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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Providence Gameday (1/13/11) Edition

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Huggs and the WVU men are back in action tonight after a short break (no, I'm not mentioning that word I talked about yesterday). We've got plenty of previews inside for you, as well as a couple features. I've also got some decent recruiting news to share today. WVU may have gotten an absolute steal the last few days.

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What You May Have Missed:

Providence Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
Article and video interview with Huggs

Bob Huggins' Wednesday Press Conference - WVMetroNews.com

Preview: Providence - BGN

WVU Men's Basketball Game Preview: WVU vs. Providence - WVillustrated.com

VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Team Previews Providence - WVillustrated.com
Huggs, Truck and Casey

Kevin Noreen Sidelined for Remainder of Season - WVillustrated.com

Football: Pair Added to Team Roster - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Roberts brothers are now officially enrolled

Football: Three Players Selected For All-Star Game - MSNsportsNET.Com
Scooter, Jock and Glover

WVU's First Compliance Director Jeffries Dies - MSNsportsNET.Com

Former WVU star Da'Sean Butler a champ on the court, class act off it - Yahoo! Sports

College football's Way-Too-Early 2011 Top 25 - ESPN
#25

Loaded Oklahoma, Oregon top early 2011 Top 25 Power Rankings - Andy Staples - SI.com
#20

News of Note:

Show up and contribute to our program’s success - Daily Athenaeum
by Coach Carey

Fans stay devoted to WVU women’s basketball despite crowd struggles - Daily Athenaeum

For Joe Mazzulla, Providence is Just Another Game - WVillustrated.com

WVU welcomes Providence to Coliseum - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU hosts Providence tonight - Times West Virginian

WVU focuses on stopping Providence’s top scorers - Daily Athenaeum

Bryant must do more than attack the rim - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Huggins not looking past Friars - Charleston Gazette

WVU coach impressed with Friars - Register-Herald

Numbers belie Thoroughman's contribution - Charleston Gazette
"Coach Beilein told me I was going to be Joe Herber,'' Thoroughman recalled.

Quizzes have helped WVU prepare - Charleston Daily Mail

The Big East looks west - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Mostly the same as Hertzel wrote yesterday

WVU football: Mumme says Holgorsen brings different air - Charleston Daily Mail

Recruiting:

Re: What do you guys want to know about Paul Millard? - WVSports.com
Scroll down and read the post from FMJags490 (11th post from the top) for information on the QB who could be a hidden gem and absolute steal.

Matthews, Garrison Santos Top Area Team - Scout.com
RB Garrison seems to be a new WVU target

New Commit For West Virginia - WVMETRONEWS.COM
LB Isaiah Bruce from Jacksonville, includes audio from his HS coach

Linebacker Isaiah Bruce Commits to WVU for 2011 - WVillustrated.com
Read paragraph #4, if nothing else. He may not have been a good OL coach while here, but he's a stand up guy.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East's top three rise to the occasion - ESPN

Season On The Brink: Georgetown Embarrassed At Home By Pittsburgh, Lose 72-57 - Casual Hoya
Too bad they both couldn't be embarrassed in the same game

Pitt dominates Georgetown, 72-57 - PPG

Game 15: Syracuse Orange dumps the St. John's Red Storm 76-59 - Rumble In The Garden

Syracuse 76 - St. John's 59: Kings Of New York - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

postGame: Villanova 88 Louisville 74 - The Nova Blog

Cards Rebounding, Defending Unwell Proves To Be Downfall - Card Chronicle

Kilpatrick sparks Bearcats to win over South Florida - Cincinnati Enquirer

USF-Cincinnati Postgame Thoughts - Voodoo Five

Seton Hall Basketball: Final - Seton Hall 78, DePaul 67 - Hazell Returns and Leads Pirates to Comfortable Victory - South Orange Juice

The Tip In: Clash of Mike Rice's winning ways evident after Rutgers' 'quit' against UConn - Star Ledger

On The Fly: Whipple A Safe Choice For UConn - Hartford Courant

Les Miles Agrees to 7-Year Extension - NCAAFB FanHouse
But we all know how binding these really are, don't we?

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis - SI.com

What's On Tap:

Providence Friars vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Coliseum on ESPN2

Video of Interest:

Parts 1 & 2 were posted here the last two days, now here's Part 3 (of 8). The rest can be found over at WVillustrated.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I had a video of other European tour guys trying to skip a ball across a lake to hit a gong in this spot before. I think this one may be more impressive.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Vegas model Ieva Verkelyte. You might be able to catch her at the Bellagio if you're out there (and lucky), but you can catch her gallery here today by clicking on her picture.