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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (3/5/10) Edition

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It's the final weekend of pool play in the Big East. There is an absolute full slate of BE games starting tonight and running through Saturday night. The men have a big one against 'Nova tomorrow. If we can win that we'll have the exact same record (both conference and overall). We'd be assured of a #3 seed and I'm not sure how the tie breakers work, but maybe we can squeeze a #2 finish out of this. The women get back in action this weekend as they begin their BE Tournament on Sunday evening at 6 on ESPNU. Tips, suggestions and requests make the best day brighter. Have a great weekend everybody!!!! Come inside and see what the fuss is all about...

Let's GOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Manchin, Clements disagree on AD move - Charleston Daily Mail
"West Virginia University President Jim Clements and Gov. Joe Manchin don't appear to see eye-to-eye on the impending exit of the university's long-time athletic director." - Thank God!!! I think this means he won't let us be strong armed into another Marshall series, either.

Mountaineers Garner All-BIG EAST Accolades - MSNsportsNET.Com
"Four members of the nationally ranked West Virginia University women’s basketball team garnered all-BIG EAST honors, the league announced today [ed. yesterday]."

NCAA College Basketball Power Rankings - ESPN

Power Rankings - Stewart Mandel -

Bracketology - ESPN
#3 West

College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN

UConn, Florida, Mississippi St. in trouble as NCAA bubble tightens -

Charlie Creme's women's Bracketology video update - ESPN
"Florida State has moved past West Virginia and Xavier as the final No. 2 seed in Charlie Creme's women's Bracketology video update."

Big East Women's Tournament: Does any team other than Connecticut have a chance? - Star Ledger

News of Note:

WVU women hope to rebound in tournament - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU’s Miles Big East Defensive Player of Year - Times West Virginian

Mountaineers’ Carey deserves coach of the year awards - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

Big East Tournament: Double Bye or Not? -- NCAABB FanHouse

Point guards drive ways of Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

Analysts don’t impress Huggins with knowledge - Times West Virginian

WVU Team Report 3/4/10 -

A Must See Event - MSNsportsNET.Com
Caridi has a list of why he likes loves the BE Tourney more than the Big Dance.

Smith questionable, Heastie missing for WVU - ESPN

Eu won’t do much in spring practice - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Coley is the Man... For Now -

Bowden becomes honorary West Virginian - Charleston Gazette

WVU's second female mascot says she had to overcome gender bias -
Not that I thought she should have faced it, but who, in their right mind, thought she wouldn't?


Tremayne McNair Has WVU Offer -

Scout TV: Desmon Peoples -

Scout TV: Caleb Taylor -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East could place eight teams in NCAA Tournament - Fan Nation

The Big East's post-season awards: And the winners are ... - Post Standard

Intense play, heated postgame exchanges mark Seton Hall's 85-74 victory over Rutgers - Star Ledger

Gibbs leads Pitt to win against Providence - PPG
73 -71, with a 3 at the buzzer

Pitt Panthers guard Jermaine Dixon counts his blessings despite what he lost - ESPN

Freedom Hall Memories - Card Chronicle

The Mourning After: Will Austin Freeman Play? - Casual Hoya

Tough year? It's relatively easy - Courier-Journal

Mick Cronin: Criticism hasn't been easy - Cincinnati Enquirer

Syracuse basketball notes as the Orange prepares for Louisville - Post Standard

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

No legal action against ex-coach Jim Leavitt, Bulls player says - Tampa Tribune

Greg Paulus' Passion Is Passionate - SB Nation

Not everyone in Big Ten on board with expansion -

Porn Star Samantha Ryan Given Floor Seats by Kansas Assistant Coach -- NCAABB FanHouse

Team-oriented Butler will be a tough out in NCAA tournament -

What's On Tap:

St. John's Red Storm vs. DePaul Blue Demons - ESPN
Tonight at 8:30 from Allstate Arena on ESPN360, SNY and MASN.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Wachovia Center on CBS.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Georgetown Hoyas - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Phone Booth on ESPN360. Never thought I'd see the day when a ranked Hoya team wasn't covered this late in the season by local TV at least.

Syracuse Orange vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
It's the last game at Freedom Hall (assuming no NIT). Saturday at 2 pm on ESPN.

Connecticut Huskies vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Sun Dome on ESPN360, MASN and SNY.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Bradley Center on ESPN360.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
4:30 pm Saturday from the Pete on ESPN360, MASN, and Fox Sports Pittsburgh.

Seton Hall Pirates vs. Providence Friars - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Dunkin' Donuts Center on ESPN360.

#2 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. # 7 DePaul - Big East
6 pm Sunday from the XLC in Connecticut in Big East Quarterfinal action on ESPNU.

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is, yes, another Brazilian (I can here the groans from here). One day, I'll make it down there. She's a SI Swimsuit veteran. Please make welcome...Daniella Sarahyba.


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