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The Shotgun/Throwdown: DePaul Game Day (2/28/12) Edition

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Well, it's Senior Night in Morgantown. If you're heading to the game, make sure you get there early for the ceremonies and extra early for a chance to go through the new Hall of Traditions at the new practice facility, which will be open this evening. We have plenty of previews of the game itself too. Over on the women's side, the ladies took care of their final version of the Brawl last night, making a clean sweep of football, both soccer teams and both basketball teams in the last editions of the series. A new candidate for Big 12 commissioner has emerged. We also have some more coverage of Bruce and Najae at the NFL Combine, plus lots more.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brawl Hangover; Women's Edition:

West Virginia Downs Pitt - MSNsportsNET.Com
With the win, the Mountaineers (21-8, 11-5 BIG EAST) earned their seventh 21-win season in the last nine years, and are now guaranteed a fifth-place regular-season conference finish and a first-round bye in the BIG EAST Championship.

WVU shakes off rough start, beats Pitt - Times West Virginian
“Last year at this time with the team we had we were worrying about getting into the NCAAs. This year I feel comfortable we’re in, and that comes after losing a lot of seniors last year and 80 percent of our scoring,” Carey said.

Pitt Highlights - Mountaineer TV
Coliseum Vision highlights from Monday night's 60-42 win over Pitt.

WVU Women's Basketball Interviews Following Pitt Win - WVillustrated
Asya Bussie and Ayana Dunning, plus Coach Carey

Women's Big East Tournament Set - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU advances to the second round based on a first-round bye earned as the No. 5 seed with a 21-8 overall record and 11-5 in the BIG EAST.

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Tuesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia faces DePaul in its final Big East Conference home game ever, Bruce Irvin impresses at the NFL Combine and Bob Huggins gets a big win off the court.

Some N.F.L. Combine Winners and Losers - Pre-Snap Read
A certain #11 is definitely one of the winners

Najee Goode Moves Up the Draft Boards At the NFL Combine - WVU Pros

WVU Notebook - MSNsportsNET.Com
The return of our weekly West Virginia University notebook stuffed with news and notes to help you get your week started ...

Revised 2011 Top 25 countdown: No. 12 - Big East Blog - ESPN
We are counting down the top 25 players in the Big East, one player at a time. Up today: Najee Goode, LB, West Virginia

A Farewell Letter from WVU Mountaineer Brock Burwell - WVillustrated
With a new student poised to be named the next school mascot Tuesday night, Burwell shares memories of his two years serving WVU.

News of Note:

Unfinished business for Jones, Bryant? - Charleston Gazette
Seniors hoping to make final push for NCAA tourney

Lasting legacy - Times West Virginian
It will be difficult to imagine that sometime around 6:45 p.m. today, West Virginia senior Kevin Jones will come striding down the carpet and out onto the Coliseum floor for his final home appearance as a Mountaineer.

Bryant, Jones legacies have yet to be determined - Charleston Daily Mail
"I feel like there's unfinished business to be done," Jones said.

Jones Nearing Rebound, Scoring Titles - Intelligencer | Wheeling News-Register / AP
Huggins: He will be recalled as ‘great’

WVU honors seniors today vs. DePaul - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
It seems like every time West Virginia University's men's basketball team takes the court these days, the Mountaineers find themselves in a must-win game.

Frustrated Huggins looking for answers - Martinsburg Journal
Huggins threatened to not renew some of his current players' scholarships, which is legal under current NCAA rules.

Huggins has never been so frustrated with freshmen - Register-Herald
He gave every indication that those have not measured up to expectations.

West Virginia men's basketball team has little or no room for error - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
When West Virginia hosts DePaul on Senior Night, expect a bunch of freshmen to be the most motivated players on the floor.

A Must Win Against The Blue Demons - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The Mountaineers (17-12, 7-9) will play their final Big East Conference home game ever tonight against the struggling DePaul Blue Demons (11-17, 2-14).

How WVU is staying in brackets - Charleston Gazette
If you happen to be among the dwindling few who still regard West Virginia's chances of making the NCAA tournament to be realistic, I come today offering doses of both reality and hope.

WVU Men's Basketball Interviews Prior to DePaul Game - WVillustrated
KJ, Truck and Huggs

College Basketball Player of the Year Rankings: Week 17 - Searching for Billy Edelin
KJ at #6

Around the League (and Beyond):

Ebersol among candidates for Big 12 commissioner - Fan Nation/Truth & Rumors

Big East efficiency margins, 2-27: the USF/ Cincy pitchers' duel, the NCAA bubble, and more - Rumble In The Garden

Big East Basketball Power Rankings 2/27: There was nothing pretty about last week - The UConn Blog
Brought to you by the Big East editors of SB Nation.

Conference Power Rankings: Big East - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
#10 here too

Perfection: Jason Clark And Henry Sims Lead Georgetown To 59-41 Victory Over Notre Dame On Senior Night - Casual Hoya

Victory aside, Louisville basketball must speed it up -Courier-Journal

Jim Calhoun's surgery went well, he'll be released from the hospital today [ed.] - The UConn Blog

Bearcats still have a shot at double-bye - Cincinnati Enquirer

Pitt's scoring bar set on low - PPG

What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball: Hall of Traditions to Open - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Robinson/Petroplus Hall of Traditions in the WVU Basketball Practice Facility will be open to the public prior to the WVU-DePaul basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Doors will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

DePaul Blue Demons vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Coliseum on MASN and ESPN3

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks about Tuesday's matchup against DePaul at the WVU Coliseum. February 27, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

It's another star studded Kimmel event:

Miss Throwdown:

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