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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friar Hangover (2/6/12) Edition

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Both hoops squads picked up important victories over the weekend as the men snapped a 3 game skid and the women dumped the 15th ranked Louisville squad by 16. There's also some football notes and several looks at former Mountaineer players, including some charitable work. I've also included a link for the coaches contest for charity where Huggs is just behind Calipari for the lead. Get to voting!!!

Friar Hangover:

West Virginia 87, Providence 84 - ESPN
Recap, stats, etc

West Virginia 87, Providence 84 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Truck Bryant’s 3 at the top of the key with 3.3 seconds left in overtime lifted West Virginia to an 87-84 come-from-behind win over Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R. Truck Bryant I., Sunday afternoon.

Monster Truck Leads Rally - BGN
When it mattered most, Truck Bryant and West Virginia just couldn’t be stopped.

WVU Battles Back to Beat Providence in Overtime - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap and post-game audio with Huggs

WVU basketball: Bryant lifts Mountaineers in overtime - Charleston Daily Mail
"If we didn't win this, we'd be playing in the NIT," Kilicli said. "If we don't win another four games, we're going to the NIT."

Bryant helps Mountaineers end slide - Charleston Gazette
"He kept saying, 'Shoot it, shoot it, shoot it,' ' Bryant said of Kilicli. "Well, you know me. I was going to shoot it anyway. He didn't have to tell me.''

Men's Basketball: WVU vs. Providence Game Recap - WVillustrated
Bryant scored 24 of his 32 points after halftime, while shooting 11-22 from the field.

Bryant 3 Lifts WVU Past Friars - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Overtime victory snaps Mountaineers’ skid

Bryant’s 32-point performance leads West Virginia past Providence to end losing streak - Daily Athenaeum
He finally snapped out of it and carried the West Virginia men's basketball team to an 87-84 overtime win at Providence Sunday.

WVU finds a way, wins in overtime - Times West Virginian
Bryant’s late three caps crucial win at Providence

HERTZEL COLUMN: Truck drives Mountaineers to needed win - Times West Virginian
Bryant scored 32 and didn’t hit an unimportant shot.

Bryant Maintains Confidence, Leads WVU Comeback - WVillustrated
With 32 points and a game-winner, Bryant turns around poor performance to guide Mountaineers in win.

Jones quietly productive against Providence - Charleston Gazette
And yet look at the boxscore and the guy finished with 20 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots, an assist and just one turnover.

Photo Gallery I: WVU vs Providence - BGN

Weekly Watch: Week 9 - ESPN
Truck and WVU get a couple mentions here

Women's Louisville Hangover:

West Virginia Upsets No. 12 Cardinals - MSNsportsNET.Com
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team upset No. 12 Louisville, 66-50, in front 4,537 fans, the tenth largest crowd all-time, at the Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Stepney’s dominance leads WVU past Louisville - Daily Athenaeum
The 5-foot-7 Norfolk, Va., native played the best game of her career, turning in a career-high 14 points on 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

WVU women jelling at the right time - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia's latest win over No. 12 Louisville exemplified what head coach Mike Carey has been looking for all season.

Carey Seeing Improvement - MSNsportsNET.Com
Sometimes this year’s West Virginia University women’s basketball team defies logic. The Mountaineers don’t handle the ball particularly well, they aren’t a great shooting team and they don’t have a reliable scorer.

Louisville Recap - Mountaineer TV
MSN recap of West Virginia's 66-50 victory over 14th-ranked Louisville Saturday afternoon at the WV Coliseum.

Women's Basketball Postgame Interviews - WVillustrated
Linda Stepney, Coach Carey. Averee Fields and Asya Bussie

What You May Have Missed/News of Note:

Inspiration is Contagious - ESPN/Infinity
Help Huggs win $100,000 for his charity in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. Vote now!

A meeting that wasn't, the Big 12, Dr. Seuss and a Hose tribute - Charleston Gazette
Vingle's Notebook

Pulling plug on Florida State game might not cost WVU - Charleston Gazette
clause that would relieve WVU of paying the penalty if Florida State manages to replace the Mountaineers with a comparable opponent.

DeForest could follow Holgorsen's climb up the coaching ladder - Charleston Gazette
When Joe DeForest helped Dana Holgorsen get a job as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator in January of 2010, it kick-started Holgorsen's rapid ascension in the coaching ranks.

Season grade: West Virginia - Big East Blog - ESPN
Adelson wraps up the series with a look at West Virginia

Five-Year F/+ Rankings (2007-11) - Football Study Hall
Check out how WVU ranks overall and how the Big 12 breaks down

J.T. Thomas Takes Special Guest to Super Bowl - WVillustrated
Former WVU linebacker raises epilepsy awareness while planning a special day for Chicago fan.

Selvish Capers Represents WVU in Super Bowl - WVillustrated
In just his second season with the New York Giants, former Mountaineer lineman scored a ring Sunday night.

Wyant recalls Mountaineers’ first ‘Golden Era’ of football - Register-Herald
If you’re a long-time West Virginia University football follower, you may recall Fred Wyant.

Why is Former WVU and Super Bowl Hero Howley So Overlooked? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
He is the only player on a losing team ever to be name Super Bowl MVP and, it is safe to say, it will never happen again

Former Mountaineers Butler, Gansey and Bonner Reunite in Canton - WVillustrated
Three former Mountaineers were in Canton Friday night for the Austin Toros' NBA D-League game. Full (video) interviews with Butler, Gansey and Bonner are included in the link.


Another Hidden Gem? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article on WR Jordan Thompson along with video interview with Coach Dawson

Around the League (and Beyond):

Boise State president says it's 'too late' for 2012 move to Big East -

Syracuse 95 - St. John's 70: MCDubz In The Hizzouse - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Cards Survive Scary Dieng Injury, Rutgers 3s - Card Chronicle

Frosh Leads as Notre Dame Downs #15 Marquette - One Foot Down

UConn 69, Seton Hall 46: 'A' for effort - The UConn Blog

Final: Villanova Can't Rally Late, Falls To Pitt 79-70 - The Nova Blog

Georgetown Wakes Up in Second Half, Destroys South Florida 75-45 - Casual Hoya

Cincinnati Bearcats End 3 Game Losing Streak With 74-66 Win Over DePaul - Down The Drive

What's On Tap:

Connecticut Huskies vs. (25) Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Chicken Box on ESPN

(15) Marquette Golden Eagles vs. DePaul Blue Demons - Preview - ESPN
9 pm tonight from Allstate Arena on ESPNU

Video of Interest:

In Monday's show, the men's basketball team gets back on track and there may be another Dustin Garrison on this year's football team.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a model from Luxembourg. Click on the picture below for today's gallery of Mandy Graff.


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