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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Backyard Brawl II (2/24/11) Edition

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It's that time again: Backyard Brawl II game-day. Time to get the hate on. I don't know about you, but, there's just something about that team up I79 that brings out the worst in me. I want a win tonight so bad. My blood pressure is already starting to rise and the game is around 11 hours away. I have plenty of game previews and story line features inside for you today. There's also some football news starting to trickle out of the information tap.

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What You May Have Missed:

Mountaineer Report: The Rematch -
West Virginia will try and defend the paint and come away with an upset victory against Pitt Thursday night.

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
Coach Bob Huggins talks about Thursday night's game at Pitt that will be televised nationally on ESPN.

WVU could be in danger of missing NCAA Tourney - Daily Athenaeum
The women, that is

Small College, Big Ideas - MSNsportsNET.Com
Coach Dawson is profiled

Video: Looking for Big East playmakers - Big East Blog - ESPN
Spring preview video

The Big East's best: No. 19 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Tavon Austin, WR

WVU Nets Small Profit From Bowl Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM
$144,750 to be more exact

2011 NFL Combine: Running Back Analysis - College Football News
Noel is listed at #9

WVU DB Brandon Hogan Prepares for NFL Combine -

Watching party planned for WVU-Pitt game - Charleston Daily Mail
Here's one in Charleston. I know there's also one in Martinsburg at the VIP Sports Lounge on Eagle School Road too (not the VIP strip club on Rt. 9, unfortunately). Food drives are being held at both. Feel free to list any other watches in your area in the comments below.

News of Note:

WVU Men's Basketball Game Preview: WVU-PITT -

Jay's Pitt Keys - MSNsportsNET.Com

Preview: Backyard Brawl - BGN

WVU faces Pitt tonight - Register-Herald

Mountaineers get 2nd shot at No. 4 Pitt - Charleston Gazette

West Virginia has another opportunity to upset No. 4 Panthers - Daily Athenaeum

Pitt, West Virginia both seeking redemption in tonight's game - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Top 5: Key Storylines For Tonight's Backyard Brawl - SB Nation Pittsburgh

Do Truck and Joe hold the keys to KJ’s scoring? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Mazzulla may hold key to WVU’s hopes at Pitt - Times West Virginian

WVU takes ‘Zoo’ trips in stride - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Focus on Correction - BGN

Road wins hold special place for Huggins - Charleston Daily Mail

Big East intrigue and WVU's stretch run - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

VIDEO: WVU Men's Basketball Interviews -
Huggs, Joe and Cam

Bob Huggins: Getting Revenge -
Huggins talks about what the Mountaineers need to do if they want to beat Pitt on Thursday night.

Joe Mazzulla: Heading Into The Pete -
Mazzulla talks about how the Panthers defend their home court and what they need to improve on from their last matchup.

Cam Thoroughman: Correcting Mistakes -
The senior forward talks about what the Mountaineers need to do differently if they want to beat the Panthers at the Pete.

Pitt has chance to sweep West Virginia again - PPG

Pitt Basketball: Could Dante Taylor Miss West Virginia Game With Injury? - Cardiac Hill


And It Begins... - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU got it's first football commitment for the recruiting class of 2012 (article includes audio)

Around the League (and Beyond):

Chris Wright Breaks His Hand: Georgetown Loses to Cincinnati 58-46 - Casual Hoya

Bearcats personify Chaos Theory in 58-46 win against Georgetown - Down The Drive

Notre Dame 94 Providence 93: Marshon Brooks Gets The Record, The Irish Get The Win - Rakes Of Mallow

Demonlition! St. John's Red Storm dispatches DePaul, 76-51 - Rumble In The Garden

Blaney Directing Huskies Against Marquette - Hartford Courant
Calhoun Away For Family Funeral

Marquette Bubble Watch February 23 Edition - Anonymous Eagle

Is the sky really falling? -

The Syracuse Basketball Chicken Soup Dance In All Its Glory - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

It's Preston Time - Card Chronicle

Seton Hall Athletics: Pat Lyons Introduced as New Director of Athletics - South Orange Juice

Bulls Beat: Hopkins sprinting to spring football - Tampa Tribune

College Basketball Mailbag - Seth Davis -

Tennessee Volunteers coach Bruce Pearl cited by NCAA for unethical conduct - ESPN

Tennessee Volunteers athletic director Mike Hamilton to blame for NCAA violations regarding Bruce Pearl, Lane Kiffin - ESPN

Blame Tennessee's NCAA infractions on more than Bruce Pearl, Kiffin - Stewart Mandel -

Don DeVoe 'very surprised' by UT's support of Bruce Pearl - GoVolsXtra

Tennessee Makes Special Delivery to NCAA: Lane Kiffin - NCAAFB FanHouse
But they're not bitter, nooooooo...not one bit

USC football: School receives NCAA notice of allegations regarding Lane Kiffin's time at Tennessee - Los Angeles Times

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (6) Pittsburgh Panthers - Preview - ESPN
9:00 tonight from the Pete on ESPN

Marquette Golden Eagles vs. (15) Connecticut Huskies - Preview - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the XLC on ESPN2

Videos of Interest:

Here's a game preview from CBS Sports:

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is on of my favorites of the UK tabloid girls. Here's a 4 pager of Alice Goodwin (click on the picture).

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