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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Big East Champions (3/15/10) Edition

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"If I can make it there, I'll make it...anywhere." Well, this team made it there. I guess we can make it anywhere. We won this one, but we ain't done yet. "I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps and find I'm a number one, top of the list, king of the hill, A Number One." OK, so we got "A Number 2" for the Big Dance. Lot's of BET Championship coverage to clean out and a look ahead to the big one. No time to rest on our laurels of this championship. There are bigger fish to fry. Beware the Ides of March, people. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. See you inside...

BET Redux:

SC Highlight Of The Night - ESPN Video - ESPN

Here’s every buzzer-beater Da’Sean Butler has made this season - College Hoops Journal
I have to give the guys over at Casual Hoya props for this find.

The Butler Did It! - MSNsportsNET.Com

It's been a redemptive road for the West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
I saw where Columbus linked to this, just after my brother mentioned it to me. Great, great article.

Final: West Virginia 60, Georgetown 58 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
"Da'Sean Butler will never buy a drink or a meal again in West Virginia."

Butler's latest game-winner gives West Virginia first Big East tournament crown - ESPN
Recap, video and stats

WVU wins first Big East Tournament title - Charleston Daily Mail

Big East tourney run caps bizarre week for WVU - Charleston Gazette

Da'Sean does it again - Charleston Gazette

Butler's layup gains WVU 1st Big East title - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU captures 1st Big East title with 60-58 win - PPG

WVU's title awfully sweet - PPG

Jarrod West relives shot through Butler - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Quote Lines III - BGN
Here's what the coaches and players were saying after West Virginia's 60-58 win over Georgetown for the Big East championship

If They Can Make It Here... - BGN
I swear I started this theme before seeing this article.

Photo Galleries -

Photo Gallery II: West Virginia - Georgetown - BGN

Photo Gallery III: WVU - Georgetown - BGN

PoG: WVU - Georgetown - BGN
Da definitely deserves it, but you could make a strong case for Wells, too.

Post-Game Celebration and Awards Ceremony -
Video...Country Roads has never sounded sweeter!

West Virginia and coach Bob Huggins earn proud moment with first Big East title - NY Daily News

Late Drive Gives West Virginia Its First Big East Title - NY Times

Mountaineers Rule in the Garden -

West Virginia Wins Big East With Another Dramatic Finish -- NCAABB FanHouse

WVU Press Conference -

Shouldering the Burden - MSNsportsNET.Com

Post-Game Celebration - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big East Championship Celebration - BGN
Video Link

Cutting Them Down - BGN
Another Video link

Team Arrival at Coliseum - MSNsportsNET.Com

Morgantown's Warm Welcome - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video Link

The Mountaineers Arrive - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Audio Link

Fans welcome Mountaineers home - Charleston Daily Mail

Winning Big East was longtime goal for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

Tourney provides lifetime of memories - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Looking Forward to the Big Dance:

WVU Learns Path to NCAA Title -

East: Kentucky's Best, but Watch Out for the Rest -- NCAABB FanHouse

WVU placing NCAA tickets on sale today - Charleston Gazette
Good luck getting them through the University.

Bracket Musings: Selection Sunday Edition –

West Virginia draws Morgan State in NCAA opener - Register-Herald (AP)
Bob Huggins has led West Virginia to its highest-ever seeding in the NCAA tournament.

Mountaineers land No. 2 seed - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers voices frustration over 2 seed - PPG

No. 2 seed disappoints WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Matchups could have been better - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Bob Huggins: "We Were A One Seed" - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video Link

Forde Minutes: Big Dance edition - ESPN

WVU none too happy with No. 2 - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineer Report: A Number Two Seed? - WVMetroNews

West Virginia to Battle Morgan State - MSNsportsNET.Com

Men's Basketball: Devin Ebanks - MSNsportsNET.Com

Kevin Jones: Playing The Draw - WVMetroNews

Wellington Smith: Morgan Who? - WVMetroNews

Ebanks' decision on hold - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

WVU women hopeful for today's NCAA bracket - Charleston Daily Mail
Women are hoping for a 2 as well


Pitt, WVU and Penn State using practices to groom new starting quarterbacks - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East may consider tourney changes - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Big East may be waving goodbye to the double bye for its conference tournament.

NCAA caves to TV pressure by going easy on Duke - Kansas City Star
I normally takes Whitlock's comments with a grain of salt, but he may have something here.

NCAA does no favors for tourney favorite Kansas - Stewart Mandel -

A knee-jerk take on the NCAA Tournament: Mid-major schools emerge as Big Dance regulars bow out - Star Ledger

Syracuse Just Kidding, AO Totally Not A-OK - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Done in an effort to keep the #1 seed, no doubt, ala the Kenyon Martin scenario

Louisville Cardinals face California; No. 1 Duke could loom in 2nd round - Courier-Journal

Pitt Basketball: Seed, site, foe pleasing to Dixon - PPG

Cincinnati gets Weber State in NIT - Cincinnati Enquirer

USF's breakthrough season capped with NIT trip - Tampa Tribune
Some are actually happy with the NIT bid.

Seton Hall forward Robert Mitchell removed from team hours before Selection Sunday - Star Ledger

Videos of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Thank you New York, we love you!!! See ya next year!!

Pi Day (3.14 yesterday, get it?) Gallery of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model and actress who had stints as the St. Pauli Girl and Playboy Playmate of the Month in 1999. She could also be seen in the Baywatch spoof, Son of the Beach. Here's Jaime Bergman.

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