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The Shotgun/Throwdown: USF Pre-Game (3/2/12) 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 Mallee Bull Heavy, in preparation of tomorrow's opponent.

The men's regular season ends tomorrow down in Tampa against the Bulls, another team hoping to solidify their tournament chances. On the other side of the gender coin, the women's BET begins today and WVU will wait until tomorrow on the winner of one of today's games. There's a couple football notes to peruse and the final weekend Big East hoops viewing guide to go with an update from Caleb on a couple of former WVU cagers. All of this and more...

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
WVU prepares for a game South Florida is calling its greatest game in 20 years and the women's basketball team heads to the Big East Tournament.

Football Tickets In High Demand - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Now all of the excitement is around WVU’s move to the Big 12 Conference.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Big East was bad for WVU Heisman odds - Times West Virginian
But this year the Mountaineers move into the Big 12, a conference rich in Heisman lore, and do so with a pair of Heisman contenders.

Nutter to showcase his talent at WVU’s Pro Day - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Long snapper will display his abilities on March 16 to NFL scouts

Three Earn BIG EAST Honors - MSNsportsNET.Com
West Virginia women’s basketball junior Asya Bussie, redshirt-sophomore Christal Caldwell and freshman Linda Stepney earned All-BIG EAST honors today as announced by the BIG EAST Conference.

WVU can’t lose momentum in Hartford - Daily Athenaeum
The Mountaineers have had an impressive campaign in 2012 while compiling a 21-8 record overall and an 11-5 mark in conference play – two records not many expected from the young and inexperience team.

WVU Women's Basketball Interviews Prior to Big East Tournament - WVillustrated
Brooke Hampton, Ayana Dunning, Coach Carey and Asya Bussie

Checking In On John Flowers and Casey Mitchell Overseas - WVU Pros
We recap Mountaineers John Flowers and Casey Mitchell in recent overseas action.

Musings of a Mountain Man - WVillustrated
John Woolard gives us his witty thoughts on WVU Basketball and more...

News of Note:

Mountaineers Must Maintain Hunger to Build on Win - WVillustrated
Following its two wins before DePaul, WVU players acted as though the ship had been righted before then losing two-straight. Now they must maintain notion of adversity to finish season strong.

Mountaineers lacking finishing touch - Charleston Gazette
For instance, while losing seven of nine games during its darkest stretch, the Mountaineers lost to No. 2 Syracuse, No. 8 Marquette, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 19 Louisville by a combined 10 points.

For Hinds, Mountaineers, ‘everything is not fine’ - Charleston Daily Mail
"I don't think we're back to normal," senior forward Kevin Jones said. "I think it's too late to get back to normal.

West Virginia travels to South Florida for regular season finale - Daily Athenaeum
South Florida, coming off an upset win against No. 18 Louisville, is one of a handful of teams from the Big East on the bubble and wants a win to solidify its tournament resume.

Rutledge Growing Into Role at WVU - WVillustrated
Dominique Rutledge is providing a spark for the Mountaineers off the bench.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Final: Villanova Survives Rutgers, Wins 77-71 - The Nova Blog

Pitino: "Significant Changes" Have Been Made - Card Chronicle

Scoop Jardine: A Syacuse Basketball Story In Five Years - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

QB Danny O’Brien to Oklahoma State? - OSU Cowboys

What's On Tap:

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Tampa Forum on MASN, ROOT Pittsburgh and ESPN3

2012 Women's Big East Basketball Championship Central
The WVU Women will play the winner of today's Syracuse/Providence game at Noon on Saturday at the XLC in Hartford for a chance to play again Sunday at noon against Georgetown.

Providence Friars vs. (19) Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Preview - ESPN
7 pm tonight from the Joyce on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

(12) Georgetown Hoyas vs. (7) Marquette Golden Eagles - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Brad on MASN, SNY and ESPN3

(18) Louisville Cardinals vs. (2) Syracuse Orange - ESPN
4 pm Saturday from the Dome on CBS

Video of Interest:

WVU's Keaton Miles found himself in the starting lineup for the Mountaineers in his freshmen year. This week's Wearing the Jersey looks at how Miles has used a strong basketball family background to make it to the collegiate level.

Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is American actress Olivia Wilde. Enjoy today's gallery (click on the picture for a 5 page mega-gallery) and the video below. Consider the gif as a bonus.



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