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The seemingly long wait is over. WVU opens the tournament today with the first game of the entire day. Good lord, the Big East can't have a worse showing than yesterday...can it? Let's all hope not. There's lot's inside to cover. A win today will also signal another edition of the S/T on Sunday morning. The 2nd Round of the Hump Day Hottie Bracket is up and polls are open. Today's Game Thread will follow shortly. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. Time to start the show...
I almost forgot the most important part:
What You May Have Missed:
Quick Take: Round 1: WVU vs. Morgan State - WVIllustrated.com
"Motivation Through Hard Times"
WVU vs. Morgan State Game Preview - WVIllustrated.com
NCAA Tournament Preview - Morgan State - BGN
WVU to Face Morgan State - MSNsportsNET.Com
Round 1 Practice Photo Gallery - WVIllustrated.com
Thursday Workouts - MSNsportsNET.Com
Death by the old gold and blue - Charleston Daily Mail
Big East Shocked Loses 3 Teams To Start -- NCAABB FanHouse
News of Note:
Love affair with state drives West Virginia - PPG
"We are West Virginia's team"
WVU players want recognition for Huggins - Charleston Daily Mail
Coach Huggins’ father happy about Mountaineers’ success - Register-Herald
WVU's style is rooted in Ohio - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Mountaineers' last six as tough as NCAAs - Charleston Daily Mail
Overcoming history - Times West Virginian
New York State of mind - Times West Virginian
Can the Butler do it again? - Charleston Daily Mail
Butler handles spotlight in Buffalo - Charleston Gazette
1-3-1 defense could be WVU's ace in the hole - Charleston Gazette
Bryant hoping to bounce back at the point - Charleston Gazette
Thursday notes from Buffalo 3/18/10 - 'Eers to the Ground/PPG
Video Interviews - WVIllustrated.com
Butler, Smith and Jones
Mountaineers motivated entering NCAA tournament - Martinsburg Journal (AP)
WVU not first test for Bears - Charleston Daily Mail
Mountaineers Respect Bears - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Morgan State Has Faced Adversity - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Goliath role for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Pro Day At WVU - WVIllustrated.com
Alric Arnett: Pro Day Positives - WVMetroNews
Jarrett Brown: West Virginia Pro Day - WVMertoNews
Selvish Capers: Opening Eyes at Pro Day - WVMetroNews
Around the League (and Beyond):
Upsets take tourney to new level - ESPN
The 2010 edition of the best day in college sports turned into arguably the greatest opening day in NCAA tournament history.
Day 1 at the Dance: It Was Utter Madness – SI.com
Kentucky's John Calipari is the sleaziest coach in a sleazy game - Slate Magazine
So This Is How The Season Ends: #14 Ohio Beats #3 Georgetown 97-83 - Casual Hoya
Te he he...
Like Hoyas' Season, Future of Georgetown, Monroe Uncertain -- NCAABB FanHouse
ODU ends Irish season - South Bend Tribune
51-50 (that's insane...look it up)...Bye Bye Gody!!!
Thank God That's Over - The Nova Blog
Nova escaped 73-70 in OT over Robert Morris
Syracuse's stellar regular season won't matter without tourney run - Post Season
The same can be said for us.
Louisville to face some little NCAA Tournament opener against California - Courier-Journal
Pitt wants Gibbs to shoot more - PPG
Kelly Whitney, former Seton Hall player, is arrested as alleged accomplice in Robert Mitchell case - Star Ledger
OK, this is just getting weird.
Care needed with social media, as USF, Jones learn - Tampa Tribune
Someone Left The Team...It Must Be Time For Football! - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
UC's Barnett returns to WR - Cincinnati Enquirer
What's On Tap:
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on CBS
Morgan State Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
12:15 pm from the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY. WVU is giving 18.
NCAA College Basketball Scores - ESPN
Here are the rest of today's games.
Videos of Interest:
Hey Buffalo.....Here we come!!!
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Some dude put together all available online clips to make one big super-trailer.
March Madness Cheerleaders Gallery of the Week:
Today's Miss Throwdown is (according to Wiki): "a German and American model, actress, television host, business woman, fashion designer, television producer, artist, and occasional singer." Anyone with the nickname of "The Body" certainly has the credentials to serve as Miss Throwdown. Here's Mrs. Seal, Heidi Klum. I was going to use THIS PICTURE, but I was afraid someone (*ahem) might be offended by the nipples.
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