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I'm not sure if I like this overlap season (FB and BB). It's hard for me to keep up with everything for you guys. Anyway...the men tip off shortly in Puerto Rico against Davidson, Men's Soccer NCAA's starts tonight and football is getting ready for an improved Cardinal team. Also, I almost forgot, Happy Birthday to my Big Brother!!

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What You May Have Missed:

Game Preview: WVU vs. Davidson -

Stew and Casazza play 'Who's on First?' - 'Eers to the Ground

Men's Basketball: Kevin Jones Named to Watch List - MSNsportsNET.Com

Musings of a Mountain Man: 11/17 -

McMurphy's Law: Ohio State Still Big Spender With Alabama, Irish Closing Gap - NCAAFB FanHouse
I kinda missed this yesterday. WVU is 43rd in spending. Rutgers leads the BE and ranks 15 overall, talk about getting little return on the investment

WVU to meet Boston College in soccer Sweet 16 - Times West Virginian

Izzo-Brown not taking BC lightly - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Women's Soccer: Wins Team Academic Award - MSNsportsNET.Com

Men's Soccer: WVU Earns NSCAA Academic Award - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU men's soccer: Mountaineers open NCAA Tourney play - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU football chat reminder: Be there at 1 p.m. - 'Eers to the Ground

Live chat in 25 hours! - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Actually it's at 2 pm today

News of Note:

Men's Basketball

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about West Virginia's four-day stay in San Juan for the Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Huggins likes upside of Puerto Rico trip - Charleston Gazette

Andy Katz: Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off offers plenty of storylines - ESPN

Teams Enjoying Puerto Rico - MSNsportsNET.Com

Puerto Rico Tip-off Preview: Davidson - BGN

WVU men meet Davidson today - Times West Virginian

Morning Basketball - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU basketball: Mazzulla, Bryant guide Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU Forward Darrious Curry's Career May Not Be Over -

Women's Basketball

Women's BB: Mountaineers Down Dukes - MSNsportsNET.Com

No. 10 WVU holds off Duquesne - Times West Virginian

Ali Leads WVU Past Duquesne 69-58 - WVMETRONEWS.COM

#10 WVU 69 Duquesne 58 -
Videos, stats and recap

Coach Carey: Duquesne Postgame -
Coach Carey talks to the media about his team's play in their 69-58 win over Duquesne on Wednesday night.

Madina Ali: Duquesne Postgame -
Ali talks about her career high in points, the team's hustle and Friday's game.

Sarah Miles: Duquesne Postgame -
Miles talks about her wrist injury, her first game back and what the team needs to improve on.

Liz Repella: Duquesne Postgame -
Repella talks about the team's 69-58 win over Duquesne on Wednesday night.


Preview: Louisville - BGN

Jock about to add to his record collection - Charleston Gazette

Sanders on brink of record - Times West Virginian

Wide Receiver Jock Sanders - Mountaineer TV
Jock Sanders talks about the possibility of breaking a school record on Saturday, and what the offense needs to do to be effective against Louisville.

WVU football: Neild draws a crowd - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia: Neild's work draws raves - PPG

The difference for WVU was actually WVU - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Could WVU-Louisville be back? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

The Improving Cardinals - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Stewart: Louisville is explosive - Inter-Mountain

‘It’s all about staying focused’ - Register-Herald

West Virginia faces another ground challenge - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU Team Report: Mid Week Update: Louisville Week -

Keith Tandy makes West Virginia 'D' dandy - ESPN

Irvin’s legend building - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Bruce Irvin: Most Competitive League -
Irvin talks with media about the BIG EAST conference standings, his role on the defense and team chemistry.

Julian Miller: Worry About Yourself -
Miller talks about the conference standing, what Louisville brings to the table and team identity.

Shawne Alston: Run People Over -
Alston talks about his playing time, injuries and what he hopes for in the future.

Big East predictions: Week 12 - ESPN

Big East awards race update: Week 12 - ESPN


One pulling out in front for Sunshine LB? -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Wild, Wild Big East -

Justin Burke ready to be in driver's seat as Louisville quarterback - Courier-Journal

UConn 89, Vermont 73: In case you were unaware, this is Kemba Walker's team - The UConn Blog

UConn's Offensive Line Has Improved - Hartford Courant

Syracuse vs. UConn: This Time It Counts - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Pitt wants to make screen passes an asset - PPG

Return game stifles UC - Cincinnati Enquirer

Bulls' defense solid in the clutch - Tampa Tribune

Rutgers notebook: Scarlet Knights finally getting their sacks - Star Ledger

postGame: Villanova 82, Boston University 66 - The Nova Blog

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

What's On Tap:

Davidson Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
11:30 am from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico on ESPNU. WVU is giving 14.5.

Men's Soccer: WVU Begins NCAA Tournament Play - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia men’s soccer team begins NCAA Championship play with a first round match against Xavier on Thursday, Nov. 18, at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Anytime Neil Young stops by Fallon, it's always a treat. He even brought a friend this time.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Mexican model Malillany Marin (Click on the pic for a wonderful gallery).

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