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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (1/24/12) Edition

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Another day heavy on recruiting news today to go along with the weekly rankings and bracket projections. Plus, the Mountaineer women take on a ranked Hoya squad tonight at the Coliseum. We also have a couple of features on Gary Browne and KJ too.

What You May Have Missed:

Holgorsen Still Working to Finalize WVU Staff - WVillustrated
WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen has one spot to fill on his coaching staff

NCAA Basketball Polls - ESPN
First out AP, 3rd out Coaches

Bracketology - ESPN
#3 Midwest and rising, yet still not ranked

Field of 68: Shakeup at the top - Sporting News
4 seed here

Mountaineers Host Georgetown - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will be entering a critical phase of the season on Tuesday night when they host No. 20/17 Georgetown in a 7 p.m. tip.

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

News of Note:

Best in the Big East? - Charleston Gazette
Hard to argue against Jones as the league’s player of the year

WVU basketball: Browne excelling in the art of theft - Charleston Daily Mail
"The easiest way to make a play is to get the ball," Browne said.

Proud of Browne - WVMETRONEWS.COM
ACD head coach Rex Morgan had a chance to catch up with Browne and said he’s very proud of what his former point guard has accomplished at WVU.

Tough non-conference schedule benefitting battle-tested Mountaineers in Big East play - Daily Athenaeum
Huggins' teams always seem to play their best basketball at the end of the season. And, much of the reason for this is because his teams have been thrown to the wolves in non-conference play.

Conference power rankings: Big East - ESPN
#4 in BE


Mountaineers Secure Texas Linebacker During Weekend Visit - WVillustrated
Hope becomes the fourth Lone Star State commitment in the 2012 class.

WVU Prospect Kinsey Plans Signing Day Announcement - WVillustrated
He wants to surprise everyone, but the staff of the school he's choosing already knows

2013 Prospect Chinoso Obokoh Fond of the Mountaineers - WVillustrated
6-foot-10 center plays in Morgantown as part of the Mountaineer Showcase, continuing to progress through his junior season.

Nathan Adrian Eyes a Future with the Mountaineers - WVillustrated
Morgantown High junior forward continues to work toward the day when he begins playing for his hometown university.

Signing day will be busy - Charleston Gazette
WVU could land 30 football recruits next Wednesday

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Efficiency Margins, 1-23-12 - Rumble In The Garden

Big East Basketball Statistical Leaders: Kevin Jones Retains Scoring Lead, Maalik Wayns Now Second In Scoring - Big East Coast Bias

Syracuse 60 - Cincinnati 53: Well Thank God For That - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Why UConn misses the three-guard lineup - The UConn Blog

Woodall's return promising after loss - PPG

Hoop Thoughts - Seth Davis -

What's On Tap:

Georgetown Hoyas vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's Basketball - 7 pm tonight from the Coliseum

Men's Basketball: Louisville Game Sold Out - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia University ticket manager Debby Travinski announced today that the WVU men’s basketball game against Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 11 is sold out.

Video of Interest:

The Mountaineers nearly crack the Top 25 and we hear from a future potential Mountaineers.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Megan Fox Island? Yes, please.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playmate of the Month. Click on the picture for today's gallery of Tiffany Toth and also the source link for a bonus gallery (both SFW).


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