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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (2/19/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information and daily distractions; Now nationally recognized! We're being brought to you today by Skyscraper Brewing Company, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

This has been a really slow week for articles from the usual sources for some reason. Anywhooo... The men are back in action at home tomorrow against an improved Seton Hall team. Improved from the team that almost beat us the first time, no less. In women's action, WVU travels to Tampa to take on the Bulls tomorrow afternoon. There's a full slate of BE BB to keep you occupied too. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. I'm off to Tobacco Road. Have a great weekend!!! All the fun starts after the jump...

Let's GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Thursday Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN
#8 here

Power Rankings - Stewart Mandel -
#8 here also

News of Note:

Hazell has date with WVU circled - Charleston Daily Mail

Newfound Intensity Sparks WVU -

Ebanks Finding His Stride -

Friars didn't size up against Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette

2010 Baseball Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

A look at QB experience in the Big East - ESPN

The Big East's best: No. 3, Noel Devine - ESPN

Joe Alexander of WVU traded to Bulls - Charleston Daily Mail
I hope he gets a chance and this isn't just a salary cap move.

New West book raises eyebrows - Charleston Gazette
jbseay gave us a link to a related article a couple days ago.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Rautins goes for season-high 26 in Orange win over Georgetown - Post Standard
75 - 71, but it was a 23 point lead for Cuse

Pitt pounds it inside to beat Marquette, 58-51 - PPG

Hoyas' heart not enough in the Big East - ESPN

UConn's Jim Calhoun Against NCAA Tourney Expansion - NCAABB FanHouse

With first road win since November against St. John's, Seton Hall took important step for its stretch run - Star Ledger

Rutgers coach Fred Hill says Knights will be NCAA Tournament-bound in 2011 - Star Ledger

Louisville basketball's Samardo Samuels is wearing his new thick skin well - Courier-Journal

Cincinnati needs Gates to find old form - Cincinnati Enquirer

Pierre-Paul draws a lot of notice - Tampa Tribune

Would Horns of plenty exit Big 12? Maybe, if eyes of Texas see more - Dallas Morning News

What's On Tap:

Seton Hall Pirates vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Coliseum on ESPN.

St. John's Red Storm vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Sun Dome on ESPN360, MASN and SNY.

Louisville Cardinals vs. DePaul Blue Demons - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Allstate Arena on ESPNU.

Connecticut Huskies vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the RAC on ESPN 360, MASN and SNY.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
4:30 pm Saturday from the Sun Dome.

Villanova Wildcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
Noon Sunday from the Pete on CBS.

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
2 pm Sunday from 5th 3rd on ESPN360 and MASN.

Video of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Didn't know you could mash these two up so easily:

Bikini Skiing Gallery of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a southern California actress. She got her first real start on James Cameron's Dark Angel tv series and has since had memorable roles in Sin CIty, Fantastic 4, and Into the Blue, among others. Here's the ever popular Jessica Alba.


This next one doesn't really get good until the one minute mark, so that's where I have it start when you click on it.

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