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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (2/27/12) 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 ABC's Jolly Scot Scottish Ale (which I was able to partake in this past Friday night).

The women were able to rebound and get back on the winning side of things on Saturday against Cincinnati. Not much rest for them though, as they have their last Brawl tonight. Kinda lost in the shuffle of the men's struggles was Oliver Luck's report on beer sales to the BOG on Friday. Good news on several fronts there. We also have more on the men's continued struggles.

What You May Have Missed:

Luck: Football Fan Behavior Improved - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"The data that we received just confirmed our belief that making the changes was going to be good for overall security and for fan enjoyment – that’s important as well," Luck said.

Food sales rise along with beer sales at West Virginia University football stadium - Charleston Daily Mail
Industrial engineering student Richard Woody told the Board of Governors that concession sales were up 84 percent overall from the previous football season, while food sales were up 60 percent.

Is Florida State going to sue WVU? - Register-Herald
While the contract reportedly calls for a $500,000 penalty for such an action, the Seminoles are claiming that actual damages are considerably more and possibly in excess of $2 million.

Big East position rankings: Special teams - Big East Blog - ESPN
WVU comes in at a mixed reviewed (and rightfully so) #3

Mountaineers Win GARC Championships - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University rifle team overcame a three-shot deficit and won its third straight Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) championship

Mountaineers Rally Past Cincinnati - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team rallied from an early 14-point deficit to defeat Cincinnati, 66-62, at Fifth Third Arena in its final regular-season road game.

Mountaineers Host Pitt - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will play host to Pitt on Monday night at the Coliseum in a 7 p.m. tip.

WVU Women's Basketball Interviews Prior to Pitt Game - WVillustrated
Coach Carey, Ayana Dunning, Natalie Burton and Christal Caldwell

Next Mountaineer Mascot Waiting for the Call - WVillustrated
Four candidates wait to find out which of them will become the university's most recognizable ambassador at Tuesday's basketball game.

Former WVU Guard Alex Ruoff Rehabbing Torn ACL in Morgantown - WVillustrated
Feature and video

News of Note:

Huggins questions his players’ effort, courage - Charleston Gazette
To paraphrase Peter Finch as Howard Beale in the movie Network, Huggins was mad as hell and he wasn't going to take it anymore.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Huggins reaches the boiling point - Times West Virginian
The key to the phrase was the last sentence, the one that read, "These guys, it doesn’t seem to bother them much."

WVU likely headed for No. 10 seed in Big East - Charleston Gazette
Still, to listen to at least some of West Virginia's players, they won't stop fighting, even with their goals slipping away.

WVU’s season, tourney chances slipping - Times West Virginian
"If we win these next two games, we can be an NCAA Tournament team. The way we’re playing right now? No, we’re not an NCAA Tournament team."

WVU having trouble stopping opponents - Charleston Daily Mail
Play in the 16-team conference and rank 15th in field-goal percentage defense and you'll have a variety of problems.

HERTZEL COLUMN: As Bryant goes, so does WVU - Times West Virginian
In truth, more than Kevin Jones, more than Kilicli, it was Bryant’s play that dictated the outcome of games.

After another loss, WVU finds itself in ‘desperate times’ - Daily Athenaeum
"It's panic," said senior guard Truck Bryant. "We have to win two."

Weekly Walkthrough: Round 2 of UNC-Duke highlights final week - Sporting News
WVU/USF listed as underrated match-up this week

Weekly Watch: Week 12 - ESPN
Bubble Battles


Future Mountaineer Terry Henderson Wins State Title - WVillustrated
Incoming shooting guard guides high school team to fourth championship under his watch, excited for what lies ahead with WVU.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Louisville Hangs On For 57-54 Win Over Pittsburgh - Card Chronicle

Gray Out, and Bounce Back: Georgetown Routs Villanova, 67-46 - Casual Hoya

Cincinnati Bearcats Fall On The Road To South Florida 46-45 - Down The Drive

Rutgers Breaks Seton Hall's Heart in OT, 77-72 - On the Banks

Harkless, Garrett, and St. John's knock off #18/20 Fighting Irish 61-58 - Rumble In The Garden

Syracuse 71 - UConn 69: White. Out. - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Considering a Playoff Format That Would Scrap the B.C.S. - NY Times
A Four-Team Playoff That’ll Replace the B.C.S. Appears Likely for 2014

What's On Tap:

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Women's Basketball - 7 pm tonight from the Coliseum on the CBS College Sports Network (DirecTV Ch. 613)

(18) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (8) Georgetown Hoyas - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Phone Booth on ESPN/ESPN3

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

How To Train Your Daughter?

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Dominika Szijartoova from South Africa. Click on her picture for today's gallery.


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