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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Groundhog Day (2/2/10) Edition

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booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today. Lot's of news to cover today. We got basketball. The men get Kilicli available to play tomorrow and it's against Pitt. The women have the biggest task of the season in front of them tonight in the undefeated and seemingly invincible UConn Huskies. And last but not least, tomorrow is National Letter of Intent signing day. Plenty of recruiting news to share as well. And, I almost forgot, Phil saw his shadow. Thats right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's GROUNDHOG DAY! Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. Jump in...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

A Settled Controversy - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video of Huggs from the Sportsline show.

NCAA Basketball Polls - ESPN
As Charley reported yesterday, back up to number 6 in both polls.

Bracketology - ESPN
Lunardi's latest has us #2 in the West

Bracket Watch - Andy Glockner -
SI's version has us a #3 in the Mid-West

Hoop Thoughts - Seth Davis -
Seth has officially joined the Ignorant Slut club.

2010 NCAA tournament bracket prediction - FOX Sports on MSN
#3 seed in Houston

Women's Bracketology - ESPN
#3 in the Sacramento bracket

NCAA Women's Basketball Polls - ESPN
The WVU women are at #11.

WVU Varsity Sports Report -

Follow National Signing Day - WVUSportsBuzz
I'll just use the internet at work, but if that isn't fast enough for you mobile types, there's this.

News of Note:

WVU Prepares for Undefeated Huskies - MSNsportsNET.Com
I'd love for them to end this streak...but that'd probably just piss UConn off and give 'em more focus. Still, it'd be nice.

Monumental task for WVU women - Charleston Gazette

Huggins: We Don’t Have A Lot of High-Scoring Players - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Butler Passes Milestone -

Deniz's Debut - MSNsportsNET.Com
In case you haven't's tomorrow against Pitt.

How will Kilicli look in his debut game? - Charleston Gazette

WVU's Kilicli to debut against Pitt - Register-Herald

West Virginia University bulks up inside game - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mr. Smith Goes To The Basket - WV Illustrated

WVU Team Report - WV Illustrated

Despite University of Connecticut Huskies, women's basketball has plenty of parity - ESPN
"West Virginia and Georgetown are a combined 37-5, while the more traditional Rutgers and Michigan State (participants in fairly recent title games) are just 25-16."

"Nothing Beats Football Saturdays in Morgantown." - EerSports
"West Virginia fan Jason Winnell writes about why nothing will ever compare to football Saturdays in Morgantown, W.V." - nice write-up from Joe Fan.

The Big East's best: No. 25, Jarrett Brown - ESPN

Slaton Ready to "Go Harder" - WV Illustrated


Miramar receiver Ivan McCartney torn between UM, UF, West Virginia -

Weekend recruiting nuggets around the Big East - ESPN
Not good news for the good guys.

Everything you need to know about signing day 2010 - ESPN

Keeping recruiting secrets isn't easy - ESPN

Leaving may be only option for many recruits - Tampa Tribune

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big Ten source refutes Pitt expansion report - Chicago Breaking Sports

Pitt tries to stay positive - PPG

Welcome to TheLostSeason: Louisville 82, UConn 69 - The UConn Blog

No. 2 Villanova blocking out distraction that comes with high ranking as visit from Seton Hall arrives - Star Ledger

Orange Scouting Report: Syracuse vs. Providence - Post Standard

Louisville defeats Connecticut 82-69 - Courier-Journal

Big East admits errors by officials in U of L-W. Va. game - Courier-Journal

Louisville basketball blew this before the refs did - Courier-Journal

Holtz hopes to close recruiting period strong - Tampa Tribune

With political involvement afoot, prepare for major BCS change -

CBS-Turner bid possible for NCAA tourney - Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal
"The NCAA has its sights set on expanding from a 65-team tournament to either 68 or 96 teams if it opts out of the CBS contract, according to the 12-page RFP."

Sources: 96-Team March Madness Is "Done Deal" - SPORTSbyBROOKS
Stick this in your "academics will suffer if there's a football playoff" argument, NCAA!!

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the XLC in Hartford. WVPBS is providing coverage.

Seton Hall Pirates vs. Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Pavilion in Villanova on ESPNU. Nova is giving 10.

Providence Friars vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Dome on MASN. Cuse is giving 15.5.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Don't drive ANGRY!!!!

Super Bowl Cheerleader Gallery of the Week:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Hungarian beauty. Here's Pápai Gyöngyi (NSFW).


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