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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (1/11/11) 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 Flying Aces Ale, in honor of today's rather unique date. Maybe it's just me, but isn't it ironic that a date with all ones falls on a Tuesday?

Welcome to crazy aces day. The #6 WVU women travel to Marquette tonight in search of their 17th straight victory (they currently hold the nation's longest active winning streak, btw). Other than that, the news is kinda all over the place today. Also, Pitt did finally settle on a coach, and in my opinion, he may be the best one they even considered. On a much smaller scale than RR heading to Pitt, this could still make things very interesting with some other familiar faces up there.

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What You May Have Missed:

Weekly Watch: Week 7 - ESPN
Casey was impressive, WVU is the team of the week and Morgantown is a place to be this coming Sunday

Top Plays of Week - Mountaineer TV
Mountaineer Jammin's Top 5 Plays of the first two months of the men's basketball season. - Week, 2 months, make up your mind

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
Receiving votes again

VSR: Rader Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
Varsity Sports Report

@TonyCaridi - Twitter
I'm told up to 3 former WVU/Michigan assistants will try to join Todd Graham if he takes over at Pitt. - This could/should make things doubly interesting

TonyCaridi's photos - Plixi
Work continues on WVU basketball practice facility.

Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
WVU is the highest BE team at #35, and I think that may be generous

2011 WVU scouting report - Daily Athenaeum
Here's your first 2011 football preview

Mountaineers have mixed reactions to coaching changes - Daily Athenaeum

Holgorsen brings high-scoring offense to Morgantown in 2011 - Daily Athenaeum
It took Oklahoma State 1:47 to score a touchdown on its first offensive possession in the Cowboys' 36-10 win over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.

Musings of a Mountain Man: Dear John Letters -
Dude totally stole our concept/schtick

News of Note:

Women's Basketball Preview: #6 WVU at Marquette -

Mountaineers Travel to Marquette - MSNsportsNET.Com

No. 6 WVU women at Marquette - Times West Virginian

WVU tries to avoid upset at Marquette - Daily Athenaeum

VIDEO: Women's Basketball Pre-Marquette Interviews -
Coach C, Repella, Asya Bussie & Korinne Campbell

WVU women's basketball: Carey wants a national title - Charleston Daily Mail

Mike Carey has turned program into a winner - Daily Athenaeum

Pitt job, giddy Hugs and Sands' decision - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Men’s b-ball becomes tight-knit over two-straight Big East wins - Daily Athenaeum

Basketball Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Team Report 1/10 -

Bubble Watch - Andy Glockner -


Sources: Millard Expected To Enroll - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Recruiting hurt by lack of fans - Daily Athenaeum
Women's BB is discussed here, though one could make the same argument for the men's side, at least based on the first semester game attendance.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Pitt's search ends with hiring of Tulsa's Graham - PPG

Pitt loses three offensive players to draft - ESPN

TCU sends big message to Ohio State - The Matador Sports

2010 Big East in Review: Final Team Power Rankings, Classic Rock Edition (Part 1) - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
As a classic rock connoisseur, I approve of these comparisons. Part II is HERE.

Big East Basketball Power Rankings Week 9 - The UConn Blog

Big East Once Again Full of Beasts - NCAABB FanHouse

Any way you slice it, Big East is a beast - Charleston Gazette
Ain't it funny how these things always seem to coincide?

Marquette 79, No. 9/11 Notre Dame 57 - Anonymous Eagle
Marquette absolutely bitch slapped ND. Yeah, I said it.

Notre Dame men's basketball: Warriors expose Irish - South Bend Tribune

Veteran UC team needed more poise on the road - Cincinnati Enquirer

Previewing UConn: Rutgers Basketball Game 16 - On the Banks

UConn getting by, but Walker needs even more help from his friends - The UConn Blog

James Bell Looks Healthy, Providing Villanova Needed Minutes - The Nova Blog

Chris Petersen Announces He's Staying at Boise State - NCAAFB FanHouse

Bowls Pay Bowl Officials Big Bucks - NCAAFB FanHouse
Thirteen bowl executives make more than $240,000 annually, including three bowl officials who make more than $500,000 a year, according to salary figures obtained by the Sports Business Journal. - Read that sentence again

What's On Tap:

(7) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
8:00 tonight from the Al McGuire Center

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the XL Center on MASN and ESPN3.

Video of Interest:

Here's part I of the latest Bob Huggins show. The rest can be seen over at WVillustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I featured the original here before, now here's the new sequel (Warning: Very Very Bad Words):

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model, actress and former member of the Seattle Seahawks cheerleading squad. Here's a nice gallery of Amber Lancaster.