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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (3/9/10) 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 Shiner Bock, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

We have a big day today: the women are in the finals tonight and the men's tourney gets underway at noon. Carey's women face a seemingly insurmountable task tonight, but David's been known to cut down Goliath before. We just gotta keep the faith. Huggs and the guys will have/get to wait until Thursday for their first test. Until then, plenty of tournament previews to keep you satisfied. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. It's all inside after the jump. I've always tried to remember this next part for the men's games, but I've never done it for the women, so...

Let's GOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Miles lifts No. 9 WVU into Big East tourney final - ESPN
56 - 49 over Rutgers

WVU Postgame Press Conference -

Interest in WVU basketball is at peak pitch - Times West Virginian
Mickey's Column

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
#7 AP & #6 Coaches

Bracketology - ESPN
#2 East

College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN

Bracket Watch -
West Virginia nabs final No. 1 seed [ed. West] over Duke and Ohio State

Bubble Watch -

NCAA Tourney Projections: Final March -- NCAABB FanHouse

Bland Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
and varsity sports reports

Big East Poll 2010 -
We've made it to the Final Four....keep voting

This was on the front page of SI this morning:


BB News of Note:

WVU tops Rutgers to reach title game - PPG

Are Huskies too good? -

West Virginia the pick to emerge from Big East crucible - NY Post

WVU coach says team sometimes 'like geese' - Charleston Daily Mail

Appreciating Good Things and Greatness - BGN

Da'Sean wants to keep hunter mentality - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers play the waiting game at Big East tournament - Register-Herald

WVU Team Report 3/9/10 -

Player Interviews -
Videos of the three sophomores

Devin Ebanks - MSNsportsNET.Com
Video Interview

Bob Huggins: To The Garden - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link

Truck Bryant: A Possible Number One - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video link

Big East will get eight NCAA bids - Charleston Daily Mail

Big East men's basketball tournament preview - Star Ledger

2010 Big East Conference Tournament Preview - The Sports Network

Big East Tournament starts today; here's a look at the matchups - Post Standard

Big East tourney is big mystery - Courier-Journal

FB News of Note:

Football: Lonnie Galloway - MSNsportsNET.Com
Video interview

Spring superlatives: West Virginia - ESPN

Notre Dame to 'host' Maryland at FedEx Field - ESPN
What a crock of S@#$. Sad thing is, even in their own back yard (literally) ND will have more fans there than the Turtles.


Scout TV: Clifton Richardson -

Scout TV: Marco Jones -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Cronin: Bearcats need to relax - Cincinnati Enquirer

Pieces in place for Bulls as Big East tourney opens - Tampa Tribune

Pitt's Gibbs named most improved in Big East - PPG

Seton Hall's John Garcia hoping for a second trip to the NCAAs - Star Ledger

Will Tuesday's game be the last for Rutgers coach Fred Hill, Jr.? - Star Ledger

The Sporting News names Syracuse's Jim Boeheim as Coach of the Year - Post Standard

Big East has tough act to follow, itself - Post Standard (AP)

Andy Katz: Championship Week primer - ESPN

Big 12 has emerged as nation's best basketball conference - Dallas Morning News
Dude is on crack.

Postseason Swag Disappearing in Some College Conferences - Sporting Blog - Sporting News
We all knew it happened at the Bowls, but I never knew it happened at the Conf. Tourneys.

What's On Tap:

#2 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. #1 Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
7 pm tonight, BE Tournament Finals from the XLC in Hartford on ESPN. Huskies are giving 29.

#16 DePaul Blue Demons vs. #9 South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon today from MSG on ESPN2. Bulls are giving 7.5

#13 St. John's Red Storm vs. #12 Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
2 pm today from MSG on ESPN2. Huskies are giving 4.5.

#15 Providence Friars vs. #10 Seton Hall Pirates - ESPN
7 pm tonight from MSG on ESPNU. Hall is giving 5.5.

#14 Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. #11 Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
9 pm tonight from MSG on ESPNU. Manbearpigs are giving 7.5.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

There's always content for the guys on here (ahem...see next item...and the one after that) and I know we have a few female readers out there. So, here's a little sorta-something for the ladies. You all will probably laugh at it though (I hope). It's a bit long, but worth it. Thanks to Jimmy T over at Hot Clicks.

Wet T-Shirt Gallery of the Week:

6 pages strong...

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from the Lone Star State. Here's Brooke Banx.

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