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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Brawl Hangover (1/31/12) Edition

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Seriously, I hate Hate HATE losing to that team. Did I mention that I hate losing to that team? No? Well, I hate losing to that team. The full fallout coverage of the loss in the Brawl is inside. We have video of Huggs presser as well to go along with news of another (likely) season ending injury to Kevin Noreen. We also have this week's bracketology articles and a couple of signing day primers.

Brawl Hangover:

Tray Woodall's 24 points boost Pittsburgh at West Virginia - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Pitt 72, WVU 66 - MSNsportsNET.Com
“I can’t explain that,” said Huggins. “I am yelling at Truck because he didn’t make a rotation. I don’t know how that happens?”

WVU Loses Third Straight - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery and video

Misery goes on: WVU loses to Pitt - Charleston Gazette
The loss extended West Virginia's losing skid to three games and marked the first time since Bob Huggins returned to WVU that he's lost three in a row.

WVU basketball: Freefall continues for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia lost again Monday night and has its first three-game losing streak since 2006.

Body blow staggers WVU in Coliseum - Charleston Gazette
"It's really frustrating what's going on. I mean, I know we could have beaten Syracuse. We could've beaten Pitt. We could've beaten St. John's. And we didn't. It's slipped away. And that's really frustrating."

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Pitt Game Recap - WVillustrated
Tray Woodall scored 24 points and Pittsburgh quieted the Coliseum crowd with a 72-66 victory on Monday night.

WVU Loses Third Straight - BGN
“They just out-toughed us,” said senior forward Kevin Jones. “It’s tough to bear as a competitor. You’re not going to win every game, but that’s your mentality as a competitor.”

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers couldn’t seize the moment - Times West Virginian
“Me and somebody else, we did not go get the ball,” Kilicli admitted. “That is the kind of stuff that killed us the whole game.”

West Virginia cannot make comeback in 72-66 loss against Pittsburgh in the Backyard Brawl - Daily Athenaeum
Pittsburgh ended the first half on a 7-2 run to take a 33-29 lead into halftime, and it started the second half the same way.

Struggles continue for West Virginia against Pitt - Daily Athenaeum
It's not often that the West Virginia men's basketball team finds itself in a funk.

Pitt Upsets WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Bob Huggins has said his guys have gotten pretty good at standing around and watching.

Brawled out - Times West Virginian
WVU fights Pitt, but drops third straight

West Virginia's inside game fizzles in home loss to Pitt - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
West Virginia's front court fell short for the Mountaineers in their loss to Big East Conference foe Pitt at the WVU Coliseum.

Surging Pitt dumps Backyard Brawl rival West Virginia - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
No one is asking what's wrong with Pitt anymore.

Huggins Technical Lost in Translation - WVillustrated
Misinterpreted rant from the WVU head coach leads to unwarranted tech and 10-point Pitt lead.

Suddenly hot Pitt wins third straight - PPG

Pitt Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Highlights from West Virginia's 72-66 loss to Pitt on Monday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Postgame Interviews Following Loss to Pittsburgh - WVillustrated
Huggs, Turk, Truck, Hinds and KJ

PHOTO GALLERY: WVU vs. Pitt - WVillustrated

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Pitt - BGN

What You May Have Missed/News of Note:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Mountaineers fell in the first round of the "Backyard Brawl", Kevin Noreen breaks his ankle and the commitments in the football teams incoming recruiting class are ready to sign their letters of intent tomorrow.

Noreen Breaks Ankle - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The injury occurred around the 12 minute mark in the first half of the "Backyard Brawl".

A look at what WVU has done and needs to do by season’s end - Daily Athenaeum
With only one month until conference tournaments begin, it's essential West Virginia stays sharp in the closing month of the regular season.

Smith's Offer Non-Descript - BGN
Unlike his new colleague Joe DeForest, Mike Smith did not have a title specified in the job offer he received from West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck on Jan. 20.

NCAA Basketball Polls - ESPN
Receiving votes in both

Bracketology - ESPN
Still a 5 in the South, but falling (and that was before last night)

Field of 68: Who deserves the fourth No. 1 seed? - Sporting News
5 seed here too

Big East Basketball Power Rankings 1/30: Might as well be a dartboard - The UConn Blog
Brought to you by the Big East editors of SB Nation.

Big East Basketball Statistical Leaders: Kevin Jones Remains Scoring, Rebounding Leader - Big East Coast Bias
Kevin Jones of West Virginia remained the leader in the Big East in scoring and rebounding in the updated standings on Jan. 30.

Casey Mitchell Playing Well in NBA D-League - WVillustrated
Former WVU Guard Casey Mitchell is leading his NBA Development League team in scoring. - Includes video interview


National Signing Day Is Upon Us - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia is expected to sign 21 more players to the 2012 recruiting class. WVU has a total of 25 scholarships for the 2012 recruiting class, the five players who are already enrolled will be counted in the 2011 recruiting class.

WVU football: Day brings craziness, excitement to schools - Charleston Daily Mail
Players want to surprise observers. Schools want to steal from others.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Efficiency Margins 1-30-12: Half-season look at the league - Rumble In The Garden

Starting fresh: Louisville forward Chane Behanan developing into a full-blown threat - Courier-Journal

UC Bearcats must rediscover their offensive flow - Cincinnati Enquirer

Spectacularly ill-timed UConn promotions video declares 'we don't come here to practice basketball' - The UConn Blog

Why Kyle Flood Is The Right Head Coach For Rutgers - On the Banks
Ok, Sunshine...keep telling yourself that and eventually you'll believe it. I speak from experience, see WVU 2008.

What's On Tap:

Seton Hall Pirates vs. (15) Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Brad on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

Video of Interest:

West Virginia University coach Bob Huggins' postgame remarks following the Mountaineers' 72-66 loss to Pitt on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at the WVU Coliseum.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

No car for you!!

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a former Playboy Cyber Girl. Click on the picture for today's gallery (SFW, unfortunately) of Heather Jo Hughes.


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