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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (2/23/11) Edition

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Another game and another loss by the WVU women, who have struggled mightily to get W's this year against what most consider solid competition. Plenty of coverage of last night's loss is inside, for what it's worth. On the other side of the gender coin, the men are in preparation for their second edition of the Backyard Brawl tomorrow. There's also more on the scheduling of Kansas State next year and news of the Basketball Practice Facility. Of course the biggest news is from around the league with the (light?) penalty handed down to UConn, and more specifically Jim Calhoun.

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What You May Have Missed:

10 Big East wins should get WVU in NCAA - Charleston Gazette

College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN
Listed as "should be in" here

Practice facility expected to be completed by December - Daily Athenaeum

WVU to Play Kansas State Next Season -

Huggins: WVU to face Kansas State - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU basketball: Bryant, Mazzulla open up offense - Charleston Daily Mail

Guarding the unpredictable WVU - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Quitting not option for West - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins Flirted With NBA Jobs -

Pitt Game Notes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Questionable Calls: February 23, 2011 - Daily Athenaeum
Who is the most overrated athlete at West Virginia?

Big East spring preview - Big East Blog - ESPN

Legends Movement With Moussa, Joe & Sean -
D-League report on Joe Alexander's team

West Virginia Fan Makes 'Life-Changing' Trip -
Prepare to have your heart strings pulled

Women's Irish Hangover:

Natalie Novosel has 22 points as ND continues to dominate W. Virginia - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

WVU Offense Struggles in Loss - MSNsportsNET.Com

ND extends WVU women's misery - Charleston Gazette

Women's Basketball Recap: Notre Dame 72 West Virginia 60 -

‘Time is running out’ - Times West Virginian
Notre Dame women strong inside to down Mountaineers

Irish shoot 57 percent from the field to drop WVU to 10th in Big East standings - Daily Athenaeum

WVU struggles to stop ND’s offense - Daily Athenaeum

Struggling WVU needs help - Daily Athenaeum

Notre Dame Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 72-60 loss to Notre Dame Tuesday night in Morgantown.

Notre Dame Postgame - Mountaineer TV
Postgame reaction following West Virginia's 72-60 loss to Notre Dame Tuesday at the Coliseum.

Sights And Sounds: Those Fightin' Irish -
The womens' basketball team loses their fourth out of five games.

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction from the WVU Women's Basketball Loss to Notre Dame -
Coach C, Madina Ali and Sarah Miles

@Tony Dobies - Twitter
The #WVU women's basketball team has an 0-6 record vs. teams in the top 35 of the RPI. The Mountaineers are 21-1 vs. other teams. - Pretty much says it all for this year

Senior Sarah Miles - Mountaineer TV
Mountaineer Jammin' feature on senior women's basketball player Sarah Miles.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Calhoun, Hathaway, Austin respond to NCAA ruling - The UConn Blog

More than just three games for Jim Calhoun - ESPN

Jim Calhoun is either lying or incompetent - On the Banks

UConn's recruiting penalties are survivable - ESPN

NCAA Gives UConn, Calhoun a Love Tap, Garden Party - NCAABB FanHouse

Louisville defense throttles Rutgers 55-37 - Courier-Journal

Sloppiness, non-existent offense dooms Rutgers in 55-37 rout by No. 16 Louisville - Star Ledger

Jimmy B, Maybe It's Time To Stop Talking For A While, Champ - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

State Of The Hoyas: Hail To The Seniors - Casual Hoya

Cincinnati Bearcats look to stamp NCAA ticket against Georgetown - Cincinnati Enquirer

Seton Hall hires Iona AD Pat Lyons as school's new athletic director - Star Ledger

5 questions with Chicago College Basketball - Rumble In The Garden

Villanova Is Struggling, How Do We Fix It? - The Nova Blog

Marquette Bubble Watch February 22 Edition - Anonymous Eagle

Irish have reason to fret over Providence - South Bend Tribune

Pitt mired in scoring slump - PPG

Pitt Basketball: Panthers Set To Brawl Again With West Virginia - Cardiac Hill

Pitt feeling like home for Calvin Magee - ESPN
Not much I can say that hasn't already been said

Examining chaos at top of polls - Forde Minutes - ESPN

Sources: Tennessee receives notice of allegations - ESPN

What's On Tap:

(9) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Providence Friars - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Dunking Donuts Center on MASN and ESPN3

DePaul Blue Demons vs. (25) St. John's Red Storm - ESPN
7:00 tonight from Carnesecca Arena on MSG+ and ESPN3

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. (11) Georgetown Hoyas - Preview - ESPN
9:00 tonight from the Phone Booth on MASN and ESPN3

Videos of Interest:

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

I call BS on this, but it looks cool:

It's Hump Day and we love Kelly, so...

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Belorussian model Maryna Linchuk. Her gallery is linked through the picture.


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