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The Shotgun/Throwdown: NCAA First Round (3/19/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Buffalo Belgian Stout, in honor of our First and (hopefully) Second Round host site.

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:

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Quick Take: Round 1: WVU vs. Morgan State -
"Motivation Through Hard Times"

WVU vs. Morgan State Game Preview -

NCAA Tournament Preview - Morgan State - BGN

WVU to Face Morgan State - MSNsportsNET.Com

Round 1 Practice Photo Gallery -

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
Mickey's Column

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
Hertzel Column

New York State of mind - Times West Virginian

Building Upon Success - BGN

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
Vingle's Notebook

Thursday notes from Buffalo 3/18/10 - 'Eers to the Ground/PPG

Video Interviews -
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 -

Alric Arnett: Pro Day Positives - WVMetroNews

Jarrett Brown: West Virginia Pro Day - WVMertoNews
Video Link

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 –

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
Dominque Jones'

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:

Miss Throwdown:

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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