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The Shotgun/Throwdown: St. John's Hangover (1/26/12) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale (WTF, see?) in response to last night's game.

Well that certainly sucked. WVU's winning streak is at an end. Major regrouping is a must if they are to even be competitive in the Dome this weekend. Full post game fallout is inside. We also have a bit of recruiting news and some big (12) scheduling news. Well, assurances at least. Sorry for the delay...let's get started.

St. John's Hangover:

St. John's 78, West Virginia 62 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

St. John's 78, West Virginia 62 - MSNsportsNET.Com
"We were not ready to play," said Huggins. "We did not have two very good days of practice. Sometimes success is harder to handle than failure and you’re really not much of a guy if you get knocked down and you don’t get back up."

St. John's Dominates WVU - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery and videos

Men's Basketball: WVU vs St. John's Recap - WVillustrated
West Virginia shot just 35 percent from the field and St. John's dominated the Mountaineers in just about every statistical category as the Red Storm was victorious 78-62 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.

WVU's Not-So-Perfect Storm - BGN
West Virginia freshman Tommie McCune started the second half – wearing his shorts on backwards. It was that type of a night for the Mountaineers – everything seemed wrong for the team that nearly snuck into the top 25 this week.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers lay an egg on Broadway - Times West Virginian
The Mountaineers played the way they thought St. John’s would play, just laid down and let the Red Storm win, 78-62.

Little goes right for WVU in loss to St. John's - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU fans at Madison Square Garden to witness what became a 78-62 loss lifted their heads as the Mountaineers ran the court and then, just as quickly, tucked their chins into their chest.

Road Woes Continue for Inconsistent Mountaineers - WVillustrated
WVU falls apart at MSG, yet another poor showing away from the Coliseum. With Syracuse waiting, big improvements must be made.

Bob Huggins in Rare Form After Johnnies Loss -
"They played well. They played well and we sucked."

St. John's 'fab five' frosh stun West Virginia - ESPN New York
Steve Lavin issued a State of the Program address on Wednesday, prior to St. John’s game against West Virginia, saying "the future is very bright."

St. John's stuns WVU - Register-Herald
Five freshmen were introduced as the starting lineup for the Red Storm

St. John's stuns WVU 78-62 - Charleston Gazette
That it would happen on this night, in this place, and especially against this team, however, was stunning.

Forgetting A Rough Night - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Mountaineers will spend the next few days doing something they didn’t have in their game plan -- Refocusing.

St. John's crushes West Virginia behind Harkless' big night - Rumble In The Garden

Huggs, Truck and KJ

Photo Gallery: WVU vs St. John's - BGN

What You May Have Missed/News of Note:

Big 12 head says WVU will be on schedule - Charleston Gazette
In an interview with the Gazette, Neinas said he's been assured by officials at West Virginia University that the Mountaineers will be part of the Big 12 next fall -- and a football schedule will be released by Feb 1, less than a week from now.

WVU Shares Trophy, Looks Ahead to 2012 Goals - WVillustrated
Before the basketball team beat Rutgers a few weeks back, the trophy was available for photos at the Coliseum and on Wednesday, it made its way to the Mountainlair, WVU's student union.

Morgantown to honor WVU football team - Register-Herald
Mickey's Notebook

WVU 10th Place in Naismiths' Student Section of the Year Contest - WVillustrated
Help win the Mountaineers $5,000 by casting your vote now through February 12th.

Cronin says Jones is NBA caliber player - Register-Herald
If he maintains his double-double pace, coach Bob Huggins says he thinks the sizzling senior should be voted National Player of the Year for 2011-12.


Holgorsen Looking Forward to Signing Day - WVillustrated
Article and video

Around the League (and Beyond):

Louisville basketball beats Villanova 84-74 - Courier-Journal

Pitt snaps skid with win over Providence - PPG

Notre Dame 55, Seton Hall 42; ND's Defense Befuddles SHU - South Orange Juice

Rutgers Blows It, Loses to DePaul 69-64 - On the Banks

PHOTOS: Syracuse Basketball Nike Hyper Elite Platinum Uniform - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

UConn's Nike Platinum Elite Basketball Uniforms (More Photos!) - The UConn Blog

Video of Interest:

Mountaineers will try and rebound from one of their toughest losses of the season and WVU has its eyes on a shooting guard in the class of 2014.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Any pilots out there care to confirm/deny?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is actress Emmanuelle Chriqui. Click on her picture for today's gallery.


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