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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Capital Classic Hangover (1/19/12) Edition

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Today we have complete coverage of the Mountaineer victory last night in the Capital Classic to go along with several looks back at different areas of varying interest from the football season. There's also an interview with new Mountaineer defensive coach Mike Smith and some injury updates. All of this and more...

Capital Classic Hangover:

West Virginia 78, Marshall 62 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

WVU Rolls in Charleston - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia’s 16-point victory snaps a trend of close games that has seen 11 of the last 13 meetings decided by single digits, including two overtime contests.

WVU thunders past Herd - Charleston Daily Mail
The margin of victory - 16 points - is the most lopsided of any contest in the intrastate series played in Charleston.

Capital Classic Game Recap - WVillustrated
Kevin Jones led four Mountaineers in double figures and West Virginia defeated Marshall 78-62 on Wednesday night in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic at the Charleston Civic Center.

Classic crusher - Charleston Gazette
WVU bangs the boards, takes out Herd 78-62

Sprained ankle sidelined Kilicli, didn't slow down WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
In his first career start, the 6-foot-10 Noreen played a career-high 29 minutes, scoring six points to go with five rebounds.

Kevin Noreen Makes Most of First WVU Start - WVillustrated
In Kilicli's absence, redshirt freshman steps up and delivers quality minutes for the Mountaineers.

No Disaster For WVU - BGN
Senior forward Kevin Jones recorded his fourth straight 20-point game. He finished with 25 points and seven rebounds to lead the Mountaineers.

Marshall couldn't keep up with Jones - Charleston Daily Mail
Jones, a 6-foot-8 senior, has become so reliable that the kind of game he had in the Capital Classic on Wednesday night has become the expected.

Feature article and video

Jones carries WVU in win over Marshall - Daily Athenaeum
"We were making shots," Jones said. "Truck hit a big shot going into halftime and I think that gave us a lot of momentum."

WVU played much better after spirited surge - Charleston Daily Mail
"They're a very opportunistic team and when they see they've got you down, they try to keep you down," senior Kevin Jones said. "I think that's what teams should do. Once we got a chance to do that to them, that's what we did."

Hinds helps WVU rise while Herd wilts - Charleston Gazette
Many times with four freshmen on the floor, WVU outmaneuvered Marshall, finishing with a very impressive 37-27 rebounding advantage.

Second-half malaise sinks Thundering Herd - Charleston Gazette
All told, the Herd was outscored 48-32 in the second half, coming out of a halftime tied at 30.

WVU wins Capital Classic - Register-Herald
With just over a minute to go in the game, and West Virginia University holding a 17-point lead, Mountaineer fans began chanting "This is our state!"

WVU turns tables on Marshall - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Jones, Bryant step up after last year’s defeat

Mountaineers dominate second half in 78-62 win over Marshall - Times West Virginian
"It felt good," Bryant would admit in the bowels of the Civic Center later. "I just wanted to go out in style."

West Virginia uses strong second half to defeat Marshall 78-62 in the annual Capital Classic - Daily Athenaeum
Tied at 30 at halftime, West Virginia made an early 10-0 run to open up a 44-37 lead with 13:16 remaining.

Men's Basketball Interviews Following Win Over Marshall - WVillustrated
Hinds, Truck, Browne, Huggs, Noreen and KJ

Video: Marshall Postgame - BGN
Huggs post-game presser, Hinds, Browne and Truck

VIDEO: Marshall Game Interviews - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Huggs, Noreen, Browne, KJ and Hinds

PHOTO GALLERY: 2012 Capital Classic - WVillustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Marshall - BGN

What You May Have Missed:

Smith: WVU is 'a great fit' - BGN
West Virginia’s newest assistant coach is intimately familiar with the New York Jets’ style of defense. So when Mike Smith says the Mountaineers plan to mimic that style themselves, it’s likely more than just lip service.

Football: Off-season Medical Updates - MSNsportsNET.Com
An update from WVU Football Athletic Trainer Dave Kerns on Mountaineer players who were injured

3 Mountaineers to miss spring practice with injuries - Charleston Gazette
Garrison, Garvin and Snow will be out during the drills

Murray, Staten Lead New WVU Cheering Section - WVillustrated
Two transfers are relegated to the bench this season, but they're doing their best to make an impact all the same.

Musings Of A Mountain Man - WVillustrated
John Woolard gives us his thoughts on Mountaineer Basketball...

Adam Pacman Jones Reaches Plea Deal in Connection to July Arrest - WVU Pros

News of Note:

Best Big East atmosphere of 2011 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Wanna take a wild guess?

Surveying Big East attendance in 2011 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Pitt's has to be tickets sold, not bodies in seats

Video: Big East's offseason to-do list - Big East Blog - ESPN
Andrea Adelson looks at the Big East's offseason to-do list, including mediation regarding West Virginia's status in the Big East.

Realignment has thrown a wrench in the Big 12 football schedule -
Waiting on West Virginia to stay or go means the Big 12 hasn't released its football schedule yet, causing headaches for the schools, fans and TV networks.

West Virginia's uncertainty hangs over Big East - Sporting News
West Virginia may or may not be part of the Big East, and if the Mountaineers leave for the Big 12 – regardless of looming legal hurdles – what then happens to the rest of the league?

2012 Pre-Preseason Rankings: Big East - College Football News
After ranking WVU 3rd in the Big 12, they also rank us #1 in the BE (just in case)

Is West Virginia top-10 worthy in 2012? - Daily Athenaeum
I completely agree that the 2012 edition of the Mountaineers has the potential to be a top-10 football team. But, it has some questions to answer first.


Great Recruiting, Great Teams? - MSNsportsNET.Com
Ask any coach worth their salt what they think of recruiting rankings and you will get a roll of the eyes and a shake of the head.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Basketball Power Rankings 1/18: Is it time to #BootPitt? - The UConn Blog

Cincinnati Bearcats 70 Connecticut Huskies 67 | Sean Kilpatrick's Dagger Seals Win - Down The Drive

Bulls Dispatch St. John's 64-49, Move To 4-2 In Big East Play - Voodoo Five

Seton Hall Basketball: Villanova 84, Seton Hall 76; Pirates Skid to Second Straight Defeat; Week Off Ahead - South Orange Juice

Not a Stat Geek- We Don't Need No Stinkin' Rebounds - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

On Injuries And Louisville Basketball - Card Chronicle

Grading out the new coaching hires - Stewart Mandel -

Video of Interest:

Mountaineers prove they are still the best team in the state of West Virginia and Frank Giardina gives his take on WVU's scheduling situation with the Big 12.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Why do I say sophomoric humor on the intro every day? Exhibit A:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is American lingerie model Cora Skinner. Click on her picture for one gallery and the source link for a bonus gallery.


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