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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Regional Finals/Elite Eight (3/27/10) Edition

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It's the Regional Finals with a berth to the Final Four in Indianapolis on the line. Big test on tap today for the men. Kentucky is easily the most talented team we've faced all year, but we're also the most physical team they've faced. Story lines beaten to death today include:

  1. Huggs and the softer side
  2. Huggs and Cal, old friends
  3. Da's hand and it's ok
  4. Patterson vs. his home state's flagship university, WVU

Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming and don't forget to VOTE. Let's get it started with a good ole...

LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Kentucky Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Head-to-head: West Virginia vs. Kentucky - who has the basketball advantage? - Courier-Journal

Two states share one basketall passion as Kentucky and West Virginia look to go toe-to-toe - Courier-Journal

Loyalties Blur State Lines - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Elite 8 Photo Gallery - BGN
Images from Friday's media sessions for the West Virginia - Kentucky Elite 8 match-up

West Virginia fans enjoying their moment - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

There is something about team with a will - Register-Herald

Inching Closer to Indianapolis -

Mining Data - BGN

News of Note:

Dream matchup - Charleston Gazette

Saturday's matchups, Baylor's breakout, more - Seth Davis -

Bring On The Wildcats - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Kentucky, West Virginia ready for showdown - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia, Kentucky similar in many ways - Times West Virginian

Big challenge - Times West Virginian

WVU faces tall task in Kentucky - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Kentucky could hit the wall vs. WVU zone - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Bob Huggins, a Mountain(eer) of a Man -- NCAABB FanHouse

Bob Huggins back at home, back on top - Stewart Mandel -

More to Huggs Than Meets The Eye - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WVU coach Bob Huggins: Tough guy, big heart - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register (AP)

Huggins, Cal friendship goes beyond hoops - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Matchup of friends, foes - Charleston Gazette

Huggins, Calipari: Foes in final, friends for years - Charleston Daily Mail

Clash of the Coaching Titans - EerSports

West Virginia Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins and Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari show ability to adjust - ESPN

Elite Eight opponents keep no secrets - Charleston Daily Mail

Huggins, Calipari friendship goes way back - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Huggins, Calipari meet on big stage - PPG

West Virginia Notebook: Butler's right hand fine - PPG

Butler: Hand injury not a problem - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Butler 'good to go' following fall - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU notebook: Butler hand injury not a concern - Charleston Gazette

We’re Casting Our Vote For WVU’s Butler - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

West Virginia’s Mazzulla Puts Struggles Behind Him - NY Times

Mazzulla Responds - BGN
Includes video

Mazzulla, going solo at point guard, pushes WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

Player Video Interviews -

WVU banks on Devin's defense - Charleston Daily Mail

Deniz Kilicli (Flip Video) - MSNsportsNET.Com

Kevin Jones (Flip Video) - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU's smiling aggressor - Charleston Gazette

Around the League (and Beyond):

His new Kentucky home - Charleston Gazette

NCAA notebook: Patterson to face WVU for Final four berth - Charleston Daily Mail

Fouls cut into Cousins' numbers - Charleston Gazette

Tennessee ousts Ohio State for school's first regional final appearance - ESPN
76 - 73

Michigan State ends UNI's tourney run, advances to Midwest final - ESPN
59 - 52

Singler, Scheyer shoot Blue Devils past pesky Purdue - ESPN
70 - 57

Baylor reaches round of eight less than seven years after tragedy - ESPN
72 - 49 over Saint Mary's

Forget 'Hoosiers'; these 'Dogs are for real - Indianapolis Star

Tantrums Drown Out Martin's Warm Story -- NCAABB FanHouse

Sleeping With Our Best Friend: Back For Sloppy Seconds With Butler! - Casual Hoya

The Onuaku Effect - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Take Wes' Words With A Few Million Grains Of Salt - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Seton Hall confirms junior forward Jeff Robinson entered his name into NBA Draft - Star Ledger

Former star Peyton eager to make most of second chance - Tampa Tribune

At first practice, Kelly unleashes culture shock on Irish - South Bend Tribune

What's On Tap:

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on CBS

East Region Final

#2 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. #1 Kentucky Wildcats - ESPN
7:05 pm EDT from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY. Kentucky is giving 3.5.

West Region Final

#5 Butler Bulldogs vs. #2 Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
4:30 pm EDT from EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT. KState is giving 2.5.

Video of Interest:

Being that this is the Regional Finals, I thought this one was appropriate

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Jessica Burciaga Gallery of the Week:

Here's one from one of our own Hump Day Bracket Sweetest Sixteen members.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an Israeli model and actress who has been gracing the pages of SI's Swimsuit Issue the last couple years. Here's Esti Ginzburg (pic leads to thumbnail gallery).

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