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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (4/5/10) Edition

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Gatorade, to help with the hangover from the weekend.

Disappointed, upset, depressed, contempt...these are a few of the bad things we may still be feeling today. We should also be feeling tremendous pride in what this team did. This was a special team that accomplished more than many thought possible. It's also just the start. We'll be back to the Final Four again...and beyond. I believe that and sooner rather than later. So celebrate a wonderful season and don't dwell so much on the final game. It's still a great day for the Mountaineers everybody!! Keep the tips, suggestions and requests coming. Don't forget to VOTE if you haven't yet. Our UHH Champion will be crowned tonight. Also, Happy Birthday little brother!! See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Loss, injury stings West Virginia's Butler - ESPN

Mountaineers Praise Duke - MSNsportsNET.Com

Butler Wins Lowes Senior CLASS Award - MSNsportsNET.Com

Butler's injuries worse than thought - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU senior's injury worse than initially reported -

Unlucky injury clouds Butler’s NBA future - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Butler’s college career deserved better finish - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU Players: Postgame Press Conference - WVMetroNews

Post-game Player Interviews -
Videos: Deniz, Da`Sean, Joe and KJ

Final Four draws highest TV ratings in five years -

WVU Basketball Photos -
Last look from the game.

News of Note:

I'm Sad, But Proud - WVMetroNews

WVU season won’t soon be forgotten - Times West Virginian

The Good With The Bad -

Mountaineers Filled State With Pride - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Don’t forget WVU’s numerous achievements this season - Register-Herald
Mickey's Column

"Huggy Bear" makes an appearance -

Video: Huggins consoles Butler in front of millions - The Dagger

A state embraces its star - Martinsburg Journal

"One Shining Moment" - WVMetroNews
Hoppy's Commentary

NCAA notebook: Butler's WVU career ends in painful way - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia's Bob Huggins shows softer side with Butler embrace - Andy Staples -

I Guess Bob Huggins Is a Human Being After All - Voodoo Five

Painful ending for WVU - Boston Herald (AP)

Loss shows great lengths of WVU's work - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU's offense never got on track vs. Duke - Charleston Gazette

Not a pretty picture in Final Four - Charleston Gazette

WVU's patented comeback wasn't to be - Charleston Gazette

Duke dooms WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

Duke was simply too good - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

The road dead-ends for WVU in a devil of a loss - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers paid price for defensive lapses - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers' climb comes up a little short - PPG

Season ends in mountain of pain - Register-Herald (AP)

Butler-Duke is no Cinderella matchup - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook - included is a bit about Ebanks' future

Ebanks' decision will impact WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Mountaineer faithful celebrate in Indianapolis - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Around the League (and Beyond):

Butler's Stevens already a creature of habit, model of excellence -

Bulldogs' Mack, Gordon improved under Dixon's guidance in summer - PPG

Collaros impressive in early going - Cincinnati Enquirer

Orange star nose tackle back in Syracuse, but only for a visit - Post Standard

Louisville football’s Dexter Heyman returns to familiar spot at linebacker - Courier-Journal

Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu sees the difference a year can make - Star Ledger

Giddins making name for self - Tampa Tribune

Holliday Reacts To Players Arrest - WVMetroNews

What's On Tap:

The Mountaineer men's basketball team will be arriving back in Morgantown at the Coliseum at 2 p.m. this afternoon. Come out to support the team after they just completed one of the greatest seasons in school history!

Butler Bulldogs vs. Duke Blue Devils - ESPN
NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game from Lucas Oil Stadium at 9:21 pm on CBS. Duke is giving 6.

Videos of Interest:

We love you Huggs!! Here's to you, the entire team and bigger things ahead!!

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Here's an attempt to cheer everyone up a bit.

I can't believe I'm doing this, but here's one for the ladies too:

Easter Babe Gallery of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a sexy model who hails from Venezuela. I proudly present Marjorie De Sousa.

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