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The Shotgun/Throwdown: UConn Hangover (1/10/12) Edition

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The Mountaineers let one slip away last night. Yes, a blown call near the end facilitated it, but WVU should have never let themselves get into that position. A ten point lead evaporated. You can't do that in the Big East if you want to win, especially on the road. Complete coverage is inside.

We also have some more on the football team, who just welcomed 5 new members yesterday. Several awards were garnered and the final rankings were released, including a curious (yet, not unexpected, based on history) development in the coach's poll. All of this and more...

UConn Hangover:

Jeremy Lamb scores 25 points as UConn overcomes 10-point halftime deficit - ESPN
Recap, stats, video, photos, etc

Connecticut 64, West Virginia 57 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Jeremy Lamb scored 25 points and freshman Andre Drummond added 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead Connecticut to a 64-57 victory over West Virginia Monday night at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

Huskies Rally to Keep WVU Winless at UConn - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and audio of Huggs post-game

Lamb, Huskies overcome deficit to drop Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia did just about all of the things here Monday night that a visiting basketball team needs to do if it wants to beat Connecticut on one of its home floors.

Men's Basketball: West Virginia Falls to Connecticut in Close On - WVillustrated
West Virginia was 0-8 on the road against Connecticut before Monday night's contest. The Mountaineers are now 0-9.

Huskies Win It - BGN
Up by 10 points midway through the second half, West Virginia looked as if it would give No. 16 Connecticut its third straight loss.

UConn holds off WVU 64-57 - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia had every opportunity to make it two wins in a row over Top 25 teams Monday night. In the end, though, the Mountaineers couldn't handle success.

Drummond, Lamb lead No. 16 UConn past West Virginia 64-57 - Daily Athenaeum
With more than 11 minutes to play, it looked like the West Virginia men’s basketball team was well on its way to upsetting its second-straight ranked team.

Huskies Beat West Virginia, 64-57 - Hartford Courant
It took two games, and nearly three-quarters into a third. It took a home crowd to get into a game like no UConn crowd has done this season. It took the coach to get a technical. It took some pressure defense.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Mountaineers fall to the UConn Huskies, a Mountaineer coach and player are honored for their accomplishments and five football recruits have enrolled early to take part in spring drills.

2011 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 1 - ESPN
Finish at #17 AP and #18 Coaches (behind VT, btw....WTF?!?!!?)

NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN
Receiving votes now

Conference power rankings: Big East - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
#3 in the conference right now

Bracketology - NCAA College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN
#7 Midwest and on the rise

Men's Basketball: Big East Honors Bryant - MSNsportsNET.Com
For the second time this season, West Virginia’s Darryl "Truck" Bryant has been named Big East player of the week, the conference announced earlier today.

2012 College Football Preseason Top 25 -
Here's your first way-too-early poll

Never-too-early look at 2012's top college football teams - USA Today
...and another

VSR: Burnett Named Athlete of the Week - MSNsportsNET.Com
This week's Varsity Sports Report

WVU Pros NFL Wildcard Recap and a Look Ahead - WVU Pros
A rundown of the two Wildcard NFL Playoff games featuring former West Virginia Mountaineers and a look ahead to the off-season.

News of Note:

Luck made right choice with Holgorsen - Daily Athenaeum
Boy, did that decision pay off! Holgorsen brought in an exciting offense, based on a system of complex passing, but was able to break it down for the players to a science.

Big games overshadow team performance in Orange Bowl - Daily Athenaeum
"The offensive line did a great job of moving our guys off the ball," Smith said.

Football: Holgorsen Honored by FWAA - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia's first-year coach Dana Holgorsen claimed the first-year coaching honors after his Mountaineers won the Big East Conference championship and finished with a 10-3 record after routing Clemson, 70-33, in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Football: Several Make ECAC All-Star Team - MSNsportsNET.Com
Geno, Tavon, Tandy and Garrison are honored

Football: Orange Bowl Trophy Photo Op - MSNsportsNET.Com
Details on getting your picture with the trophy before the Rutgers basketball game

Austin return good news for WVU - Register-Herald
Austin ranks sixth nationally in punt returns, eighth in receptions per game, 21st in kick returns and 24th in reception yards per game.


Football Announces Roster Additions - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that five players have enrolled in school for the spring 2012 semester.

Spring Additions - BGN
More on the five recruits who have enrolled early

Childress to enroll at WVU for spring - Times West Virginian
Childress is a 6-4, 210-pound quarterback out of Houston’s Kindaid High School, which he led to a 20-1 record the past two seasons.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Youthful core could make Connecticut dangerous come March -

Cincinnati Bearcats 68 #11 Georgetown Hoyas 64 | Welcome To The Unfathomable - Down The Drive

A Tall Order: Coach Pitino looking to Louisville basketball's big men for scoring help - Courier-Journal

St. John's lands point guard Jamal Branch, Texas A&M transfer - Rumble In The Garden

Pitt Basketball: Former Panther Khem Birch Headed To UNLV - Cardiac Hill

What's On Tap:

Mountaineers Set to Host Seton Hall - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team has learned a lot about itself during the last two games, all of which will be taken into perspective as the team prepares to host Seton Hall at the Coliseum on Tuesday night in a 7 p.m. tip.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Kenny is back and in the West Virginia Riviera:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Colombian model Catalina Otalvaro. Click on her picture for today's gallery.

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