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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (1/18/10) 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 Fallen Angel Black Cat Ale, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Well...that sucked. I don't know about you, but I was hoping the "close, but no dice" thing was becoming a thing of the past. But, with this team, it looks as if it will at least loom overhead, as long as the games are consistently close. Don't get me wrong, Syracuse is very good. A friend asked me to mention that Mr. West was responsible for 4 points allowed and an air-ball in 20 seconds of action. Ouch. Not much more I can say to that. At least the women are rolling. I appreciate any help with tips, suggestions and requests. On with the show...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Post Game Interviews -
Videos inside

House's Hot Hand Carries WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com
The women beat Pitt 69-54.

Rifle: WVU Triumphant in Return to Range - MSNsportsNET.Com
Rifle team defeats NC State 4678-4561 and pushes the Mountaineers’ unblemished record to 7-0 and improves their Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) standing to 4-0.

News of Note:

Poor offensive effort stifles Mountaineers - PPG

Poor shooting proving costly for WVU - Charleston Gazette

Maybe WVU fans expected too much? - Charleston Gazette

Huggins frets WVU's sophomore dependence - Charleston Daily Mail

Crowd cheers, WVU provides the thrills late - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Where Does WVU Go From Here? - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Few leads safe in today’s college game - Times West Virginian

USF and Syracuse Afterthoughts -

West Virginia [women, ed.] soaring behind young roster - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Somewhat of a preview for yesterday's victory over Pitt. But, still a good read.

Interest in WVU hoops has never been higher - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column - God Bless him, I understand, but his articles seem to be just a tad bit late and ill timed sometimes.

Stewart hires McMichael as WVU recruiting boss - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook. Don't read too much into the headline. It's wrong, even says so in the body of the article. "The remaining money could be spread around the staff, including running backs/slot receivers coach Chris Beatty, who figures to fill Holliday's role as the recruiting coordinator." (Isn't that what editors are for?)

Aiming high - Times West Virginian
"No. It’s called reality. We’re good. Now let’s be great."


Johnson Excited to be in Morgantown -

Holliday snares two ex-WVU commitments - Charleston Gazette

You should get to know Wasongas - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Around the League (and Beyond):

Escape From Morgantown: Syracuse 72, West Virginia 71 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
The enemy's take.

No. 11 Hoyas rally, but never take lead against No. 4 Wildcats - ESPN
Nova dumps Hoyas 82-77.

Five lessons from Villanova's win over Georgetown - Luke Winn -

Wolverines get signature win; Huskies slide to third straight loss - ESPN
68 - of the few times I'd root for UConn...damn.

ThePostMortem: Michigan 68 - UConn 63 - The UConn Blog

If only Bearcats were better shooters - Cincinnati Enquirer
"Bearcats scratched out a 60-58 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday despite shooting only 32.3 percent." You could take that headline and substitute almost any team....especially WVU.

Bulls Use Depth to Beat Scarlet Knights - Protect R Turf
73 - 64

Holtz starts shaping staff - Tampa Tribune

Panthers' Robinson has break-through performance vs. Louisville - PPG

The big one that got away: Pittsburgh 82, Louisville 77 - Courier-Journal

Orange Scouting Report: Syracuse at Notre Dame -

Report: MTSU's Rick Stockstill is offered ECU job - The Tennessean

Football is a contract sport - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

What's On Tap:

Syracuse Orange vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Joyce Center on ESPN's Big Monday. The line has Cuse by 3.5.

Video of Interest:

Thanks to WVIllustrated.

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Outside the Lines on drawing the line between discipline and abuse.

ESPN's All American Team

Bartender Gallery of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is gorgeous British Pop star and model. Please welcome Rachel Stevens.


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