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The Shotgun/Throwdown: 2011 NCAA Tournament First Four, Part II (3/16/11) Edition

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It only took an extra couple days, but WVU now knows that it's first round opponent is Clemson, who dispatched UAB with a fair amount of ease last night. The Mountaineers have already arrived in Tampa and have begun preparation for tomorrow's game. Tonight is the second set of First Four games which will whittle the tournament field down to the standard 64 we all know and love.

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What You May Have Missed:

Jerai Grant's career night leads Clemson to 2nd round match vs. West Virginia - ESPN

And so it is: WVU v. Clemson - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza


WVU AD Oliver Luck Discusses the NCAA Tournament -

Dunning’s improvement seen as West Virginia’s season progresses - Daily Athenaeum
For West Virginia women's basketball redshirt sophomore Ayana Dunning, this season couldn't get here quick enough.

Comparing football, basketball revenues - Big East Blog - ESPN

O'Hara enjoyed career - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column - this one actually IS right on time...I was just asking Dad about Woody the other day

News of Note:

Bob Huggins' Quotes -
Not ism's (unfortunately), but quotes from yesterday

Huggins: Small Margin of Error - MSNsportsNET.Com

Huggins and Outs - BGN

WVU's 'focus on us' - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers' preparation altered by play-in game

If all things go right, maybe, just maybe . . . - Charleston Gazette

Questionable Calls: March 16, 2011 - Daily Athenaeum
How far will WVU advance in the NCAA Tournament?

UConn dispels multi-game 'tired legs' theory - Charleston Gazette
WVU's Huggins among first to feel effects of bloated NCAA tourney field

Mountaineers are healthier heading into NCAA Tourney - Daily Athenaeum

WVU notebook: Rematch with Kentucky could be in the offing - Charleston Gazette

WVU has a different feeling about NCAA Tournament this year - Charleston Daily Mail

Poor practices cause of concern for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

As Mazzulla goes, so go Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Tampa bar home away from home for WVU fans - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers Head To Tampa - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Includes audio of Huggs' teleconference

The Mountaineers Arrive in Tampa - Mountaineer TV
Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs discuss the team's preparation as the Mountaineers arrive in Tampa for the 2011 NCAA tournament.

2011 NCAA Tournament East Region Capsules Featuring Ohio State -

Breaking down the NCAA tournament field region by region - Seth Davis -

East Region Preview: Big Names, Bigger Competition - Searching for Billy Edelin


Reports: NCAA probing scout's ties to LSU recruit - ESPN

Around the League (and Beyond):

Among Tourney Teams, UConn Finishes Near Bottom In Academic Performance - Hartford Courant
So, Jim Calhoun has this going for him too...which is nice

UConn Needs Alex Oriakhi To Play Strong Up Front - Hartford Courant

Missouri will pressure; Will Cincinnati? - Cincinnati Enquirer

Talking Georgetown Basketball with Former President Bill Clinton - Casual Hoya
I must admit, I'm impressed

Morehead's Tyndall hopes to pull an inside job against Louisville basketball - Courier-Journal

The Burn is Offensive -

Syracuse's Scoop Jardine: Why can't we win six games in NCAA Tournament? - Post Standard

Irish [ed.] opponent Akron Zips transcend mediocre start - South Bend Tribune

NCAA Bracket: Pitt To Face UNC Asheville On Thursday - Cardiac Hill

Pressure is on Jamie Dixon - PPG

Catch the Buzz on who OU's next coach should be - Tulsa World
Buzz Williams, currently of Marquette, that is

Bulls Beat: USF learns lessons from Big East win - Tampa Tribune

Rutgers football team in a position to experiment - Star Ledger

Presidential Bracket Sneak Preview - ESPN Video
Spoiler: He picks the bad guys up I79

Marshall bounced by Ohio - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
How's that NCAA AND NIT "snub" looking now?

What's On Tap:

(16) Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners vs. (16) Alabama State Hornets - Preview - ESPN
6:30 tonight from Dayton on truTV

(11) Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. (11) USC Trojans - Preview - ESPN
9:00 tonight from Dayton on truTV

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here's the follow-up to Jimmy's Hottie Body Humpilates promotion:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a native of Puyallup, Washington. Today's gallery (click on the picture) is Miss Cassie Cutler.

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