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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (2/9/10) 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 Boont Amber Ale, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Well that sucked. Until we start making regular shots with regularity.... GRRR. We need to put Pitt in their rightful place to keep that #4 ranking...and that might not even do it. At least we get the new SI Swimsuit issue today. Plenty of recaps inside. Brace for more snow and keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN

Reynolds' strong second half helps Villanova bounce back - ESPN
82 - 75

Game Center - WV Illustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU - Villanova - BGN

News of Note:

Mountaineers misfire - Charleston Gazette

Battle of top five teams was one-sided - Charleston Daily Mail

Wildcat Guards Too Much - MSNsportsNET.Com

Super-Nova Guards Race Past "Stagnant" 'Eers - EerSports

Not Enough - BGN


WVU must return to 'lunch pail' style of play - Charleston Gazette

Guards big edge for Villanova - PPG

Mountaineers fall - Register-Herald
"Fifth-ranked WV falters at foul line in 82-75 loss to Villanova" - that's a different spin

WVU's win streak snapped - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Long, cold night - Times West Virginian

Atmosphere markedly different in Coliseum - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU Doesn’t Take Losses Well - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Bulked-up Jones making impact at WVU -

Weekly Watch: Week 12 - ESPN
Plenty of mentions here.

WVU Team Report 02/08/2010 - WV Illustrated

Newcomers to watch in the Big East this spring - ESPN

Around the League (and Beyond):

Villanova Might Be the One -- NCAABB FanHouse

Pitt routs Robert Morris, 77-53 - PPG

Good swap for Cards: Swopshire better since he switched to role as reserve - Courier-Journal

Harriott has change of heart, resigns as SU runnings back coach - Post Standard

NCAA expansion talk is messing with perfection - Tampa Tribune

What's On Tap:

Georgetown Hoyas vs. Providence Friars - ESPN
7 pm from the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence on ESPN2. Hoyas are giving 4.5.

Video of Interest:

Thanks to WV Illustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Super Bowl Fans of the Week:

This one gets my vote as fan of the decade. More (and others) inside if you click on the pic...


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an actress from California who's best known for her roles on Beverly Hills 90210, Las Vegas and the film The Rock. Here's Vanessa Marcil.

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