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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Elite (3/26/10) Edition

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3 down, 3 to go. Survive and advance. No points for style and no points for second place, boys. Sorry for the delay, but there's a lot to get through. We've got some great quotes from the always quotable Huggs. It's all inside. Also, there will be a S/T edition tomorrow. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

West Virginia wins ninth straight, headed to Elite Eight - ESPN
69 - 56, recap, video, photos and stats

Jones jump-starts West Virginia, leads advance to Elite Eight -

Final: West Virginia 69, Washington 56 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Not sure, but has there ever been a Final Four coach that wears a gold windbreaker? - Um,'s black, are you that color blind?

West Virginia 69, Washington 56 - Photos -
Kevin Jones finished with 18 points to lead three in double figures for the second-seeded Mountaineers. Jones also had a team-high eight rebounds.

Quote Lines: West Virginia vs Washington - BGN

1 more for Final 4 - Charleston Gazette

WVU win sets up big regional final pairing - Charleston Daily Mail

The Edge -
Match-up breakdown for the UK game

West Virginia No. 14 Nationally in Directors’ Cup - MSNsportsNET.Com

New Rule Could Clear Way for Kanter -
Now this is complete BS!! Deniz served a 20+ game suspension, and now that UK has a guy...they're gonna repeal the rule.

Here are a couple videos from CBS that I can't get to work, maybe you can:

West Virginia Post Game Press Conference - Video

Washington vs. West Virginia Highlights - Video

News of Note:

WVU goes from Sweet to Elite with 69-56 win - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU notebook: A postseason rarity: West Virginia as underdog - Charleston Gazette

WVU tested on the road - Charleston Daily Mail

Confident For A Reason - BGN

This one’s for you - Times West Virginian

West Virginia tops Washington, 69-56 - PPG

On to the Elite Eight! - EerSports

WVU Headed to the Elite Eight - WVMETRONEWS.COM

On to the Elite Eight - MSNsportsNET.Com

Butler bounces back after the thud - Charleston Gazette

Ebanks gets the job done on Huskies' Thomas - Charleston Gazette

Bench players help WVU live another day - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Flowers earns MVP talk from Huggins for effort - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MVP? X-Factor? It all works for WVU's Flowers - Charleston Daily Mail

There are no second chances for Washington - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Bob Huggins leads West Virginia to a big victory in the Sweet 16 - Washington Post
"We don't want to be the last Big East team standing," Huggins said. "We want to be the last team standing--period."

Huggins retains his signature intensity - Register-Herald
taken from the Seattle Times

Huggins' wrath, Mountaineers' physicality tough to overcome -
A short time later after, forward Wellington Smith was beaten by a shorter player Huggins screamed at him: "A [expletive] midget is whipping your ass."

Huskies coach says Huggins has a style - Charleston Daily Mail

On to the Next One -

West Virginia proves it is Elite - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Senior forward Da'Sean Butler called Huggins' halftime speech "magical."

Another 'W' Down, West Virginia One Win From Final Four -- NCAABB FanHouse
"Still playing," West Virginia assistant Larry Harrison said. "That's what Coach Huggins said afterward, 'We're still playing.' When people ask who's playing tomorrow, they're not saying Washington, they're saying West Virginia. That's all that matters. There are no style points."

Huggins, WVU overcome loss of Bryant - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

West Virginia Notebook: Huskies might be better next year - PPG

Around the League (and Beyond):

Kentucky basketball cruises past Cornell, 62-45 - Courier-Journal

Butler's renowned defense does it again -- this time to Syracuse - Post Standard

The Airing Of Grievances - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Down Goes Syracuse - Great Day in Hoya Land - Casual Hoya
While we here at The Smoking Musket have been known to be glad for a BE brother's loss from time to time, we don't do full posts gloating...especially if our team lost first.

With Paul Hewitt's rejection, St. John's Red Storm is aimless in coach search - NY Daily News

Ex-Seton Hall star Andrew Gaze helped open Australian pipeline to NCAA, Saint Mary's - Star Ledger

Coaches Holtz, Vaas finally reunited at USF - Tampa Tribune

International Bowl canceled after four years - Star Ledger
I guess Rutgers will have to find a new bowl to play in.

Rutgers' Tom Savage suddenly a veteran in young Big East quarterback class - Star Ledger

Pitt's Jacobson's time arrives at last - PPG

What's On Tap:

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on CBS

NCAA College Basketball Scores - ESPN
Today's slate

Video of Interest:

Not the best recap, but the only one I could find and get to work/embed:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

SEC Girls Gallery of the Week:

F the SEC...especially when they look like this:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Ukrainian pop star and drop dead gorgeous. Here's Ani Lorak. Click on the pic for a gallery (for you newbies here).


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