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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (1/10/11) Edition

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The Mountaineers had a pretty good, if not great, weekend. The men got a much needed BE road victory at G-town and the women continue to roll, moving to 16-0 with a victory over Cincinnati. Over on the football side of things, Roberts Sands has made it official and will enter the 2011 NFL Draft, foregoing his senior year of eligibility. Several new football recruits have already made it official by enrolling early, starting this semester. Plus, there's also a little football game being played in the desert tonight...maybe you've heard about it. And finally, make sure you check back around 11am for the first ever Smoking Musket podcast.

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What You May Have Missed:

Bob Huggins Post Game MSN Interview -
Mountaineers score their fourth consecutive win over the Hoyas.

Football: Sands Declares for NFL Draft - MSNsportsNET.Com

Bracketology - Women's College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN
#2 Dallas region

Tony's Take - MSNsportsNET.Com

No. 6 West Virginia 72, Cincinnati 44 - ESPN
Recap and stats

West Virginia Downs Cincinnati - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU women crush Cincinnati, 72-44 - Times West Virginian
Mountaineers block 17 shots, move to 16-0

Cincinnati Recap - Mountaineer TV
Hoppy Kercheval and Warren Baker recap West Virginia's 72-44 victory over Cincinnati Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.

Mike Carey Postgame Remarks - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Mike Carey reviews his team's 72-44 victory over Cincinnati Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.

Coach Carey: Cincinnati Postgame -
Coach Carey talks about the Mountaineers 72-44 win over Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon.

Jamelle Elliott: Cincinnati Postgame -
Coach Elliott talks about her team's 72-44 loss on Saturday afternoon.

Cincinnati Postgame Report -
Hear what Coach Carey said about the Mountaineers win and a record the defense nearly beat.

WVU women steady atop Big East - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Women’s b-ball attendance falls short - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineer Jammin Feature - Mountaineer TV
Feature on the sixth-ranked WVU women's basketball team that airs during the season debut of Mountaineer Jammin' Saturday morning.

WVU players coming here - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Will be featured at 15th Steak & Burger Dinner Jan. 27

Free is fallacy for WVU students - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Devin Ebanks Recalled to L.A. Lakers -

Justice Named New Head Coach - Concord University Athletics
Congratulations to former Mountaineer OL Garin Justice!!!

News of Note:

Casey Mitchell scores 28 points as Mountaineers pressure Hoyas - ESPN
65 - 59

WVU Gets Big Win at Georgetown - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Continues its Success Against Georgetown - WVMETRONEWS.COM

PoG: WVU vs Georgetown - BGN

Mitchell's all-around contribution key vs. Hoyas - Charleston Gazette

WVU men find way on road - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Climbing Back - BGN

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: WVU 65 Georgetown 59 -

WVU Men's Basketball Team Learning to Finish -

Defense carries WVU - Charleston Gazette

WVU notebook: Huggins' pop quizzes could be paying off - Charleston Gazette

WVU comes together to beat No. 13 Georgetown - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers Basketball Gets Back on Track by Having Fun -

WVU basketball: Mountaineers respond with collective effort - Charleston Daily Mail

Marshall, WVU headed in the right direction - Charleston Daily Mail

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU's Win Over Georgetown -
KJ, J Flow, Casey, Cam and Huggs

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs. Georgetown -

Photo Gallery: WVU vs Georgetown - BGN

WVU's Kevin Jones' High School Coach Remembers Him Well -

Defense Takes A Hit - BGN

West Virginia defense has a lot to replace - ESPN

Robert Sands Declares for the NFL Draft -

WVU's Sands to NFL; Herd's Curry next? - Charleston Gazette

WVU football: Sands to enter NFL draft - Charleston Daily Mail


WVU Recruit Jabarie Hinds Showed Off His Skills in Wheeling -

What is Holgorsen Looking For? - MSNsportsNET.Com

5 recruits have enrolled for January classes already

Finally In Morgantown - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Roberts brothers, that is

Holliman Chooses Cardinals over Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Around the League (and Beyond):

Pitt beats Kentucky in BBVA Compass Bowl - PPG

Pitt's Lewis likely headed to NFL draft - PPG

Pitt Football: Todd Graham And Panthers Talking Money ... Uh Oh - Cardiac Hill
What are they uh-ohing? This may be the best candidate discussed so far.

Dorsett Worried About Damage to Pitt Program - NY Times

Pitt defeats Marquette, 89-81 - PPG

Piitsburgh 89 Marquette 81 - Anonymous Eagle

Postgame: St. John's goes cold + loses to Notre Dame, 76-61 - Rumble In The Garden

It's Panic Time: Georgetown Loses To West Virginia 65-59, Drops To 1-3 In Big East - Casual Hoya

Decoding John Thompson III? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

No. 4 Syracuse survives scare against Seton Hall - Post Standard

Seton Hall Basketball: Final - #4 Syracuse 61, Seton Hall 56 - Pirates Fight, but Can't Overcome Poor Shooting Performance - South Orange Juice

Louisville basketball defeats South Florida 86-77 amid Steven Van Treese's coming out party - Courier-Journal

Familiar scenario for Bulls in loss to Cards - Bulls Report/Tampa Tribune

UConn 82, Texas 81: We have Kemba Walker and you don't OR: Alex Oriakhi is an unstoppable beast - The UConn Blog

Cincinnati Bearcats suffer first loss of season, 72-61 to Villanova - Cincinnati Enquirer

postGame: Villanova 72, Cincinnati 61 - The Nova Blog

Rutgers Scores Big in the Second Half, Beats Providence 85-72 - On the Banks

Tom Savage, Casey Turner transferring from Rutgers - On the Banks

NCAA rules Kentucky's Enes Kanter permanently ineligible - ESPN
I kinda feel sorry for the kid, but after what they did with Deniz, fair is fair (and that's strange from the NCAA). And it's not like he's not gonna get a shot at the NBA because of this.

Source: BSU's Petersen talking with Stanford - CSN

What's On Tap:

(2) Oregon Ducks vs. (1) Auburn Tigers - ESPN
8:30 tonight from Glendale on ESPN and ESPN 3. Tigers are giving 1.5. Here's a preview.

(15) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Brad on ESPN2

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I normally try to keep things light and funny here, but this deserves sharing. Here's ESPN's interview with Rutgers' Eric LeGrand.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is what you get when you mix the best of Colombian, Peruvian and Italian heritage. Here is a gallery of Franchesca DelCarpio.