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The Shotgun/Throwdown: 700th Victory/Baylor Gameday (12/23/11) Edition

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 Harboe Bear Beer, in honor of Huggy Bear's 700th win and in preparation for tonight's opponent.

I'm still in disbelief over that WIDE OPEN LAYUP rolling off the rim last night. Yes, it wasn't pretty by any stretch, but a win is a win, especially when a coach has racked up 700 of 'em. We have full coverage of Huggs' 700th victory inside to go along with a few Orange Bowl prep reports and news around the league

Programming Note: There WILL be a S/T tomorrow morning to run down the fall out from tonight's game and any other news I can dig up.

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

Huggs' 700th/Missouri State Hangover:

West Virginia 70, Missouri St. 68 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

Huggs Gets Win No. 700 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Recap includes a link to a complete replay of the game

Huggins Gets Milestone as Mountaineers Rally - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU rallied from ten points down the second half to beat Missouri State 70-68 in Las Vegas to give coach Bob Huggins his 700th career victory.

WVU relies on a little luck to upend Missouri State - Charleston Daily Mail
When the ball rolled off the rim, there was disbelief on the Missouri State bench and celebration for the Mountaineers.

Overtime for No. 700 - Charleston Gazette
Huggins gets milestone win with big boost from Browne

WVU vs. Missouri State Game Recap - WVillustrated
West Virginia overcame a double-digit second-half deficit and Bob Huggins became the 20th Division-1basketball coach to win 700 career games, as West Virginia defeated Missouri State 70-68 in overtime

Luck A Lady For WVU - BGN
West Virginia tried to give away the game; Missouri State wouldn’t accept it.

Huggins Shares Milestone Win with Friends, WVU Players - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers coach may say he wasn't thinking about his 700th win, but the support from his team and his friends was special.

Don't Take Bob Huggins for Granted - WVMETRONEWS.COM
He won his 700th game as a Division I head coach, becoming the 20th coach to do so.

What You May Have Missed:

Big East And West Virginia File Supplements To Support Their Legal Positions - Big East Coast Bias

Tourney preview: Las Vegas Classic - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

NFL Week 16 Preview - WVU Pros
A preview of NFL Week 16 games involving former West Virginia Mountaineers

News of Note:

Barclay says line play will improve - Register-Herald
Like teammates, Barclay said, "Early on in the season, everyone was struggling, trying to get back. Then the last three games we did some good things and a few bad things.

Clemson’s Watkins one of many challenges for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail/AP
Few know him better than West Virginia cornerback Brodrick Jenkins. They were high school teammates in Fort Myers, Fla.

Najee Goode Talks Orange Bowl Prep - Mountaineer TV
Linebacker Najee Goode talks about WVU's date at the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Grading the hires: Leach, Malzahn among the top choices - Sporting News

Let's Get to Know Paul Chryst - Cardiac Hill

Greg Scruggs Did Not Travel With Team, Michaelee Harris Officially Out With Knee Injury - Card Chronicle

5 Keys for Cincinnati to Score on the Vanderbilt Defense - Bearcats Nation

Syracuse's big run too much for Tulane as No. 1-ranked Orange remains undefeated - Post Standard

UConn Survives Scare In 79-71 Win Over Fairfield - Hartford Courant

Delusion Train Keeps On Chugging: Georgetown Beats Memphis 70-59, Improves To 10-1 - Casual Hoya

Final: Villanova Runs Away From American, 73-52 - The Nova Blog

State Champs! #10/#10 Marquette 64 Milwaukee 50 - Anonymous Eagle

Rutgers recovers after sluggish start to down NJIT, 77-53, as date with No. 11 Florida looms - Star Ledger

Seton Hall enjoying hot streak, though challenges lie ahead - Star Ledger

College Hoops Power Rankings - Luke Winn -

What's On Tap:

(7) Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Sin City on ESPN

Video of Interest:

Bob Huggins reaches another historic milestone, West Virginia gets ready to take on one of the top teams in the nation and we get a different take on Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an All-American beauty and Victoria's Secret Angel. Check out the video below and click on the picture for today's gallery of Lindsay Ellingson.

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