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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (2/9/11) Edition

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What You May Have Missed:

Big East schedule balances for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

Deniz Kilicli Finding His Stroke on Offense -

Where does WVU go from here? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Think WVU Is in Trouble? Imagine Life Without Kevin Jones - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

2011 Women's College Basketball Rankings and Polls for Week 14 - ESPN
#17 AP and #19 Coaches

Big East spring practice dates - Big East Blog - ESPN
West Virginia: Begins practice March 28. Spring game is April 29.

New assistants forced to make quick transition - Daily Athenaeum

Football: BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team - MSNsportsNET.Com

Stewart speaks at NFL Hall - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Pat McAfee Does a Special Thing for a 9-Year-Old - WVU Pros

UConn Hangover:

Huskies get 23rd straight win vs. Mountaineers - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

Mountaineers Drop Close Contest - MSNsportsNET.Com

Mountaineers come up short vs. No. 2 UConn - Charleston Daily Mail

UConn survives at WVU, 57-51 - Times West Virginian
Carey: Not a moral victory for Mountaineers

Mountaineers mortals against a superpower - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Too much Moore - Charleston Gazette
Connecticut All-America leads UConn to 57-51 win over WVU

Close not enough for West Virginia women vs. UConn - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

No. 17 Mountaineers can’t maintain halftime lead, fall to UConn 57-51 - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineers can take positives out of defeat - Daily Athenaeum

WVU proved a lot in loss - Daily Athenaeum

UConn Women Hold Off Stubborn West Virginia, 57-51 - Hartford Courant

UConn Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's women's game against second-ranked Connecticut Tuesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU Women's Basketball Recap: #2 UCONN 57 #17 WVU 51 -

Loss to Huskies is Reality Check for Struggling Mountaineers -

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction from WVU's Loss to UConn -
Coach C, Repella and Ali

Around the League (and Beyond):

Villanova Releases Pro/Con Football Upgrade Video - The Nova Blog

Big East weekly efficiency margins, 2-8-11 - Rumble In The Garden

Syracuse v. Georgetown: Rivalry Transcends Superstars - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Because we are men of our word: Welcome to Syracuse Love Day - The UConn Blog
They lost a bet

Pitt's Dixon doing more with less - PPG

Louisville basketball faces big challenge at Notre Dame - Courier-Journal

A Notre Dame/Louisville Preview, Courtesy of WilfordBrimley - Rakes Of Mallow

Previewing Villanova: Rutgers Basketball Game 24 - On the Banks

The Inquisition: Exploring the South Florida Hex With Voodoo Five - Anonymous Eagle

Yancy Gates admits to mistakes but status still in doubt - Cincinnati Enquirer

Forde Minutes: Bubble begins to take shape - ESPN

Hoop Thoughts - Seth Davis -

What's On Tap:

(11) Georgetown Hoyas vs. (13) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Dome on ESPN

(15) Louisville Cardinals vs. (7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
7:00 tonight from the Joyce on ESPNU

(10) Villanova Wildcats vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
8:00 tonight from the LBAC on the Big East Network (incl. MASN & SNY) and ESPN3

Videos of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

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