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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Syracuse Game-Day (2/14/11) Edition

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Happy VD everybody. That's Valentine's Day to Mountaineer fans (for fans of that green school a little farther South, stands for something else). The men got off the schneid Saturday against DePaul, but no rest for the weary as they head to Syracuse tonight for a tilt in the Carrier Dome. On the other side of the coin, the women's slide has now reached three straight with yesterday's loss to Louisville. Coverage of the weekend's games and previews of tonight are inside. Also, Owen Schmitt celebrated his birthday in Morgantown over the weekend, Mountaineer style.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU-Syracuse Preview - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU Men's Basketball Game Preview: #25 WVU at #12 Syracuse -

Preview: Syracuse - BGN

WVU returns to Dome to face Orange - Daily Athenaeum

WVU Will Try to Tap Into Elite Eight Magic in Syracuse -

Orange will test suddenly potent offense - Charleston Gazette

Road rumble - Times West Virginian

For WVU, Dome just another court - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Mountaineers on the road to face No. 12 Syracuse - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU basketball: Slump ends at the right time - Charleston Daily Mail

Dawson again Dana’s right-hand man - Times West Virginian

2011 NFL Draft: Where Will Pitt, West Virginia, And Penn State Players Be Selected? - SB Nation Pittsburgh

WVU Men's Basketball Team Report: 2/11 -

WVU Men's Basketball Team Report - 2/14 -

From the Cheap Seats 2/12 -

Inside the WVU Student Section -

Best Big-Game Performers - MSNsportsNET.Com

The effect of Big East play great - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Bracketology - ESPN
#6 SW

College Basketball Bubble Watch - NCAA Men's Basketball - ESPN

Schmitt Continues To Overcome Adversity - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Owen Schmitt Celebrates His Birthday with Morgantown Concert -
Includes a video feature

Louisville Hangover:

Louisville hands W.Virginia its third straight loss - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

Mountaineers Defeated by Cardinals - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women struggle offensively in 57-47 loss to Cards - Daily Athenaeum

Repella climbing WVU stat ladder - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

DePaul Hangover:

West Virginia ends 2-game skid by beating lowly DePaul - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

Flowers Powers WVU - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: WVU 82 DePaul 71 -

Recap and gallery

WVU basketball: No. 25 WVU makes DePaul feel pressure - Charleston Daily Mail

Offense finally clicks - Charleston Gazette
True, it was just DePaul, but WVU will take it

Mountaineers surge past DePaul, 82-71 - Times West Virginian

Balanced WVU continues DePaul’s Big East nightmare - Daily Athenaeum
Five Mountaineers score at least 10

Finding A Balance - BGN

PoG: WVU vs DePaul - BGN

Every game counts in the rugged Big East - Charleston Gazette

WVU men  find shot for now - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Demons an Elixir For Mountaineers - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ball Distribution Leads to Multiple Mountaineers in Double Figures -

DePaul Highlights - Mountaineers TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 82-71 victory over DePaul Saturday at the Coliseum in Morgantown.

Sights And Sounds: Beating The Demons -
West Virginia cruises to an 82-71 Big East win over DePaul on Saturday in Morgantown.

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineers TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about Saturday's 82-71 victory over DePaul at the Coliseum.

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction from WVU's Win Over DePaul -
Huggs, Joe, JFlow, Deniz, Casey, Pepps and Truck

Bob Huggins: DePaul Postgame -
The Mountaineer head coach talks about his team's improved offense against DePaul on Saturday and looks ahead to Syracuse on Monday.

Casey Mitchell: DePaul Postgame -
Mitchell scored 11 points on Saturday against DePaul.

Joe Mazzulla: DePaul Postgame -
Mazzulla talks about West Virginia's offense against DePaul and how they'll have to play differently against Syracuse.

John Flowers: DePaul Postgame -
Flowers scored a team high 15 points against DePaul on Saturday.

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs. DePaul -

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs DePaul - BGN

Photo Gallery IV: WVU vs DePaul - BGN


Pat Forsythe Takes in WVU Game at Coliseum -

Texas Recruiting And Selders - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Naz's Ali overcoming injuries, commits to West Virginia - NY Post
Women's Basketball commit

Around the League (and Beyond):

postGame: Pittsburgh 57 Villanova 54 "The Suckfest" - The Nova Blog

Pitt beats Villanova, earns first win at The Pavilion in 17 years - PPG

Syracuse's rally falls short as Orange loses to Louisville - Post-Standard

Louisville extends streak over Syracuse with 73-69 win - Courier-Journal

St. John's fights off a late Cincinnati rally, defeats the Bearcats 59-57 - Rumble In The Garden

Late UC run not enough to down St. John's - Cincinnati Enquirer

UConn 75, Providence 57: Jamal Coombs-McUnstoppable leads the way - The UConn Blog

#11/11 Georgetown 69, Marquette 60 - Anonymous Eagle

Hoya Destroyas: Georgetown Beats Marquette 69-60, Win 8th Straight Big East Game - Casual Hoya

Seton Hall 69, Rutgers 64, Addition by Subtraction Evens the Turnpike Tussle - South Orange Juice

Seton Hall foils Rutgers 69-64 - On the Banks

Irish warm-up carries over to rout of South Florida - South Bend Tribune

USF men's hoops flat in loss to Notre Dame - Tampa Tribune

Weekly Watch: Week 12 - ESPN

Replacing the Legends -- Schools Follow a Very Predictable Pattern - NCAAFB FanHouse

Urban Meyer thinks college football is full of ‘garbage’ - College Football Talk

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (13) Syracuse Orange - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Dome on ESPN

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This one has advice from some of my favorite people for both sexes:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Romanian singer and model who's done work for Victoria's Secret...after all, nothing says Valentine's Day Hottie like a Vicky's model. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Alina Puscau.

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