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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Irish Hangover (2/13/12) 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 Kilkenny Irish Beer, in honor of the big women's victory yesterday.

Now this is a good Irish hangover. While the men have had trouble closing out games, the women have just defeated their second ranked opponent in a row by taking down the #2 ranked Irish yesterday. And as I just alluded to, the men are trying to figure out how to just win games right now. We also have some news on the amount of money WVU wound up taking a hit for in the Orange Bowl trip (it's actually good news) some bits on former Mountaineer players, in action, charity and post-college life. And in recruiting news, a WV's top football player now has a WVU offer to go along with several other big name schools after this past weekend's Junior Day. All of this and more...

Irish Hangover:

West Virginia hits late free throws to stun No. 2 Notre Dame - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

West Virginia Stuns No. 2 Notre Dame - MSNsportsNET.Com
For the second game in a row, the West Virginia University women’s basketball team upset a ranked opponent, defeating No. 2 Notre Dame, 65-63, on Sunday afternoon at the Purcell Pavilion.

Hampton’s free throws clinch WVU upset over No. 2 Notre Dame - Daily Athenaeum
WVU junior center Asya Bussie led the team with 22 points and eight rebounds, while also going 10-of-13 from the free-throw line.

WVU Women's Basketball Defeats No. 2 Notre Dame - WVillustrated
The Mountaineer Women's Basketball team beat No. 2 Notre Dame tonight in South Bend, Indiana 65-63.

Sunday stunner - Times West Virginian
The second-ranked Irish almost played well enough Sunday, but West Virginia ended their 21-game winning streak with a 65-63 victory.

The victory is one of the biggest for WVU head coach Mike Carey, who is in his 11th season. It also ended Notre Dame's 21-game winning streak.

Team Celebration - Mountaineer TV
Team video of Brooke Hampton's game-winning FTs and ensuing celebration.

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Mike Carey talks about his team's big win over No. 2 ranked Notre Dame Sunday in South Bend.

What You May Have Missed:

Expansion looms, but for now, Big 12 rightfully excited about West Virginia, TCU - Austin Statesman
The Longhorns and Sooners have pretty much owned this football conference over the last 10 years, but the new energy arriving with West Virginia and TCU will bring needed credibility, especially if the powers decide to put off expansion and go with a 10-team format for the foreseeable future.

‘Eer’resistible - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU’s Austin looking forward to Big 12

WVU loss on Orange Bowl less than expected - Times West Virginian
While all the final numbers are not yet in, Parsons has enough information to know that the loss will be closer to $300,000 than the $1 million they originally had projected.

J.T. Thomas Brings His Foundation to Morgantown - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer joined by WVU teammates as he continues road trip to raise awareness for work with children.

Former QB now a judge - Martinsburg Journal
Kevin White, a former West Virginia University quarterback, now is a Superior Court judge in his native Arizona.

Da'Sean Butler Making Most of D-League Opportunity - WVillustrated
Former Mountaineer playing well with one of the league's top teams two years after Final Four run with WVU.

John Flowers Has A Big Weekend and Other WVU Pros in Action - WVU Pros
We recap the weekend of basketball play involving West Virginia Mountaineers.

News of Note:

WVU Starting to Fear For Its NCAA Tournament Chances - WVillustrated
Losing five of its last six games has WVU a little worried about its NCAA tournament chances

Huggins: 'We just need to win' - Charleston Gazette
And while the mantra remains the same - win some games - even Huggins knows that things are slipping away.

WVU moving closer to NIT bid, not NCAA - Charleston Daily Mail
To hear the players explain it, West Virginia is no longer a team playing five first-year players among its top eight.

Facing An Uphill Battle - WVMETRONEWS.COM
This situation is something West Virginia (16-10, 6-7) is very used to and, unfortunately, it’s something all teams never want to get used to. Trying to rebound from a loss.

WVU men not dead yet - Daily Athenaeum
After a heart-breaking defeat to No. 23 Louisville Saturday, the West Virginia men's basketball team is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time under head coach Bob Huggins.

HERTZEL COLUMN: League award still within Jones’ grasp - Times West Virginian
“I’d be lying if I said no one is panicking, but fear is good for us right now,” Jones said. “It will hopefully make us play better, play harder and come together more as a team. If that’s what it takes, then I think it will be a good thing.”


WVU makes offer to GW’s Switzer - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia has officially - some might say finally - jumped into the pursuit for George Washington running back and Kennedy Award winner Ryan Switzer.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Buffalo's Warde Manuel is UConn's new athletic director - The UConn Blog

Syracuse 85 - UConn 67: Enter The Fair-All-Day Cage - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Business As Usual: #19/18 Marquette 95, Cincinnati 78 - Anonymous Eagle

Better effort, similar result: St. John's loses 71-61 at Georgetown - Rumble In The Garden

Seton Hall 73, Pittsburgh 66; as Pope and JT go, so too do the Pirates - South Orange Juice

Louisville's Game Against Syracuse On Monday Is A White Out - Card Chronicle
Rick "Colonel Sanders" Pitino should be in full effect

What's On Tap:

(2) Syracuse Orange vs. (23) Louisville Cardinals - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Chicken Box on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

West Virginia is on the rebound again and the football team offers a scholarship to the top player in the Mountain State.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is yet another reason to say, "DAMN YOU LEO!!!!" Here is today's gallery of Romanian model Madalina Diana Ghenea (click on the picture).


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