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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (2/16/11) 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 Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

These Monday/Saturday game weeks make for a somewhat slow period in between. You know it's slow when the biggest news in WVU sports today is about Mickey Furfari getting elected to the Basketball Writer's Hall of Fame. Many congratulations to Mickey, by the way. It's a well deserved honor for his life's work (despite his recent rants). There are several bits from WVU's sports campus though, including a couple features on two of the new football staff. With the lack of news, I tried to make it up to you with the recurrance of an old feature that always seemed to please (the timing couldn't have been much better).

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What You May Have Missed:

Gillespie: Playmakers Play - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Defensive Line Expected to Maintain Excellence -

Decision to leave Arizona for WVU wasn’t simple for Bedenbaugh - Daily Athenaeum

Men's Basketball: Furfari Picked for Writers Hall - MSNsportsNET.Com

Sportsline: Mickey Furfari On Hall Of Fame - WVMETRONEWS.COM

News of Note:

College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN

WVU fine if form holds - Charleston Gazette

Inside game taking lumps - Charleston Gazette

Inconsistent WVU running out of time - Charleston Daily Mail

Who are these guys? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Shooting woes keep haunting Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Big East efficiency margins, 2-15-11: a look at the end of the Big East season - Rumble In The Garden


2012 Prospect Cyrus Jones Ready for Trip to WVU -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Names of regional sites again changed for NCAA basketball tournament - USA Today

postGame: Villanova 60 Seton Hall 57 - The Nova Blog

Final - Villanova 60, Seton Hall 57 - Death By (lack of) Execution - South Orange Juice

High in the sky: St. John's beats the Marquette Golden Eagles, 80-68 - Rumble In The Garden

Good Night, and Good Luck: St. John's 80, Marquette 68 - Anonymous Eagle

UC gets new shot at signature win - Cincinnati Enquirer

Louisville basketball ready for beefy Cincinnati - Courier-Journal

South Florida-Pittsburgh men's basketball preview - Tampa Tribune

Pitt starting to look like a No. 1 seed - PPG
...not that these guys are biased or anything

What Mike Rice has Done Right, Part 2: Establishing an Identity - On the Banks
Rutgers basketball, turning the corner since 2010

On Jim Boeheim's Press Conference - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Forde Minutes - ESPN

What's On Tap:

(9) Georgetown Hoyas vs. (12) Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the XL Center on MASN and ESPN3

(16) Louisville Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from 7/8ths Arena on ESPN

South Florida Bulls vs. (4) Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Pete on ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I don't watch anymore but, here's the best to ever work the microphone (Part II is HERE):

This Week in Bodypainting:

Choose your fate:

Option I - Click on the picture to go to Brobible for just the pictures


Option II - Click HERE for the official/main SI site which includes video

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Scottish babe Britta Benedetto. Click on her pic for the gallery.

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