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Marquette previews are in abundance today as the men are still trying to get out of the slump that Huggs claims actually started before the St. John's game. The women are also in a bit of a slump themselves, dropping 2 straight after a run of 3 straight wins over ranked teams. We also have some Big 12 news from the commissioner and my second favorite AD did a podcast with ESPN to go with a couple football notes. All of this, your BE weekend hoops guide and more are inside.
What You May Have Missed:
Williams Has High Praise For Huggins - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video: Marquette's coach stopped by Sportsline last night
Mountaineers try to get out of slump against Cincinnati - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia women's basketball team looks to get back on track as it travels to Cincinnati Saturday to take on the Bearcats after losing its last two games.
Lambert Trophy Photo Opp Friday - MSNsportsNET.Com
Fans should enter the WVU Coliseum at the Green Gate, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., prior to the WVU-Marquette men’s basketball game. In an effort to accommodate as many fans as possible, fans should bring their own cameras, and photos will be limited to one per person.
Revised 2011 Top 25 countdown: No. 14 - Big East Blog - ESPN
We are counting down the top 25 players in the Big East, one player at a time. Up today: Julian Miller, DL, West Virginia
Revised 2011 Top 25 countdown: No. 13 - Big East Blog - ESPN
We are counting down the top 25 players in the Big East, one player at a time. Up today: Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia.
Big East position rankings: DB - Big East Blog - ESPN
WVU checks in at #2 in this group
Mountaineers set for spring practice - Register-Herald
The gridders will gather Sunday, March 11, for the first of the 15 days of drills allowed by the NCAA. The players will work out Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday each week.
News of Note:
Two Buzz-Saws - BGN
At a time when West Virginia desperately needs wins to build its NCAA Tournament resume, it faces a brutally tough turnaround, with only one day between a blowout loss at No. 20 Notre Dame and a home matchup with No. 10 Marquette.
WVU faces must-win against Marquette - Times West Virginian
If ever West Virginia needs some Coliseum magic, now is the time.
Problems on the point - Charleston Gazette
Guards' struggles factor in slump as Mountaineers host Marquette
Tourney feel arrives early for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Once considered a top-four seed, WVU won't even make the tournament at its current pace. And if the Big East tournament started today, the Mountaineers would be the 10th seed.
WVU looking to rebound - Register-Herald
Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN.
Men’s Basketball: WVU vs. Marquette Preview - WVillustrated
West Virginia needs to forget about the Notre Dame effort and prepare for Marquette
West Virginia looks to bounce back from loss against No. 10 Marquette - Daily Athenaeum
"Obviously, you'd like to have more than one day to prepare," said West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. "They've just done a great job. They're constantly in attack mode."
Collapse against Notre Dame didn't surprise Huggins - Charleston Daily Mail
"We gave up at a certain point and that's not acceptable," senior forward Kevin Jones.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Knight sizes up WVU men - Times West Virginian
"I saw that at Pittsburgh (Knight also was the color commentator on WVU’s victory at Pitt) where Kilicli goes at his own pace. A couple of times he just went down the court ho-hum."
Four reasons WVU fans shouldn’t be worried yet - Daily Athenaeum
And while there's no doubt for a need for some concern about the team's NCAA tournament status, there's no need to be pressing the panic the button just yet.
Four reasons WVU fans should be getting worried - Daily Athenaeum
Obviously, things can change between now and Selection Sunday, but with the way things are going now, it's not looking too promising.
Around the League (and Beyond):
Big 12 preparing a league-wide facelift - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Big 12 will unveil an all-new promotional campaign at the Big 12 basketball tournament in Kansas City from March 7-10
Q&A: Big 12's Chuck Neinas on expansion - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
He'll be leaving his interim post to his successor by July 1, but after the meetings concluded, he took a few minutes to speak with ESPN.com on the league's rocky recent past and possible future expansion.
Podcast: TCU AD Chris Del Conte - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
My second favorite AD: TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte adds to the Big 12 talk from the Horned Frogs' perspective.
What's On Tap:
(10) Marquette Golden Eagles vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from the Coliseum on ESPN/EPSN3
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
Women's Basketball - 2 pm Saturday from 5th Third
(18) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
Noon Saturday from MSG on ESPN2/ESPN3
Villanova Wildcats vs. (8) Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Phone Booth on CBS
(2) Syracuse Orange vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
9 pm Saturday from Gampel on ESPN/ESPN3
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. (17) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
2 pm Sunday from the Chicken Box on CBS
Video of Interest:
Marquette Golden Eagles come to town, the WVU upperclassmen talk about the hole they're in after their loss to Notre Dame and WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck will talk to the Board of Governors about beers sales.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is another South African stunner who's known for doing work for SI's Swimsuit Issue the last couple years. Enjoy today's video below and click on the picture for a gallery of Genevieve Morton.
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