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Coverage is getting heavier and my heart and stomach are having harder times dealing with this wait. You can say I'm a bit uptight at the moment. Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming and don't forget to VOTE. Also, if you're going to the games this weekend, send in pics of the experience, we may use them in a post (but we're not promising). I'll be back tomorrow with a game day edition, as usual. One more day...
What You May Have Missed:
Final Four Report - MSNsportsNET.Com
MSN's Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs file their first (video) report from Lucas Oil Arena
Mountaineers nearing the summit - Rivals.com
In case you missed Oregon Mountaineer's Fan Shot
WVU so close in 1959 - Martinsburg Journal
News of Note:
Report: WVU lagging behind in academics - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Taking both figures into account "indicates that West Virginia has had a low graduation rate, but the current team is going to improve that significantly," Institute director Rich Lapchick said.
‘We do what we do’ - Times West Virginian
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins driven by hard work, winning - Joe Posnanski - SI.com
Best article I've read on Huggs to date. This was sent to me by several of you readers, Thanks.
West Virginia's Huggins is as huggable as a porcupine - Bellingham Herald
I would hope this is what Reilly was trying to do.
Test Against The Best - BGN
Video interview with Wells
West Virginia University Sports News - WVMetroNews
Too many links from here to clip today...feel free to browse here and the MetroNews homepage.
Final Four Gear - Football Fanatics
In case you were looking for some...(I'm hoping/holding out for another kind, personally)
News of the Enemy:
Around the League (and Beyond):
What's On Tap:
Friday Shoot Around - MSNsportsNET.Com
Be sure to catch Metro News' special one-hour broadcast of West Virginia's Final Four shoot-around at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday, April 2, 2010, at 1 p.m. MSN's Tony Caridi, Jay Jacobs and Kyle Wiggs will describe the action and will be joined by special guests throughout the hour-long show. The Final Four shoot around show can be accessed at the following link: mms://mediaserver.citynet.net/wvmetro
Sweepstakes for 2011 Final Four:
I'm not a shill, but if it's a chance for our people to win or enjoy something...
Mr. Peanut’s Road to the Final Four® Sweepstakes
TWO WAYS TO ENTER: From March 12, 2010 through April 6, 2010
- Visit www.facebook.com/MrPeanut, click on the “NCAA Sweeps” tab, and then follow the instructions to enter
- Visit http://links.promotions.com/
links/link.do?pid=4835&lid= 21694 and follow the instructions to enter
THE STAKES: Trip for four (4) to the 2011 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®
Trip includes coach class air transportation for four (4) from major airport nearest winner’s residence to Houston, TX; 5 days/4 nights hotel accommodations (one room; quad occupancy); four tickets to each of the National Semifinals on April 2, 2011 and four tickets to the National Championship Final on April 4, 2011; rental car for five (5) days (subject to rental car company’s standard restrictions); and $2,000 in spending money.
Video of Interest:
Videos of (Dis)Interest:
Here's a song that, after reading all of the stories about him this week and then hearing this, kind of reminded me of Huggs...kind of. Thanks for drifting back home Huggs. We love ya.
Ring Girls Gallery of the Week:
Today's Miss Throwdown is definitely a sexy Australian. Here's Lara Bingle.
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