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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 Derbes, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

WVU get's the first game on Thursday, but, must still wait to see who the opponent will be. As a result of the new tournament format, the Mountaineers will get the winner of the UAB/Clemson play-in/first round (whatever you want to call it) game on Tuesday. Bracket coverage galore today to go along with a bit of recruiting and football news. Do yourselves a favor and watch the JFlow/Headband saga. I've got it inside as well.

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What You May Have Missed:

Tampa Bound! - MSNsportsNET.Com

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about his team's No. 5 seeding in this year's NCAA tournament and possible matchups against either UAB or Clemson.

Men's Basketball: NCAA Ticket Information - MSNsportsNET.Com

Your handy-dandy first-round NCAA Tournament TV schedule grid - The UConn Blog

A Conversation With Director Luck - MSNsportsNET.Com

Luck makes his case for football playoff - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Alcohol sales at sports events raise questions - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

NCAA president Mark Emmert travels the country highlighting the merits of amateur status for players; others say the current system is unfair and should change - ESPN
Has a table showing which schools' Athletic Departments netted a profit last year

Holgorsen has confidence in his offense - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Ranking the nonconference schedules - Big East Blog - ESPN

Defensive Tackle Julian Miller - Mountaineer TV
Defensive tackle Julian Miller visits with media recently inside Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium.

50 in 50: Robert Sands - SS - West Virginia (4 of 50) - Niners Nation

Rifle Takes Second at NCAAs - MSNsportsNET.Com
By only 3 points....Congratulations to the Rifle Team for a GREAT showing, regardless of the result!!

News of Note:

East Region analysis: Depth will be on display - Sporting News

Looking at the First Four - Sporting News

Video: East Region - ESPN

Final Thoughts on WVU Heading Into the NCAA Tournament -

WVU gets No. 5 seed, faces UAB-Clemson winner - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU Men's Basketball Earns 5th Seed in NCAA Tournament -

UAB Or Clemson For Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video, article and small gallery

Know Your Foe - BGN

Mountaineers' opponent TBD in new format - PPG

Solid Seed - BGN

High-five for West Virginia - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

WVU will meet Clemson or UAB - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU earns No. 5 seed in NCAAs - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers earn a 5-seed in East Regional of NCAA Tournament - Daily Athenaeum

For WVU, success has been fleeting - Charleston Gazette
Does West Virginia's basketball team this season have trouble living with success?

WVU off to NCAA Tournament, Marshall is snubbed - Charleston Daily Mail

March to madness - Times West Virginian
WVU nabs No. 5 seed, to play Clemson-UAB winner Thursday

Huggins and Calipari May Meet in WVU-Kentucky Rematch -

West Virginia Basketball Season Successful Despite Problems -

From the Cheap Seats: A Fan's Perspective -

NCAA Selection Sights and Sounds - Mountaineer TV
Player reaction to be selected as a 5 seed in this year's NCAA tournament.

VIDEO: WVU NCAA Selection Sunday Interviews -
Joe, Jonnie, JFlow and KJ

Cam Thoroughman, John Flowers and Truck Bryant - Mountaineer TV
Cam Thoroughman, John Flowers and Truck Bryant talk about WVU being a No. 5 seed and what they expect to see out of either UAB or Clemson.

Joe Mazzulla and Kevin Jones - Mountaineer TV
Joe Mazzulla and Kevin Jones talk about what the team needs to do to win games and what they expect out of UAB or Clemson.

A Chat with WVU Radio Analyst Jay Jacobs -

WVU Men's Basketball Player Profile: Craig Carey -

Referees must call every foul - Martinsburg Journal
Right on time, Mick


WVU Signee Aaron Brown Ready for State Tournament -

Men's Basketball: Phillip Jurick - WVMETRONEWS.COM

The New Face of High School Football Recruiting - NY Times

WVU DL Commit Imarjaye Albury Excited by Mountaineers -

Around the League (and Beyond):

Men's Basketball: Big East Gets 11 in Dance - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big East dominates field - Parkersburg News and Sentinel (AP)

UConn gets NCAA 3 seed, Bucknell in first round - The UConn Blog

Five days later, Huskies on top of the world - The UConn Blog
Congrats to Kemba and the Huskies....good show

Pitino, Jennings, Marra talk about UConn loss - Card Chronicle

NCAA Tournament: Syracuse is A 3-Seed, Will Open In Cleveland Against Indiana State - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Bearcats Get 6 Seed, Draw Missouri - Down The Drive

NCAA Tournament seed set: St. John's basketball a 6 seed, playing Gonzaga in Denver; Brigham Young on deck - Rumble In The Garden

Selection Sunday: The Brackets Are Released, Villanova Is A 9-Seed Playing George Mason - The Nova Blog

Notre Dame A Two Seed in Southwest, Faces Akron in the First Round - Rakes Of Mallow

Is This Pitt's Best Final Four Chance? - Cardiac Hill

After three seasons, Keno Davis ousted at Providence - Star Ledger

Rejuvenated St. John's gives conference a boost, but a Big East TV network remains unlikely - NY Daily News

Joe Lunardi's Insider Bracket Guide - ESPN
Anybody can see this page, but to see the actual simulations, you must be an "Insider"

Picking An NCAA Tournament Bracket With Pythag And Log5 - Rocky Top Talk

Must Read/Watch:

John Flowers and Headband: The Real Story -
Here's the article...

And here's the video:

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Just wanted to post these and get them out of the system while they are still somewhat relevant:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from Kazakhstan (insert your own obligatory "sexy time" joke here). Here's a lovely gallery of Tatiana Zavialova.

Derbes image via