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The Shotgun/Throwdown: 2011 NCAA Tournament Round of 64, Day 2 (3/18/11) Edition

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So...Dalton Pepper, where did that come from? Anyway, we're all glad he was able to do it, obviously. The game with Kentucky has been officially set to tip at 12:15 tomorrow. As you're probably well aware, the Big East took two fairly big hits yesterday and at least one more will come tomorrow when Cinci and UConn face each other. Full coverage of the Mountaineer win is inside, along with coverage of the football Pro-Day yesterday, some random bits and a preview of the Women's NCAA Tournament game against Houston. I've got your usual Friday fun too. PROGRAMMING NOTE: THERE WILL BE ANOTHER SHOTGUN/THROWDOWN POSTING TOMORROW.

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What You May Have Missed:

2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket - ESPN
Updated bracket with Thursday's Results

West Virginia Bob Huggins makes fashion statement with tracksuit - Steve Rushin -
"Like Belichick, Huggins has more important things to worry about than fashion" - Best comparison I've heard

Huggins, Calipari meeting again - Charleston Gazette

East Region Notebook: Kentucky's Calipari calls freshman Knight - PPG
West Virginia is 25-23 in NCAA tournament games and 7-3 in the NCAA tournament under Bob Huggins.

Houston scoring trio will test Mountaineers early - Daily Athenaeum
Carey: Defense needs to change attitude if team wants a deep run in tournament

Who missed out on the Top 25 list? - Big East Blog - ESPN

2011 WVU Football Pro Day -

WVU players have sights on NFL - Times West Virginian
Pro Day workouts held in Morgantown

West Virginia’s NFL hopefuls not worried by lockout - Daily Athenaeum

The Worst Sports Fans in America - GQ
WVU checks in at #3 and the top (bottom?) of the college representatives (love the pic for LSU at #10, btw)

NCAA Campus Roar - Nike Basketball
Facebook app, for those who are interested

Clemson Hangover:

Darryl Bryant, Kevin Jones help West Virginia shake off slow start - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Pepper Steals The Show - MSNsportsNET.Com

Pepper’s steals turned momentum for WVU - Daily Athenaeum

Mountaineers Maul Tigers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery, audio from Huggs and videos of the post-game pressers

Rapid Reaction: WVU 84, Clemson 76 - ESPN

Mountaineers down Clemson, advance in NCAA tourney - Charleston Gazette

WVU notebook: Strong finish to first half ignited Mountaineers' comeback victory - Charleston Gazette

WVU rallies, avoids upset against Clemson - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU Men's Basketball Game Recap: WVU 84 Clemson 76 -

West Virginia downs weary Clemson - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Toughness turned Tigers away - Daily Athenaeum

WVU advances with win over Clemson, 84-76 - PPG

Tigers Fall to Moutaineers - Shakin The Southland

West Virgina Press Conference - BGN
Comments from West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins and players Dalton Pepper, Joe Mazzulla, Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant following the Mountaineers' 84-76 win over Clemson in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Moving On - BGN

PoG: WVU vs Clemson - BGN

Pepper comes out of his shell - Charleston Gazette

A dash of Pepper - Charleston Gazette
Steals clinch Mountaineers' 84-76 win over Clemson

Sophomore’s three straight steals seal WVU’s NCAA win over Tigers - Daily Athenaeum

Steals seal deal - Times West Virginian
Pepper’s late thefts key WVU victory

Pepper's defense had significant role - Charleston Daily Mail

Odd couple team up in WVU victory - Times West Virginian
Dalton and Deniz

MSN Postgame Report - Mountaineer TV
MSN's Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs review West Virginia's 84-76 victory over Clemson Thursday afternoon in Tampa, Fla.

Clemson Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 84-76 victory over Clemson Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. Courtesy Big East Conference.

VIDEO: Postgame Reaction to WVU's Win Over Clemson -
Huggs, Truck, KJ, JFlow, Joe, Cam and Deniz

WVU Basketball Photos: WVU vs Clemson -

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Clemson - BGN

Photo Gallery: Pepper's Plays - BGN

Around the League (and Beyond):

Morehead State stuns Louisville basketball 62-61 in NCAA Tournament - Courier-Journal

Pitt stumbles early then rolls to win - PPG
74-51...alas, my perfect day was not to be (not my bracket, mind the least)

No. 6 seed Cincinnati Bearcats top No. 11 Missouri 78-63 - Cincinnati Enquirer

UConn Routs Bucknell In NCAA Opener; Cincinnati Next - Hartford Courant

Denver dashed: St. John's loses, 86-71 to Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament - Rumble In The Garden

Syracuse out to thwart Indiana State with its 2-3 zone defense - Post Standard

Syracuse Vs. Indiana State: I Give You...The Sycamore Rock - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Coach's Corner: A Preview Of Georgetown v. Virginia Commonwealth - Casual Hoya

Brey's squad free to zip past Akron - South Bend Tribune

NCAA Tournament's 'One Shining Moment' Should Be Destroyed: A Tribute, Really -

Jim Tressel's suspension increase was nothing more than PR - Andy Staples -

What's On Tap:

2011 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament (all times listed are EDT)

(13) Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs. (4) Texas Longhorns - Preview - ESPN
12:15 from Tulsa on CBS

(9) Tennessee Volunteers vs. (8) Michigan Wolverines - Preview - ESPN
12:40 from Charlotte on truTV

(15) Akron Zips vs. (2) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Preview - ESPN
1:40 from Chicago on TBS

(9) Villanova Wildcats vs. (8) George Mason Patriots - Preview - ESPN
2:10 from Cleveland on TNT

(12) Memphis Tigers vs. (5) Arizona Wildcats - Preview - ESPN
2:45 from Tulsa on CBS

(16) Hampton Pirates vs. (1) Duke Blue Devils - Preview - ESPN
3:10 from Charlotte on truTV

(10) Florida State Seminoles vs. (7) Texas A&M Aggies - Preview - ESPN
4:10 from Chicago on TBS

(16) UT-San Antonio Roadrunners vs. (1) Ohio State Buckeyes - Preview - ESPN
4:40 from Cleveland on TNT

(16) Boston University Terriers vs. (1) Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
6:50 from Tulsa on TBS

(15) Long Island Blackbirds vs. (2) North Carolina Tar Heels - Preview - ESPN
7:15 from Charlotte on CBS

(14) St. Peter's Peacocks vs. (3) Purdue Boilermakers - Preview - ESPN
7:20 from Chicago on TNT

(11) Marquette Golden Eagles vs. (6) Xavier Musketeers - Preview - ESPN
7:27 from Cleveland on truTV

(9) Illinois Fighting Illini vs. (8) UNLV Rebels - Preview - ESPN
9:20 from Tulsa on TBS

(10) Georgia Bulldogs vs. (7) Washington Huskies - Preview - ESPN
9:45 from Charlotte on CBS

(11) Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. (6) Georgetown Hoyas - Preview - ESPN
9:50 from Chicago on TNT

(14) Indiana State Sycamores vs. (3) Syracuse Orange - Preview - ESPN
9:57 from Cleveland on truTV

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Fake movie trailer of the week:

Banned Australian commercial of the week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown stays with the Australian theme. Here's 4 pages of Siobhan Parekh (click on the picture).

Hot Pepper Ale image via