have to bite the bullet with tough matchups while others get a break this fall.

Will West Virginia dominate the Big 12? - SportsNation - ESPN
Several polls to vote in

Where can Tavon Austin get better? - Big East Blog - ESPN
"I had eight dropped balls," Austin said. "That is definitely motivating me moving forward."

Building Depth - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is slowly but surely stocking his cupboard.

WVU Has Last Laugh On Big East, Pitt - CBS Pittsburgh
Make all the jokes you want about dirt roads, poor education and bad teeth you want, but WVU pulled the rug from under everybody and got what it wanted now and that was out of the Big Least immediately.

Huggins' Take: Big 12 Arenas - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"Allen Field House in Lawrence is unbelievable," said Huggins. "19,000 [fans] if they play the little sisters of the poor and an unbelievable student section. The thing that I think separates the Big 12 from the Big East is they have an incredible student involvement, absolutely incredible student involvement."

Baylor AD On WVU: 'Wonderful Addition' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"West Virginia is going to be a very formidable program when they join the Big 12," said Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw

Big Ten, Big 12 Helmet Concepts by Charles Sollars - Lost Letterman
Ours, IMO, is the laziest use of the logo. He didn't even take the time to warp the image to the shape of the helmet. Still, they all look pretty bad-ass, even only as concepts


Around the League (and Beyond):

Cincinnati Bearcats 81 Providence Friars 66 | Hey Guys, This Was REALLY Familiar - Down The Drive

Final: The Worst Villanova Game Ever - The Nova Blog
Lost 65-51 to the Bulls

Irish Hoops Start Ugly, Finish Pretty In 71-53 Win Against Rutgers - One Foot Down

UConn men's basketball: UConn turns back DePaul, 80-54 - Hartford Courant

St. John's recognizes frustration as struggles continue - Rumble In The Garden

The Road to a Double Bye in the Big East Tournament - Card Chronicle

Pitt football tickets no easy sell - Smizik's Blog/PPG
Pitt currently has four home games on a 10-game schedule.

Jim Calhoun to miss next three games - The UConn Blog

Frogs' pristine image stained by arrests - Star-Telegram

Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville: I'm amazed West Virginia paid so much to leave Big East for the Big 12 - SportsDayDFW

NCAA providing glimpse of selection process - ESPN
The NCAA, for the first time this season, is giving the public the same information the men's basketball committee uses to select teams for the NCAA tournament.


What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Pete on ESPN/ESPN3


Videos of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi talks with WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins about the recent games with ND and Louisville and the upcoming rematch with Pitt.


This edition of Wearing the Jersey focuses on junior forward Deniz Kilicli, who reflects on his relationship with Bob Huggins, and the support he receives from fans and family.



Video of (Dis)Interest:



Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is known for her work in the SI Swimsuit issues for the past 3 years, a food/cooking blogger and the most sarcastic and funniest model on Twitter (@ChrissyTeigen). Enjoy today's video and gallery of Chrissy Teigen.

via si.com


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