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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Backyard Brawl (2/7/11) Edition


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That's right,'s time for the Backyard Brawl:  Men's Basketball Edition.  Time, once again, to get your full fledged hate on.  I'm extra excited because this will be the first non-exhibition basketball game I've seen in person since Huggs came home.  It should be a raucous crowd, as usual for the Brawl.  Tidbit from their side:  Pitt looks to be without at least one player, perhaps two, tonight.  There's plenty of previews inside, as well as your usual smattering from around the WVU campus.  Please take note of the traffic adjustments (linked info inside) if you're going tonight.

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What You May Have Missed:

Men's Basketball: Big Monday Traffic Adjustments - MSNsportsNET.Com

Advance Ticket Options for the WVU-Connecticut Game - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Coach Bob Huggins Talks Super Bowl -

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Women's basketball coach Mike Carey talks about his team's performance on Saturday.

Mountaineers need the fight - Daily Athenaeum
Liz Repella had to hold back tears at the podium following No. 14 West Virginia's 60-53 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday.

WVU Men's Basketball Game Preview: #25 WVU vs. #4 PITT -

Preview: Backyard Brawl - BGN

WVU hosts No. 4 Pitt at critical time - Times West Virginian

Backyard Brawl rekindles tonight - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Men host No. 4 Pittsburgh - Daily Athenaeum

'82 Brawl Trilogy Most Heated - MSNsportsNET.Com

Installing New Offense Starts Now - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Rejecting Florida offer not an easy choice for Gillespie - Daily Athenaeum
Holgorsen one of main reasons why he’s still at WVU

Board doesn’t control WVU coaches' salaries - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey....LET IT GO

Butler, Amedro share Hardman Award - Times West Virginian


News of Note:

Huggins: Mountaineers not wearing down - Charleston Gazette

Huggins deals with hand he’s been dealt - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU Men's Basketball Team Slips Into Major Shooting Slump -

For Mountaineers, there's no time to dwell - Charleston Gazette

Offense has been a concern for No. 25 WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

Defense and Rebounding Only Takes WVU Basketball So Far -

From the Cheap Seats: 2/4 -

Deniz Kilicli: Guitar Hero -
The video is highly entertaining, btw

WVU Men's Basketball Player Profile: Cam Thoroughman -

VIDEO: Backyard Brawl Special Interviews -



WVU Football Team Report: 2011 Recruiting Class Special -

Recruiting 2011: Big East Team Rankings - College Football News

How Were The Super Bowl Players Ranked As Recruits? - HolyTurf


Around the League (and Beyond):

Panthers face rival without Gibbs - PPG
Dante Taylor may be out as well

No. 4 Pitt defeats Cincinnati, 71-59 - PPG

Cronin suspends Yancy Gates for violating team rules - Cincinnati Enquirer

UConn 61, Seton Hall 59: Here are some thoughts from a man who did not watch the game - The UConn Blog

Final - UConn 61, Seton Hall 59, Second Half Drought Cements Pirates Collapse - South Orange Juice

Notre Dame men's basketball: Seniors lead the way over Rutgers - South Bend Tribune

Rutgers falls to Notre Dame 76-69 - On the Banks

Rock Bottom: Syracuse 72, USF 49 - Voodoo Five

Rick Jackson powers SU to a 72-49 defeat of South Florida - Post Standard

No Hollywood ending: St. John's loses 66-59 to UCLA Bruins - Rumble In The Garden

Six In A Row: Georgetown Escapes With An 83-81 Win Over Providence - Casual Hoya

College football's Way-Too-Early 2011 Top 25, Take 2 - ESPN
I really wish I could call him an Ignorant Slut here, but I can't

Decoding Nick Saban's defense of oversigning, grayshirting - Stewart Mandel -


What's On Tap:

(4) Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Coliseum on ESPN


Videos of Interest:


Videos of (Dis)Interest:


Smartest.  Parrot.  EVER.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Australian model Kate Upton.  Click on her picture for today's gallery.