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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (2/1/10) Edition

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 Buckbean Black Noddy Lager, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Good weekend for the Mountaineers. As I'm sure you already know, both men's and women's BB teams took care of Louisville Saturday. There is plenty of coverage inside. Next up: the women head into the meat grinder that is UConn tomorrow and the men now turn to the Backyard Brawl on Wednesday. Wednesday is a big day this week. We have the basketball Backyard Brawl and it's football recruit signing day. Tips and suggestions help tremendously. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Butler scores 27, caps No. 9 Mountaineers' comeback past Cardinals - ESPN
77 - 74, Includes stats, article and video highlights

House's Timely Baskets Lift WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com
72-66 over Louisville

Louisville Cardinals @ West Virginia Mountaineers GameThread - Card Chronicle
Epic game thread (over 1400 comments) from the Card Chronicle. You really need to do yourself a favor and read the comments from 2pm Saturday on.

Louisville Game Center - WV Illustrated
Box scores and video.

Louisville Basketball Photos - WV Illustrated

Weekly Watch: Week 11 - ESPN

Bill Simmons: The Levels of Losing - ESPN
There needs to be an exemption for WVU to be on this list of suffering pro teams.

News of Note:

Staying on point key in Mountaineer victory - Charleston Gazette

Butler's time again - Charleston Gazette

In wild game, Butler again saves the day - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU uses ‘D’, coaching to rally past Louisville - Times West Virginian

WVU Slides Past Louisville 77-74 - WV Illustrated

Mazzulla still hesitant to shoot - Charleston Gazette

Ebanks handling high expectations - Times West Virginian

Just Another ‘Da’ For Mountaineers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Wellington Smith Becoming A Scoring Threat For WVU - WV Illustrated

Mountaineers no match for UConn women - Times West Virginian
Hetzel Column - But wouldn't it be nice to end that streak of theirs?

No No. 1's, but the best of the rest - ESPN

WVU gets about $3.5 million in football television revenue - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column - We should also get around 2 mil for BB, also.


Wants And Needs, Ivan Where Art Thou, ET AL - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Several videos regarding recruiting. Again the videos won't embed for some reason.

WHO’S GOING WHERE? - Southern Pigskin

Why are the Midwest's best players suddenly shunning the Big Ten? - Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports

Penn State takes charge on recruiting trails - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"With National Signing Day set for Wednesday, Penn State's recruiting class is ranked No. 9, well above WVU and Pitt."

Around the League (and Beyond):

Cincinnati defeats Providence 92-88 - Cincinnati Enquirer

South Florida defeats Pitt, 70-61 - PPG

Bulls upset No. 17 Pitt - Tampa Tribune

Georgetown makes big early lead hold up in win over Duke - ESPN
89 - 77

Syracuse escapes DePaul's upset bid - Post Standard
59 - 57

Sweet Jesus, What Was That?: Syracuse 59, DePaul 57 - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

UConn is a dumb basketball team - The UConn Blog
"UConn's loss to Marquette (70-68) Saturday has the Huskies teetering on the bubble."

Rutgers recruiting class at 17 after CB Gareef Glashen verbally commits - Star Ledger

Virginia 75, North Carolina 60 - ESPN
I present Exhibit A in the case of why pre-season polls should be abandoned.

Gilyard's big plays trump Tebow in Senior Bowl -

The Big Ten Expansion Index: A Different Shade of Orange - FRANK THE TANK’S SLANT

What's On Tap:

Connecticut Huskies vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
7 pm tonight from Freedom Hall on ESPN's Big Monday. Cards are giving 6. No word on what the refs are giving Pitino.

Video of Interest:

Thanks to the folks at WV Illustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Movie Quote Gallery of the Week:

My personal favorites on this list are #9 and #5.


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Playboy model from Las Vegas. Meet Jesse Preston. (Sadly, everything I've linked is SFW)


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