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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Irish Hangover (2/23/12) Edition

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Good lord was that horrendous. There's not much else I can say about it. The post-game coverage is inside along with some more insight on how WVU will fit in to it's new football digs and a podcast with Oliver Luck. Plus, Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas is looking to be replaced by a full time commissioner by July 1.

Irish Hangover:

No. 20 Notre Dame 71, West Virginia 44 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

Notre Dame 71, West Virginia 44 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Jerian Grant scored 20 points and Notre Dame shot a sizzling 61.9 percent from the floor to run away with a 71-44 victory over West Virginia Wednesday night at Purcell Pavilion in Notre Dame, Ind.

Recap, gallery and video of Huggs' post-game presser

WVU's struggles in South Bend continue - Charleston Daily Mail
"I've never had a team give up 60-percent shooting in two halves," Mountaineers Coach Bob Huggins said. "Ever. You can look it up. Ever."

No luck vs. Irish - Charleston Gazette
Strong second half carries Notre Dame past Mountaineers 71-44

West Virginia at Notre Dame Game Recap - WVillustrated
With West Virginia in desperate need to add another quality win to its NCAA tournament resume, Notre Dame shot 61 percent from the floor and out-scored the Mountaineers 41-16 in the second half to earn a 71-44 victory on Wednesday night.

Sham-Rocked - BGN
WVU has now lost six of its last eight games.

No. 18 Notre Dame pulls away in second half to down West Virginia 71-44 - Daily Athenaeum
It is the worst loss by the Mountaineers since Jan. 5, 2005 when they lost by 38 to Villanova.

‘They can shoot. We can’t.’ - Times West Virginian
Notre Dame blasts West Virginia, 71-44

HERTZEL COLUMN: Notre Dame never kind to Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
This team could not have done worse had it spat upon a cheerleader as Moss did in 2001 or were found eating a hot dog by the concession stand at halftime, as Malone was in 1996.

Mountaineers can’t keep up with Irish - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“They got us in transition and then we panicked and took quick shots,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said.

Head Coach Bob Huggins - Mountaineer TV
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins' MSN postgame radio remarks.

KJ, Turk and Truck

Country Roads, Take Them Home: Fighting Irish Blow Out Mountaineers, 71-44 - One Foot Down

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU experiences one of its worst defeats of the season, WVU President James Clements talks about the move to the Big 12 and the football team hires a new coach.

Neinas: New Big 12 commish hired by July 1 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

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

How will WVU and TCU fit in the Big 12? - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia and TCU are in, Texas A&M and Missouri are out. But Football Outsiders' Brian Fremeau agrees with me: The Big 12 got an upgrade on the field

’Eers get good start in baseball - Martinsburg Journal
The Mountaineers defeated Northwestern 7-3, Penn State 4-1 and Iowa 4-3 before losing to Michigan 14-3 in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida.

Men's Basketball: Parking Info For WVU-Marquette - MSNsportsNET.Com

News of Note:

West Virginia Lacks Heart in Downward Spiral - WVillustrated
28 games in, there are few signs of improvement from a Mountaineers team that is falling apart down the stretch.

A Headache For Huggins - WVMETRONEWS.COM
It seems like every time the Mountaineers appear to be getting back on track they ease up and get bit in the behind.

Men's Basketball: Bryant Nominated for Award - MSNsportsNET.Com
WVU senior guard Truck Bryant’s game-winning 3 vs. Providence on Feb. 5 is nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year, Intersport announced today.

Early March wins key for WVU B-ball - Daily Athenaeum
A lot can be gained from entering a big stage like the Big East Conference tournament. The most important is momentum.

Najee Goode Poised to Seize Opportunity at Combine - WVillustrated
Former WVU linebacker hopes his stock will continue to rise following weekend of meetings and workouts.

Around the League (and Beyond):

On a night the Orange chose to go Gray, Syracuse rallies to knock off feisty South Florida - Post Standard

Bidness Handled: #10 Marquette 82, Rutgers 65 - Anonymous Eagle

UofL @ Cincinnati Game Preview - Card Chronicle

Bearcats Have Golden Opportunity - Down The Drive

Jim Calhoun to have surgery Monday, will miss next two games - The UConn Blog

Youthful Red Storm learning how to close out wins - Rumble In The Garden

Big East close to adding Temple for the start of 2012 football season - Star Ledger
And the derps continue

Officials are skeptical of Big Ten proposal for four-team college football playoff, report says - Patriot News
The Big Ten's proposal aims to remove the top four teams from the bowl pool to play a four-team playoff.

Plus One is a minus for college football - Sporting News

What's On Tap:

(17) Louisville Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Fifth Third on ESPN/ESPN3

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Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Danish model Malene Espensen. Click on her picture for today's gallery.


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