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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Leap Day/Demon Hangover (2/29/12) Edition

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"In style." That's how several of the recaps of last night describe Truck and KJ closing out their Coliseum careers in Mountaineer uniforms. And for once, I can't really blame the headline writers because that's probably the best way to describe the combined performance of the Senior duo. Full coverage of the crucial win is inside to go along with several tournament bracket/bubble watches. We also have more on the Slaughter hire for football, the new Mountaineer mascot, Bruce and the NFL, Ebanks rejoining the Lakers and the terms of A&M's and Missouri's exit fees. All of this and more...

Demon Hangover:

West Virginia 92, DePaul 75 - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc

Senior Sendoff - MSNsportsNET.Com
Truck Bryant scored 28 points and Kevin Jones added 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead West Virginia to a much-needed 92-75 victory over DePaul Tuesday night at the WVU Coliseum.

Mountaineers Thump DePaul - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, gallery and videos

With blowout win, Mountaineers take jump toward goal - Charleston Daily Mail
With the scuffling Mountaineers in need of a cure for what has ailed them in the last five weeks of basketball, Big East cellar-dweller DePaul provided a prescription for WVU success.

Seniors help snap losing skid, rout DePaul - Charleston Daily Mail
Even if it was just one night at the end of a season that has not gone according to script, things went as planned for West Virginia Tuesday.

WVU routs DePaul, gets crucial win - Times West Virginian
"I don’t think we need to win any more games to get in," Coach Bob Huggins said.

Nice senior sendoff - Charleston Gazette
Jones, Bryant combine for 50 points in rout of DePaul

Men’s Basketball: WVU vs. DePaul Game Recap - WVillustrated
In their final regular season home game, West Virginia seniors Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant didn't disappoint the Coliseum crowd.

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU senior tandem go out in style - Times West Virginian
As usual, this was not only emotional for Jones and Bryant, but also for the man who has nurtured them along for the last four years.

West Virginia sends off Jones, Bryant with dominating 92-75 victory over DePaul - Daily Athenaeum
But, on Senior Night for Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant, the Mountaineers put together a performance good enough for a 92-75 win against DePaul.

Jones Exits In Style - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
WVU hammers DePaul, 92-75

West Virginia seniors Jones, Bryant win final game at home against DePaul - Daily Athenaeum
During their careers, they've combined for 3,311 points. They were part of West Virginia's first Final Four team since 1959, and this season, they became just the seventh duo in West Virginia history to score 500 points each.

KJ Honors WVU Fans with Unique Haircut - WVillustrated
The difference from most other seniors on senior night is that instead of receiving the glory, Kevin Jones wanted to show his appreciation for West Virginia University fans. Jones had a flying WV shaved into his head.

Slump Ends on Senior Night - BGN
A combination of one of the season’s weakest opponents and the emotion of Senior Night proved, for at least one night, to be the cure for what was ailing West Virginia.

"Dynamic Duo" Close Out Strong on Senior Night - WVillustrated
In what they hope is their last home game at WVU, Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant wrote a proper ending while keeping their tournament dreams alive.

WVU Basketball Interviews Following DePaul Win - WVillustrated
Hinds, KJ, Miles and Truck

Video: DePaul Postgame - BGN
Senior Night, Huggs Presser, Hinds, Rutledge and Truck

KJ, Truck, Miles and Hinds

WVU/DePaul Photos - WVillustrated

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Mountaineers get a much needed victory at home, a new mascot is chosen, one NFL expert sees a future in the league for Bruce Irvin and the football team's coaching staff is complete.

WVU completes football staff - Times West Virginian
West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen completed his staff on Tuesday by adding Erik Slaughter after Slaughter passed the school’s background check when questions were raised about an incident in his background.

WVU women overachieved this year - Daily Athenaeum
With the regular season coming to a close Monday night, now is as good of a time as ever to look back on what the West Virginia women's basketball team has been able to accomplish so far.

Devin Ebanks Recalled From the D-League - WVU Pros
After spending the All-Star Break in Hawaii, Ebanks rejoined his Lakers’ teammates on the first day back after the Break.

Jonathan Kimble Named Mountaineer Mascot - WVillustrated
Take a look at an interview with the newest Mountaineer mascot, Jonathan Kimble, moments after receiving the honor during the DePaul game.

News of Note:

Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology update - ESPN
He still has WVU as "In"

College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN
Work left to do

Bubble Watch - Andy Glockner -
In the mix, with work to do

The Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix - 2012
This one list's WVU in at a #10 slot

Bracketology 2012: Kentucky Is Your New Overall No. 1 Seed -
#12 here

Around the League (and Beyond):

Texas A&M Aggies, Mizzou Tigers to pay $24.8M to leave Big 12 -
Combined, not each

Texas Tech's Tuberville accused of investment fraud -

Conference champion requirement would hurt four-team playoff -

Providence beats UConn, 72-70 - Hartford Courant

Kyle Kuric's Cardinal career nearly at an end, but Pitino plans to push him harder - Courier-Journal

Gates helped Cronin rebuild UC program - Cincinnati Enquirer

Game 30: St. John's at Pittsburgh Panthers preview - Rumble In The Garden

What's On Tap:

(7) Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from 5th 3rd on ESPN2/3

South Florida Bulls vs. (18) Louisville Cardinals - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Chicken Box on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

Videos of Interest:

Senior Night video courtesy of BlueGoldNews:

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Hump Day Video of the Week:

Hardee's/Carl's Jr knows advertising:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another South African stunner (I swear I'm not doing that on purpose...this time). Click on the picture for today's gallery of Jenna Pietersen.


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