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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (3/2/10) 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 Knickerbocker Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Alright!! Now that's how we like it. I'm speaking of the men, of course. It was Da's night from the start and WVU clinches the double bye. Now, can we sneak into 2nd place Saturday? If we play like we did last night, we can. The women didn't finish quite the way they would have liked. Yet, they still finished in 2nd place with a double bye in their tournament. Recaps galore inside. Tips, suggestions and requests make my day. Jump in...

What You May Have Missed:

Butler goes out in style as WVU handles Georgetown, which played without Freeman - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, etc.

Video: Senior Night - BGN

Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link

WVU Basketball Photos -

PoG: WVU - Georgetown - BGN

Orange hold No. 7 Mountaineers to 14 points in second half - ESPN
Recap, Stats, etc.

Women's Basketball: WVU Falls to Syracuse - MSNsportsNET.Com
Still #2 seed in BE tournament with a double bye. Full bracket inside.

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
#10 AP, #8 Coaches

Bracketology - ESPN
#3 Midwest

Bracket Watch -
#2 Midwest

College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN

Bubble Watch -

Brock Burwell named Mountaineer mascot - Martinsburg Journal

Campbell Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Includes a Varsity sports recap

News of Note:

No. 10 West Virginia beats No. 19 Georgetown, 81-68 - PPG

Butler leads West Virginia to win against Georgetown - PPG

Butler does it a final time - Charleston Gazette

Butler's 22 Leads WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com

Article, audio and photo gallery

Men's Basketball: Georgetown Reaction - MSNsportsNET.Com

Da'Sean Butler: Emotional Night - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link

Successful senior night -- with a twist - Charleston Gazette

Butler's Fitting Finale is Tear-Worthy - EerSports

Butler shines in goodbye - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The Butler Did it the Right Way - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Butler, Bryant key Senior Night win - Times West Virginian

The best is yet to come from Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU victory is more than just a win - Charleston Daily Mail

Jay's Big East Awards - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big East game-day traditions: West Virginia - ESPN


Junior days get mixed results, reviews - ESPN

Around the League (and Beyond):

Country Road, Please Take Us Home: Hoyas Roughed up in West Virginia - Casual Hoya

Arinze Onuaku and Andy Rautins prepare for their final game in the Carrier Dome - Post Standard

Louisville Freedom Hall Memories - Courier-Journal

Deonta Vaughn a bright spot in a tough four years for Cincinnati basketball - Cincinnati Enquirer

Bulls aiming to keep focus - Tampa Tribune

Rutgers, Big Ten look like a match - Chicago Tribune

Luke Harangody of Notre Dame Fighting Irish might be out for season with knee bone bruise - ESPN

Q&A with Pittsburgh coach Dave Wannstedt, Part I - ESPN

Terry Bowden: Bring on playoffs to replace BCS - Orlando Sentinel

Hoop Thoughts - Seth Davis -

Mid-Majors: Don't Shut Us Out of 96-Team Field, Too -- NCAABB FanHouse

What's On Tap:

St. John's Red Storm vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Dome on ESPN360, MASN and SNY. Cuse is giving 14.

Villanova Wildcats vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
7 pm tonight from 5th 3rd on ESPN2. Nova is giving 4.

South Florida Bulls vs. DePaul Blue Demons - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from Allstate Arena on ESPNU. Bulls are giving 2.5.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
9:30 pm tonight from the Bradley Center on ESPNU. Cards are getting 2.

Video of Interest:

As usual, thanks to our friends at WV Illustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This goes to 11.

Beer Inhalation Gallery of the Week:

It's not quite shot-gunning...but who am I to split hairs?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a fashion model from New York City who just recently finished in the final three of The Bachelor. Here's Gia Allemand.


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