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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Cardinals Hangover (1/27/10) Edition

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That's a hard one to lose. Honestly, with only 8 guys available, I was impressed with the fight this team put up against a good team on the road. But, moral victories count for squat and that was a winnable game. All the coverage you're used to is inside. I've also got some Senior Bowl updates to share and lot's of good stuff from around the league.

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What You May Have Missed:

Bob Huggins Post Game MSN Interview (audio) -

WVU offers new program for athletes - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Nobody asked me, but ... - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineers are coming to the 15th Annual Steak and Burger Dinner - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

West Liberty coach: Cottrill, Jennings haven't come to see him - Charleston Daily Mail
Evidently, that was the rumor floating around (I hadn't heard it)

Jennings still in Morgantown, but leaves farewell message - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Repella Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalist - MSNsportsNET.Com

Liz Repella | Women’s Basketball 2010-11 - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Vote for Liz Repella here

WVU's Neild Trying to Impress - MSNsportsNET.Com

Devine struggling, and other All-Star news - Big East Blog - ESPN

Senior Bowl Devine inspiration: West Virginia's Noel Devine proves size doesn't matter - Press Register

Senior Bowl: Stock Up, Stock Down - ESPN Video
Todd McShay looks at Cameron Jordan, DeMarco Murray, Allen Bailey and Noel Devine


Peyton Siva's layup helps Louisville tip West Virginia - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos and video

Siva's Shot Lifts Louisville - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU comes up short - Charleston Gazette
Siva's last-second scoop shot helps Cardinals avoid upset

WVU men lose tough one at Louisville - Charleston Daily Mail

Siva's Circus Shot Drops WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and gallery

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: Louisville 55 WVU 54 -

Louisville hits layup in final seconds to defeat Mountaineers, 55-54 - Daily Athenaeum

Short Down The Stretch - BGN

Mountaineers go cold; Louisville charges back to claim 55-54 victory - Times West Virginian

Tough way to take loss - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Mazzulla, Mountaineers struggled in second half - Charleston Gazette
If ever there was a captain obvious headline...

Just Like We Drew It Up: Cards Win 55-54 - Card Chronicle

Peyton Siva's scoop lifts Louisville over West Virginia 55-54 - Courier-Journal
Recap includes several video links

PoG: WVU vs Louisville - BGN

Joe Mazzulla's Big Night Ruined By Cold Second Half -

Kilicli, Thoroughman play more significant minutes - Daily Athenaeum

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU's Loss to Louisville -
Huggs, Mazz, Truck, Cam and Pepp

Sights And Sounds: The Cardinals Fly At The Buzzer -
Mountaineers stay in the game at Louisville despite a long offensive dry spell.

Bob Huggins: Postgame Press Conference -
Huggins talks about his team not making shots in the second half, Joe Mazzulla's performance and the tough loss.

Cam Thoroughman: Louisville Postgame -
Thoroughman talks about the second half for the Mountaineers and losing in the final seconds.

Dalton Pepper: Louisville Postgame -
Pepper talks about the tough loss and what is next for this team.

Darryl "Truck" Bryant: Louisville Postgame -
Truck talks about the free throws he missed in the final minute of play and losing a close game to one of the best teams in the conference.

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs Louisville -

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Louisville - BGN


Chestnut and Buie Choose West Virginia - Gold and Blue Zone

Jarmal Reid still weighing options - Daily Athenaeum

Big East recruiting scorecard - Big East Blog - ESPN

C.J. Johnson latest elite recruit to meet trouble on Facebook - Andy Staples -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Marinatto's State of the Big East, Part I - Big East Blog - ESPN

Marinatto's State of the Big East, Part II - Big East Blog - ESPN

UCF Knights have potential to become elite program - ESPN
BE expansion anyone?

Big East Expansion: Villanova Moving Closer, USF Hates UCF - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Big East football secession not so farfetched - Charleston Daily Mail

What Does a Donor's Money Buy at UConn? - NY Times

Video: UConn's booster mess - Big East Blog - ESPN

Robert Burton Writes Jim Boeheim A Letter - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
After the letter to UConn from their booster, THIS was inevitable...and delicious

postGame: Providence 83 Villanova 68 - The Nova Blog
Don't look now, but Providence is on a roll. Glad we played 'em when we did.

Game 18: Hoya-Smacka - St. John's blown out by Georgetown, 77-52 - Rumble In The Garden

And We're Back In The Game! Georgetown Defeats St. John's 77-52 - Casual Hoya

UC Bearcats smother Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Cincinnati Enquirer

Rutgers men fall to Cincinnati, 72-56, in Big East road test - Star Ledger

Is it time to hit the panic button for Syracuse University basketball? - Post Standard
They've lost 3 in a row and want to hit the panic button. Try having a non-existent Freshman class and down to 8 scholarship players.

TheBracketWatch: One seed? Yes please - The UConn Blog

Turnovers continuing to hurt USF - Tampa Tribune

On Coach Al: Ten Years Gone, But Not Forgotten - Anonymous Eagle

Seton Hall Basketball: JP's 5 Thoughts- Hazell, Shooting, Jordan, Tempo, Crowd Control - South Orange Juice

Pitt Football Recruiting: Todd Graham Not Slowing Down Anytime Soon - Cardiac Hill

Pitt releases non-conference football schedule - PPG
Eight....EIGHT home games

Hoop Thoughts - Seth Davis -

Iowa Hospitalizations Caused by Exertional Rhabdomyolysis - NCAAFB FanHouse

Rich Rodriguez joining CBS for Signing Day coverage -
Who's laying odds on Lion King references and crocodile tears?

What's On Tap:

DePaul Blue Demons vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
9:00 tonight from the Sun Dome on ESPNU

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

If anything ever deserved the slow clap, it's this mini-golf shot.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former hostess of G4's Attack of the Show, current contributor to The Daily Show and star of the new sitcom Perfect Couples. Here's five pages of every geek's dream girl, Olivia Munn (as always, the pic links to gallery).

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