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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (3/3/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions; Now nationally recognized! We're being brought to you today by Kingfisher beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

Another Big Monday down and another long week between games. The women are also off for a while until Sunday's BE Quarterfinals at 6 pm. Plenty inside to occupy you. We have another poll to win as well (Pitt is in 2nd behind us). UPDATED at 9:50 am (switched some videos around). Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. Now's the time...

What You May Have Missed:

Tourney Projections: A Need for Contraction, Not Expansion -- NCAABB FanHouse

NCAA Women's College Basketball Polls - ESPN
#7 AP & #9 Coaches

Women's Bracketology - ESPN
#2 seed in Sacramento

No. 2-seeds, weak bubble the hot topics in latest women's basketball Bracketology - ESPN

Men's Basketball: Inside Senior Night - MSNsportsNET.Com

News of Note:

More hills to climb for WVU - Charleston Gazette

Bench play has boosted WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU’s Payne given fitting senior farewell - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU vs. Georgetown Afterthoughts -

Mountaineer women get 2 seed in Big East - Charleston Daily Mail

Brock Follows Rock as Mountaineer -

'NCAA Football 11': First Look - ESPN
For you gamers out there.

MSG is holding polls for the best fans in the Big East and is also asking for photo and story submissions. Click on the BE logo to participate. We're in first, but let's extend the lead a bit. Shall we?


Around the League (and Beyond):

Syracuse wins first outright Big East title since 1991; other notes from Orange win over St. John's - Post Standard
85 - 66

Marquette crushes Louisville 69-48 - Courier-Journal

Things I Hate - Card Chronicle
I think Marquette should be on this list.

Jones pulls Bulls through against DePaul - Tampa Tribune
63 - 59

Cincinnati Bearcats' comeback falls short against No. 9 Villanova - Cincinnati Enquirer
77 - 73

In or out?: The quest to save face, Part IV - The UConn Blog

Pitt guard Dixon chasing team milestone - PPG

Big Ten commissioned report recommends expansion for conference - Star Ledger

I Like My Calipari With a Little Ice and Water - Last Angry Fan

Four reasons why NCAA tournament expansion would be horrible -

NCAA tournament expansion beginning to seem increasingly likely - Stewart Mandel -

Forde Minutes: Cribs edition - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Connecticut Huskies vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
Tonight at 7 pm from the Joyce Center on ESPN. UConn is getting 1.5.

Video of Interest:

Thanks again to WV Illustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This movie looks awesome (warning: NSFW language)

EA Gallery of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native of India and has been hosting Top Chef since its second season. Here's the lovely Padma Lakshmi.

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