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Another busy weekend (especially today) for WVU sports. Today Men's Basketball is in action against Vandy around lunchtime and the Women take on Delaware State tonight. Women's Soccer has their Sweet 16 game against Boston College tonight and the Men's team take on Akron on Sunday in their NCAA second round game, by virtue of their come from behind victory against Xavier last night.
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What You May Have Missed:
Men's Soccer: Mountaineers Advance In NCAAs - MSNsportsNET.Com
Down 2-0, the Mountaineers storm back to win 4-2 over Xavier. Next up is #3 Akron on Sunday.
Marlon LeBlanc: Post Xavier Press Conference - WVMetroNews.com
Leblanc talks about his team's come from behind victory, Frank Tayou's hat trick and facing Akron in the second round.
Zach Johnson: Xavier Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Johnson talks about how important their performance was in the second half and facing Akron on Sunday.
Frank Tayou: Xavier Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Tayou talks about his hat trick against Xavier.
Uwem Etuk: Xavier Postgame - WVMetroNews.com
Etuk talks about Frank Tayou's hat trick and the come from behind victory.
Head Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Nikki Izzo-Brown previews Friday's NCAA tournament Sweet 16 match at Boston College.
Nike WVU Pro Combat Jersey - ShopWVU.com
They are now available for ordering. Other Pro-Combat gear is available too. Sadly, not the helmets (confirmed by Nike). If anyone does have a legal way to obtain a helmet, LET ME KNOW.
News of Note:
West Virginia 84, Davidson 70 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos
WVU win far from pretty - Times West Virginian
Bob Huggins not thrilled with WVU's win - ESPN
Big East rooting interests - ESPN
Brian breaks down who each team should root for in order to win the conference
Defensive Back Sidney Glover - Mountaineer TV
Sidney Glover talks about the BIG EAST Conference being wide open, and what the Mountaineer defense needs to do to shut down Louisville.
The ten most memorable Louisville/West Virginia games - Card Chronicle
The order is skewed a bit in their favor, but a good list nonetheless.
College Basketball Class Rankings 2011 - ESPN
WVU gets the nod at #24
Around the League (and Beyond):
Vuvuzelas banned at Harvard-Yale game after students on both campuses make specialty noisemakers - NY Daily News
Was Virginia Tech exposed at K-State? - ESPN
I would say yes
What's On Tap:
Men's Basketball: WVU to Face Vanderbilt Friday - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia will face Vanderbilt in the second game of the Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday, Nov. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Women's Basketball: WVU to Battle Delaware State - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tonight at 7 pm from the Coliseum.
Women's Soccer: WVU vs. BC In Sweet 16 - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 7 West Virginia women’s soccer team travels to Newton, Mass., for a NCAA "Sweet 16" contest on Friday, Nov. 19, against No. 16 Boston College. Kickoff at Newton Campus Soccer Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Pizza Place on MASN, SNY, ESPN Gameplan and ESPN3. WVU is giving 4.5.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Ray Jay on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Pitt is giving 3.
Connecticut Huskies vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Dome on ESPNU. Cuse is giving 3.5.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
7:30 pm Saturday from the Nip on ESPN Gameplan and ESPN3.. Cinci is giving 13.5.
Videos of Interest:
Tailgate Recipe of the Week:
Beer Cheese Spread
Prep: 15 min., Chill: 2 hr. This recipe makes a lot, but it can be frozen for up to a month. It fits perfectly into 4 (10-oz.) ramekins. Try it over French fries, hot dogs, and chili too. Makes 5 cups.
- 1 (2-lb.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 (12-oz.) bottle amber beer, at room temperature
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Garnish: thyme sprig
1. Beat together first 5 ingredients at low speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until blended. Gradually add beer, beating until blended after each addition. Beat at medium-high speed 1 minute or until blended and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill 2 hours. Garnish, if desired. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Abita Amber Beer. This spread can be frozen up to 1 month; thaw overnight in refrigerator.
Grilled Beer-Cheese Sandwich: Spread 1 tsp. softened butter evenly on 1 side of 2 bread slices. Place bread slices, buttered sides down, on wax paper. Spread 1/4 cup Beer-Cheese Spread onto 1 side of 1 bread slice. Top with remaining bread slice, buttered side up. Cook sandwich in a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.
Image and recipe courtesy of myrecipes.com
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Here's the "red band" trailer for "Your Highness." This looks absolutely awesome. Natalie Portman in a thong doesn't hurt either. (Warning: Naughty Language)
Today's Miss Throwdown is a Brazilian supermodel and Victoria's Secret Angel. Here's seven pages worth (click on the pic) of Alessandra Ambrosio and a couple vids.
MGD image via www.ramonhernandezputdownthegun.com