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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Akron Hangover (11/29/11) Editon

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Huggs got his first technical of the year and the Mountaineers went on a roll after to down the Akron Zips, behind a breakout night for freshman Jabarie Hinds. Meanwhile, KJ was his usual self, chipping in a double-double. We have plenty of coverage.

Back on the the oblong ball side of things, Coach Holgorsen is doing his best to keep everyone's focus squarely on USF, and with what's at stake, he shouldn't have too much trouble with that. Several WVU players were honored by the Big East for their play this past weekend and WVU picked up another RB commitment for the 2012 class.

All of this and more...

Akron Hangover:

West Virginia 77, Akron 56 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

Akron Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from Monday night's 77-56 victory over Akron at the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia 77, Akron 56 - MSNsportsNET.Com
"I thought Jabarie and Gary Browne together were very, very good, particularly in the run that we made in the second part of the first half," said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.

Zip But No Zap, Mountaineers Roll - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery and video

WVU basketball: Hinds give Mountaineers a spark - Charleston Daily Mail
Kevin Jones knows that the way West Virginia started this season likely changed the way outsiders viewed the Mountaineers.

Hinds sparks WVU's 77-56 win over Akron - Charleston Gazette
Freshman guard scores career-best 19 points

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Akron Game Recap - WVillustrated
Freshman point guard Jabarie Hinds scored 19 points and senior forward Kevin Jones added 18 as the West Virginia Mountaineers defeated Akron 77-56 on Monday night at the Coliseum.

Huggins, Hinds Spark WVU Past Zips - BGN
Bob Huggins is a great teacher of the Xs and Os of basketball, but Monday night, he also showed himself to be a master motivator. A well-timed technical foul picked up his lethargic WVU team, which went on a 19-2 run and earned a surprisingly easy 77-56 win over Akron at the Coliseum.

Freshman Hinds stars in WVU’s rout of Akron - Times West Virginian
"I needed a change," Hinds said after scoring a game-high 19 points and adding four assists without a turnover and five steals as the young Mountaineers went to 4-1.

Hinds’ 19 points leads West Virginia over Akron 77-56 - Daily Athenaeum
A first-half technical foul by West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins energized the Mountaineers to a 77-56 victory over Akron Monday night.

Hinds Has Coming Out Party In WVU Win Over Akron - WVillustrated
Freshman guard provides WVU with a first half spark that the Mountaineers ride to an impressive home victory.

Video: Akron Postgame - BGN
Huggs, Hinds and KJ

VIDEO: Akron Game Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Turk, KJ and Hinds

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Akron Photo Gallery - WVillustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Akron - BGN

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Tony Caridi recaps the Akron game, Dana Holgorsen talks about everything that's on the line in the USF game and Kyle Wiggs updates the Big East Conference race.

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's Monday afternoon comments previewing Thursday's South Florida game.

Football: Coach Holgorsen News Conference - MSNsportsNET.Com

Football: BIG EAST Weekly Award Winners - MSNsportsNET.Com
Senior defensive tackle Julian Miller and junior punter Corey Smith have been named BIG EAST Weekly Award Winners, and junior wide receiver Tavon Austin has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for their performances against Pitt on Friday night.

Video: One Good Thing - Big East Blog - ESPN
Andrea Adelson discusses the West Virginia defensive line's performance as one good thing in the Big East in Week 13.

Momentum Rankings After 13 Weeks - Football Study Hall
#22 and ranking explanation

VSR: Harrison Named Student-Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
This week's Varsity Sports Report

Bowl Projections: Big East Champion Will Get Slaughtered in BCS Bowl Game - Bleacher Report
From a Pitt fan, no less...surprised?

News of Note:

Holgorsen: A lot riding on West Virginia's game vs. South Florida - PPG
"This game is what this team is going to be remembered for," said Holgorsen.

All eyes on Florida - Register-Herald
Holgorsen wants West Virginia focus on Bulls, not bowls

Big East title, BCS bowl still in cards for WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The first step for the No. 22 Mountaineers is to win Thursday at South Florida to claim a share of the conference championship.

WVU puts it on the line - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers need win over USF for shot at Big East title

WVU to give final boost of energy against USF - Daily Athenaeum
"We have to prepare like it is," Holgorsen said. "We have (four) days where we can take a break later, but right now, there's not time to take a break … We have to do it right now."

Legacy on the line - Times West Virginian
Normally he comes across as laid back as a California surfer, but on this Monday there was a certain intensity in Dana Holgorsen’s voice and an urgency in the message he was going to relay.

WVU football: Daniels iffy on return for South Florida - Charleston Daily Mail
South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels missed Saturday's loss to Louisville with a bruised right throwing shoulder and is questionable for Thursday night's home game against No. 22 West Virginia.

WVU football: For No. 22 Mountaineers, Feigt makes ‘huge jump’ - Charleston Daily Mail
There was no specific plan for Feigt, no deadline to get him action. It would have been bold to expect him to do what he did Friday night, considering the limited time he'd been working with the real offense.

WVU punter bounces back with a boom (or four) - Charleston Gazette
"He played a big part in it,'' West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of Smith.

FURFARI COLUMN: WVU outcoached Pitt staff for 21-20 win - Times West Virginian
Trailing by 17-7 and being outplayed halfway down 1-79 at half time, WVU’s coaching staff made significant changes or adjustments and the defense started to perform a whole lot better.

Video: Football Interviews 11/28 - BGN
Coach Dawson, Geno, Coach Dunlap and Madsen

WVU Football Player Interviews: South Florida Week - WVillustrated
Julian, Tandy and Alston


RB Commits To West Virginia - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia received a third running back for its 2012 recruiting class as Roshard Burney from Palm Beach Gardens High School out of Florida gave his commitment to the Mountaineers.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Weekend Rewind: Big East - Big East Blog - ESPN

SDSU in no hurry w/Big East, BYU no Big 12 offer -
Big East Football = Kill it now

Exasperating Bulls clearly more than a play or two away - Tampa Tribune

Charlie Strong not apologizing for Louisville football's possible BCS shot - Courier-Journal

Blowing many late leads will define Pitt's football season - PPG

Butch Jones Can Add Illinois and North Carolina To List of Suitors - Down The Drive

Rutgers football 2011 season outlook: special teams and coaching - On the Banks

Bowl possibility remains for Syracuse University football team (video) - Post Standard

Pasqualoni Says There Are No Bad Bowls - Hartford Courant

Randy Edsall should be stopped before he hurts Maryland any worse - The Washington Post

Video of Interest:

Host Tony Caridi and analysts Jed Drenning and Dwight Wallace review last Friday's Backyard Brawl with the Pitt Panthers, and preview this Thursday's regular-season finale' at the South Florida Bulls.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I'm definitely a fan:

Miss Throwdown/What's on Tap:

Today's Miss Throwdown is actually a whole group of honorees. In honor of their show tonight, today we honor the Victoria's Secret Angels. It's one of my favorite nights of the year, tonight at 10 pm EST on CBS:

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