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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Brawl Hangover (2/17/12) 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 Victory's St. Victorious Doppelbock in honor of ending the Brawl series in style.

It truly is a great day to be a Mountaineer. Nothing like waking up to a new day just after Pitt has been vanquished once again. That's the kind of Brawl we like. But seriously and be honest, who among you was expecting the lead to get trimmed down to next to nothing (or even erased) after it ballooned to 14 or so with around 12 minutes to go? I thought they'd make a run, but their offensive woes of late were clearly apparent in the second half last night. Full coverage of the win is inside to go along with a couple podcasts with Oliver Luck, who is preparing to brief the BOG on the beer sales. The women will face their 4th straight ranked team tomorrow in DePaul and as usual, I've also included your weekend BE basketball viewing guide. All of this and more awaits on the other side

Brawl Hangover:

West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh -
Recap, stats, photos, etc

WVU 66, Pitt 48 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Kevin Jones scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Truck Bryant came off the bench to score 15 to lead West Virginia to a 66-48 victory over Pitt Thursday night at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.

WVU Smacks Pitt, Keeps NCAA Hopes Alive - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery and video

WVU Brawls So Hard - BGN
If this was the last Backyard Brawl, West Virginia ended the series in style.

West Virginia ends Backyard Brawl with win - Charleston Daily Mail
Truck Bryant began the game on the bench, Kevin Jones didn't bear the scoring responsibility and Deniz Kilicli stayed out of foul trouble.

WVU turns it around at Pitt - Charleston Gazette
Jones, Kilicli lead the way in final hoops Backyard Brawl as members of Big East

West Virginia uses second-half surge to defeat Pitt 66-48 in possible final Backyard Brawl - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia used an 11-1 run midway through the second half to give it the cushion it needed to finish off Pittsburgh in what could be the final Backyard Brawl.

WVU defeats Pitt, 66-48 - PPG
The West Virginia Mountaineers will take bragging rights in the Backyard Brawl with them to the Big 12 Conference.

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Pittsburgh Game Recap - WVillustrated
With its NCAA tournament hopes on the line, Kevin Jones scored 16 points, Deniz Kilicli added 14 and West Virginia snapped a six-game losing streak at the Petersen Events Center with a 66-48 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Mountaineers show toughness in 66-48 romp over Pitt - Times West Virginian
“This series, it’s a crazy series,” Jones said. “The toughest minded team usually wins.”

HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers take the fight to Panthers - Times West Virginian
They did it the way they should have done it in Morgantown when, quite frankly, they were disgraced by a mediocre Pitt team that beat them to every loose ball, that outhustled and outmuscled them on their home court.

WVU Hopes Brawl Beat Down is Spark for Stretch Run - WVillustrated
After six-straight losses in the road version of the Backyard Brawl, this feeling was one that no player or coach on the West Virginia bench had yet experienced.

Pitt falls to West Virginia in what could be last Backyard Brawl - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
For now, West Virginia will have the last laugh.

Video: Pitt Postgame - BGN
Browne, KJ, Truck and Huggs (Huggs' video is embedded below)

Huggs, Truck, Browne, Hinds, Turk and KJ

WVU Basketball Postgame Interviews Following Win Over Pitt - WVillustrated
Huggs, KJ, Turk, Truck, Hinds, Browne and Jamie Dixon

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins reviews his team's 18-point victory Thursday night MSN's postgame show.

Photo Gallery II: WVU vs Pitt - BGN

What You May Have Missed:

Luck to update WVU board on 1st year of beer sales - Charleston Daily Mail
Luck has estimated that figure could reach as much as $1.2 million, depending on weather, attendance and team performance.

Podcast: West Virginia AD Oliver Luck - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia AD Oliver Luck shares his thoughts on Mountaineers' transition to the Big 12, his insight into the conference scheduling process and more.

WVU AD Oliver Luck Tackles Backyard Brawl, Big 12 & Beer - CBS Pittsburgh
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck checks in with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.

Da'Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks Go Head-to-Head This Weekend - WVU Pros
Devin Ebanks and Da'Sean Butler collide in the D-League this weekend.

News of Note:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In Friday's episode, the Mountaineers get back on track after big win at Pitt and the Panther fans join the Mountaineer fans in saying they would like to see this series continue.

Needed: Guides to Fort Worth, Morgantown - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
You guys are the experts. What do fans need to do? Where should they eat? What should they know about the stadiums? Anything people need to know.

WVU women deserve respect in polls - Times West Virginian
In truth, it all didn’t come together until Carey began experimenting.

Previewing Bruce Irvin At the NFL Combine - WVU Pros
We examine what Bruce Irvin is out to prove at the NFL Combine, and what position he will play at the next level.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Inside the TCU drug ring affidavits – Campus Union

Syracuse vs. Rutgers: The Scarlet Numbers - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Confessions of a Reformed Mid-Major - Anonymous Eagle

Just How Good Has Jack Cooley Been? Numbers Edition - One Foot Down

Louisville Is The Nation's Top Television Market For College Basketball (By A Lot) - Card Chronicle

What's On Tap:

(20) DePaul Blue Demons vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's Basketball - 4 pm Saturday from the Coliseum

(13) Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the XLC on ESPN/ESPN3

(18) Louisville Cardinals vs. DePaul Blue Demons - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Allstate Arena on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

(9) Georgetown Hoyas vs. Providence Friars - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Dunkin Donuts Center on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

(25) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Villanova Wildcats - ESPN
9 pm Saturday from the Pavilion on ESPNU

(2) Syracuse Orange vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
1 pm Sunday from the LBAC on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is no stranger to the SI Swimsuit edition. Here's a video and the latest set of SI photos (click on the pic) of last year's cover model, Irina Shayk.


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