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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (12/30/09) Edition

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information and daily distractions. Today we're being brought to you by Wachusett Winter Ale.

Wow, what a finish last night!!! Huggs looked wore out in the post-game interview. Lots and lots of Gator prep and BB news inside. Today is kind of a video day on the Shotgun/Throwdown. Tips, suggestions and requests are always helpful. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Butler's jumper caps Marquette's collapse from 5 point lead with :52 to play - ESPN
63-62, includes video highlights (I couldn't embed)

Photo Gallery I - WVU vs. Marquette - WVIllustrated.com

Photo Gallery II - WVU vs. Marquette - WVIllustrated.com

USBWA Honors Ebanks - MSNsportsNET.Com

Poll finds 63 percent of college football fans favor playoff - SI.com
Duh

Mountaineers in the NFL - WVIllustrated.com

News of Note (FB):

WVU's small wonders - Charleston Gazette

Fast Friends - WVIllustrated.com

No decisions for Sanders and Devine - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Bowden had highs, lows at West Virginia - Charleston Gazette

Gator key: WVU's ability to exploit FSU weakness - Charleston Gazette

Casteel: Tackling a Key - MSNsportsNET.Com

Bowden helped Marshall after '70 crash - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU not looking by Seminoles' 6-6 record - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia: .500 Seminoles can be deceiving - PPG

Stew Praises Senior Class - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Hogan wants to play both ways - Times West Virginian

Video: WVU players talk about upcoming bowl game - PPG

WVU has a reason to play - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU struggles to get read on FSU's Bowden - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Brown excited for final game - Times West Virginian
Mickey's Column

Gator Bowl Practice Gallery - WVIllustrated.com

News of Note (BB):

WVU keeps streak alive - Charleston Gazette
"We got lucky,'' said WVU's Devin Ebanks afterward. "We got a lucky win.'' - at least they know it.

Butler Wins It - MSNsportsNET.Com
Includes a gallery

Ebanks Crucial In Win - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Life in the Top Ten - MSNsportsNET.Com

Huggins has coached through a few tough stretches - Charleston Daily Mail

Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Texas are top seeds in Bracket Watch - SI.com

Women's Basketball: Jumps in Coaches' Poll - MSNsportsNET.Com
Up to 19

$1M gift to support WVU basketball scholarships - Martinsburg Journal

Recruiting:

Four Star WR Commits to Strong, Louisville for 2010 - Card Chronicle
Word is that it's a soft verbal and we are still in the mix.

What's On Tap:

Connecticut Huskies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
From Cinci tonight at 7 pm on ESPN2. UConn is only giving one.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Wes Johnson leads Syracuse past Seton Hall - syracuse.com
80-73

Rutgers has comeback bid derailed by former St. Patrick star Dexter Strickland in 81-67 loss to No. 9 North Carolina - Star Ledger

Pitt Men's Basketball: Test of endurance up next - PPG

Seton Hall coach denies fouling fans - FanNation

Rick Pitino wants Cards to focus on USF in Big East basketball opener - Courier-Journal

Louisville wants to shine in Big East - Charleston Daily Mail

UConn will be tough test for Cincinnati Bearcats - Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati's Tony Pike ready to erase Orange Bowl memory - Cincinnati Enquirer

USF basketball's true test starts tonight - Tampa Tribune

Kentucky basketball's John Wall sets school assist record in 104-61 rout of Hartford - Courier-Journal

Videos of Interest:

Courtesy of WVIllustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Round Booty Gallery of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playmate of the Year. Here's Sara Jean Underwood (there's a bad pun in that last name somewhere). She was suggested by BurghMountaineer.