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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (3/23/10) Edition

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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 San Diego Brewing Company, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

The women are back in action tonight, as they take on the San Diego St. Aztecs for a berth into the Sweet Sixteen. I have previews for that to go along with the usual plethora of men's coverage. I love getting tips, suggestions and requests. Don't forget to vote for berths into the Exotic Eight. See you after the jump...

LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

San Diego State Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Partisan fans not a problem - Charleston Gazette
Texas' loss removes what Carey feared would be disadvantage

Mountaineers face upset-minded Aztecs this evening - Bluefield Daily Telegraph (AP)

WVU vs. Missouri Photo Gallery -

W.Va. needs 1 more win for school record 30th - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register (AP)

Williamson Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report

NCAA Sweet 16 fun facts - Tampa Tribune

News of Note:

Breaking down the Sweet 16 in NCAA men's basketball tournament -

Business as Usual - MSNsportsNET.Com

A Sweet Dance to Syracuse -

Mountaineers Prepare To Leave For Syracuse -

West Virginia's winning effort aided by Missouri's failures -
You can make this argument about any team after a game....maybe...just maybe, WVU's defense had something to do with their failures. Maybe. Ya, think?

There's no shortage of confidence with Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia's Mazzulla, Bryant make point to enhance success - PPG

WVU not celebrating yet - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wary of each other - Times West Virginian

Huggins defends Big East’s honor after NCAA exits - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Harris: Big East a great league? Hardly - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Somebody just earned a spot on the Ignorant Slut list.

OSU vs. WVU for the title? - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Pac 10 hoops image defended - Charleston Gazette

WVU men's next opponent doesn't see Tournament wins as upsets - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineer Music Television -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Why you should expect fewer upsets in future NCAA tournaments -

Cinderella teams like Cornell complicate television ratings - Fan Nation/

Do Your Part...Prevent Further Chipotle-Related Disasters - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Ignore this warning...hating on the burrito is (dare I say it?)...un-American

Boeheim not surprised by upsets in the NCAA Tournament - Post Standard

For the Pitino/Current senior class haters - Card Chronicle

Pitino vows to bring back full-court press next season - Courier-Journal

Pitt moves on without guard Dixon - PPG

Siena coach Fran McCaffery is top candidate in Seton Hall head coach search, report says - Star Ledger

Welcome to the Bad Apple of Hoops -- NCAABB FanHouse

Billy Donovan to St. John's a Batty Move -- NCAABB FanHouse

Billy Donovan turns down $3M per year offer to leave Florida Gators for St. John's Red Storm - NY Daily News

A 224-word post-mortem: the 2009-10 UConn basketball season - The UConn Blog

Dayton ends Cincinnati Bearcats' season, Deonta Vaughn's college career - Cincinnati Enquirer
81 - 66

Rutgers football facing several personnel issues as spring football set to begin - Star Ledger

MRI confirms ruptured Achilles tendon for Michigan State Spartans guard Kalin Lucas - ESPN
Lucas sidelined for 4-6 months

NCAA rejects Memphis' final appeal of vacated wins - ESPN

What's On Tap:

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

#11 San Diego State Aztecs vs. #3 West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
9:40 pm EDT, from the Frank Erwin Special Events Center in Austin, TX, on ESPN2.

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Once again, the genius that is Zach Galifianakis:

Pigtail Gallery of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is kind of a throwback, but, as you will see from the gallery, she's still got it. Here's one of the original Victoria's Secret models and the bride from the November Rain video. It's Axl's ex, Stephanie Seymour.

San Diego Brewing Company image via