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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Notre Dame Gameday (2/22/12) 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 Thomas Caffrey's Irish Ale, in preparation of tonight's opponent.

On the docket are some looks at how WVU might do in it's first year of Big 12 football. Luck's baseball stadium plan has hit an unfortunate snag in the state capital, but if that's the biggest hiccup that WVU has to face in this transition to the Big 12, I'll take it. A lot more things could have and can still go wrong. We also have a large smattering of the requisite hoops previews of tonight's tilt with the Irish.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Plan for WVU baseball stadium hits snag - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia University's hope to build a Big 12-suitable baseball stadium using a tax-increment financing district came to an abrupt halt Tuesday evening when Commerce Department officials told lawmakers they hadn't received any of the necessary documents needed to proceed.

Big 12 is challenge for WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"I am excited about this year's schedule, especially since we will be competing in the Big 12," said Holgorsen. "I am familiar with the conference and know the challenges that are ahead of us.

Can TCU And West Virginia Compete For The Big XII Championship In 2012? - Crimson And Cream Machine
With Texas Christian and West Virginia coming into the Big XII to replace Missouri and Texas A&M this fall there's a lot of off-season talk that they both might challenge for the conference title.

Mountaineers Fall to No. 20 St. John's - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team fell to No. 20 St. John’s, 63-54, at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night.

Using the QB Score to Rank College Quarterbacks' Efficiency in 2011 - California Golden Blogs
Geno comes in at #4 on this ranking

Football: Walk-On Workout Scheduled - MSNsportsNET.Com
The workout will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012 in the Indoor Practice Facility.

News of Note:

Key stretch for WVU - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers face streaking No. 18 Notre Dame

Notre Dame Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com
Notre Dame is playing as well as any team in the Big East Conference right now, and couple that with the fact that the Irish always play well at home, and West Virginia will be confronted with a pretty difficult assignment on Wednesday night.

WVU basketball: Mountaineers seek win at Notre Dame to stay in the hunt - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU plays at No. 20 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. tonight (ESPN2) and knows stopping a 10-game losing streak at the Joyce Center will help the team move even closer to a fifth straight NCAA Tournament bid.

WVU looks to topple Notre Dame tonight - Register-Herald
Notre Dame beat the Mountaineers 55-51 in Morgantown Feb. 8 and held WVU to just 16 first-half points, then withstood a late rally to post a 55-51 win.

WVU Preparing for Rematch with Notre Dame - WVillustrated
Notre Dame is a tough opponent in the way it likes to slow the game down. WVU failed to overcome that style of play two weeks ago. The two schools will meet again Wednesday night.

Looking For A Win In South Bend - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia (17-10, 7-7) will face its first of two ranked teams this week when it takes on 18th ranked Notre Dame (19-8, 11-3) tonight at the Joyce Center.

House of horrors - Times West Virginian
WVU tries to slow down streaking Notre Dame

West Virginia looks to earn another tough road win vs. No. 20 Notre Dame - Daily Athenaeum
"They're playing pretty well. It was heck of a comeback in the Villanova game," Huggins said, referring to Notre Dame's 74-70 overtime comeback win Saturday.

WVU must stay on right track after win over Pitt - Daily Athenaeum
If the Mountaineers want to find a way to carry this momentum they have following their win over the Panthers into this final stretch of the season, they're going to have to rely on their leaders to step up and do what they've done all season.

Men’s Basketball: WVU vs. Notre Dame Preview - WVillustrated
West Virginia heads to South Bend for a rematch with the Irish.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Bryant dilemma could cause headache for Huggs - Times West Virginian
"Truck bought in," senior Kevin Jones said after the game. "He did his role and took open shots and didn’t force things."

Big Dance chances alive for WVU, Marshall - Charleston Daily Mail
As West Virginia and Marshall take the floor again tonight, there seems to be quite a bit of molar-mashing about the two teams' NCAA Tournament chances.

College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN
Work to do

Around the League (and Beyond):

Pitt Athletic Director On Paying Higher Amount To Leave Big East Early: 'NO' - Big East Coast Bias

Mardi Gras Massacre: Seton Hall Smokes Georgetown 73-55 - Casual Hoya

Quietly, C.J. Fair Has Become Mr. Reliable - Nation of Orange

Jonathan the Husky takes a dark turn, might be a serial killer - The UConn Blog
What is it with these BE mascot serial killers?

Plus One appears to be No. 1 choice - Sporting News

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (18) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
7 pm tonight at the Joyce on ESPN2/3

South Florida Bulls vs. (2) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Dome on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. (10) Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Brad on ESPN3 (tape delay at 9 on MASN)

Video of Interest:

West Virginia will take on a hot Notre Dame team and the WVU ticket office is expecting to sell a lot of tickets for this upcoming season.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

I think it's time, for you gentlemen, to leave.

Hump Day Video of the Week:

5 hours of Adriana waving a flag? Hells yeah!! 5 HOURS OF ADRIANA WAVING A FLAG!!!

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Victoria's Secret Angel, Erin Heatherton. Enjoy the video below and today's gallery (click on the picture).


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