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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Alcorn St. Gameday (11/17/11) Edition

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No rest for the weary, because the men are back on the court again tonight to take on Alcorn St. (see our preview HERE). In other action, the WVU men's soccer team will open up their NCAA tournament at home tonight against Xavier. We also have some recruiting bits for you for both basketball and football and Bruce shows he has a heart.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
the Mountaineer basketball team gets ready for its third game in a week, WVU receivers coach Daron Roberts stops by to talk about the rest of the season and a former Mountaineer talks about a future Mountaineer

Men's Basketball: WVU Faces Alcorn St. Thursday - MSNsportsNET.Com
Bob Huggins gets back into the laboratory for a day of work on Wednesday before his team returns to the court to face Alcorn State Thursday night at the Coliseum.

Déjà vu - MSNsportsNET.Com
It is well known in athletics that the challenge of beating the same team twice, and the West Virginia men’s soccer team will look to disprove that theory today at 5 p.m., when it takes on Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

News of Note:

WVU basketball: Mountaineers host Alcorn State today - Charleston Daily Mail
"We understand the fact they're freshmen now and they're going to mess up," Jones said. "We have to have more of a connection out there on the floor. It seemed at times that maybe Truck and I were on our own playing the same way and the other three guys were on a different page at the same time. We have to get that right."

WVU vs. Alcorn State Game Preview - WVillustrated
Thursday night's game against Alcorn State is going to be interesting for West Virginia.

Preview: Alcorn St. vs WVU - BGN
Alcorn State is something of an unknown quantity coming into Thursday's game at West Virginia.

Mountaineers still looking to fix flaws - Register-Herald
“The truth is we’re not good enough to shoot 16 for 28 at the foul line, turn the ball over 17 times, and in particular turnovers that directly led to baskets.”

Mountaineers looking to bounce back vs. Alcorn State - Charleston Gazette
It is a chance not only to work on some deficiencies, but to perhaps regain a little bit of lost confidence.

Quick Turnaround Could Be an Issue for WVU - WVillustrated
WVU faces a tough test in trying to regroup in one day following a tough loss to Kent State

Mountaineers look to rebound from Kent State against Alcorn State - Daily Athenaeum
"You definitely don't want to lose a home game – especially to a nonconference team," said senior forward Kevin Jones. "Hopefully we come out with a bunch of energy and just keep it going. We can't dwell on the past; we've got to keep on moving."

Mr. Consistency - MSNsportsNET.Com
Bailey is one of only three players in school history with 1,000 yards receiving, the sophomore now just seven yards shy of breaking David Saunders’ 15-year record of 1,043 yards produced in 1996.

WVU coach Holgorsen targets offensive line - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn't dance around the offensive line's performance in last weekend's narrow win at Cincinnati.

Irvin hopes Cincinnati QB heals quickly - Charleston Daily Mail
"If I could take that sack back for him to be good, I would."

Video: Pitt, WVU at the bye - Big East Blog - ESPN
Pitt and WVU have an extra week to prepare for the Backyard Brawl.


Henderson Signs With WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com
Henderson, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound shooting guard, is currently in his senior year at Neuse Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.

Mathis Latest in Offensive Recruiting Focus for WVU - WVillustrated
It appears the Mountaineers football staff is doing all it can to ensure that the passing success their team is enjoying this season continues for years to come.

Move to Big 12 unlikely to affect WVU's recruiting plan - Charleston Gazette
It may change the message and the approach of Holgorsen and his staff when they go recruiting, but that's entirely about what you're selling, not where you're selling it.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Befuddled Big East set for big finish - Daily Athenaeum
Another weekend of conference play in the Big East has passed, and yet again, the outlook has gotten murkier for fans attempting to digest the erratic results produced by the gauntlet of conference play.

Louisville football's defense has some depth issues - Courier-Journal

Collaros will help Bearcats prepare - Cincinnati Enquirer

Rutgers facing Cincinnati defense that ranks second in nation against run - Star Ledger

UConn Football Notebook: After bye week, Huskies get back to work - The Hour

Beating Miami would cure many ills for USF - Tampa Tribune

Pitt Basketball: Panthers "Upset" at Home by Long Beach State - Cardiac Hill
86-76, schadenfreude rocks

Jim Boeheim's Inevitable Displeasure Rests With The Syracuse Defense - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Former Assistant Paints a Less-Than-Flattering Picture of Paterno - Quad Blog/NY Times

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

Ex-Fiesta Bowl COO Natalie Wisneski indicted by federal grand jury - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Men's Soccer: WVU Set to Host Xavier - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team is set to play host to No. 25 Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 17. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is set for 5 p.m.

Alcorn State Bravehawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Coliseum on ESPN3.

Maine Black Bears vs. (4) Connecticut Huskies - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the XLC on SNY and ESPN3.

Video of Interest:

Coming off an injury, junior running back Shawne Alston has been the Mountaineers most consistent RB in the past few games. Shawne is a criminal justice major who has learned many life lessons as a student-athlete.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I just found this show last year and now these are necessary? I has a sad.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another gorgeous Vicky's model (whose images help with the sads). Click on the picture for today's gallery and the source link for a bonus gallery of Lily Aldridge.

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