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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (3/5/12) 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 Svyturys beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

It's Big East Tournament week!! This is the one single thing I'll miss about the Big East. As the men prepare for their Big East Tournament, the women have reached the semi-finals of their's. We have several recaps/features of their win over Georgetown yesterday and a look ahead at today's match-up against Notre Dame. Also worth noting is a new book by Mike Casazza that is definitely getting added to my reading list. We also have plenty of notes and other bits of interest, as usual.

Did you Vote for Huggs today? He's in the Final Four. Make sure you vote once a day, every day through March 8 and help Huggs win $100,000 for the Norma Mae Huggins Fund for cancer research in WV.

Hoya Hangover (Women's BB):

WVU Women Outlast Georgetown - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Mountaineers will next face No. 3 Notre Dame at the XL Center on Monday night at 6 p.m. for a chance to advance to the Championship game.

With points scarce, West Virginia beats Georgetown - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, etc

WVU Advances to Semifinals with Win over No. 12/14 Georgetown - WVillustrated
The West Virginia women's basketball team limited No. 12/14 Georgetown to tournament record-low 10 field goals and only 14.7 percent shooting to come away with a 39-32 win and advance to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship Sunday at the XL Center.

West Virginia out-toughed Georgetown in win - Daily Athenaeum
It was the Mountaineer's hustle and physicality that allowed them to get revenge on the Hoyas, who defeated WVU 64-54 at the Coliseum in January.

Strong defense must continue for WVU - Daily Athenaeum
So, head coach Mike Carey's team played about as poorly as one could ever imagine on the offensive end but was still able to beat one of the best teams in the country on a neutral court.

Notre Dame Looking to Avenge Regular Season Loss to WVU - WVillustrated
Notre Dame only lost once in its conference scheduled this season, and that was to WVU.

Big East Report - Mountaineer TV
Travis Jones recaps Sunday's win over Georgetown in the Big East women's basketball tournament, presented by Northside Automotive.

What You May Have Missed:

Casazza book holds some interesting information - Charleston Daily Mail
The only thing I can think of that's worse than not being able to enjoy successes because you're worried about an inevitable disaster is being proven right.

Revised 2011 Top 25 countdown: No. 7 - Big East Blog - ESPN
The final countdown of the top 25 players in the Big East rolls on. Up today: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia. Says Bruce Irvin Had Top 10 Workout at NFL Combine - WVU Pros

News of Note:

WVU ready for Big East Tournament - Charleston Daily Mail
"Huggs," Calipari said, "you're not that far from being good."

Defensive effort fueled by lack of respect - Charleston Gazette
"I don't think they look at the Big East statistics,'' Huggins said of a set of numbers that, if perused, would show USF at or near the top in most defensive categories and the Mountaineers generally closer to the middle or the bottom. "We haven't been near as good defensively as what we have been in the past. But I did think we were pretty good [Saturday].''

HERTZEL COLUMN: Award no guarantee for WVU star - Times West Virginian
“Can’t imagine which Big East coach didn’t think Kevin Jones was worthy of a vote for 1st team All Big East,” Huggins tweeted. “Only a handful of players in the storied Big East have done what KJ has.”

WVU has completed its mission - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
This could well be one of those years where the Mountaineers are one and done.

Around the League (and Beyond):

King's Court: Regular-season awards - ESPN
KJ gets some well deserved respect here

Big East Blogger Roundtable awards: surprises, disappointments - Rumble In The Garden
Big East Blogger Roundtable awards are back, looking at surprise/ disappointing teams + players for most of the league's teams. Would you have chosen other players/ teams?

Big East Blogger Roundtable awards: coach, players, rookies - Rumble In The Garden
Big East Blogger Roundtable awards are back, picking the league's best coach, players, and rookies. Think they are on point? Or disagree?

The fanbases of the Big East as Simpsons characters - The UConn Blog
Our celebration of the end of the season. Sixteen teams, sixteen characters. Enjoy.

Syracuse 58 - Louisville 49: Epic Regular-Season Achievement Unlocked - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

UConn 74, Pittsburgh 65: Roscoe Smith saves the season, for the moment - The UConn Blog

Bye Bye Double Bye: Marquette Beats Georgetown 83-69, Hoyas Fall To 5 Seed In Big East - Casual Hoya

DePaul 86, Seton Hall 58; Some Dude Named Jamee Crockett Comes off Bench to Bury Seton Hall's Season - South Orange Juice

St. John's loses the regular season finale to Rutgers, 61-58 - Rumble In The Garden

Final: Late Threes Bury Nova, Cincinnati Wins 72-68 - The Nova Blog

Cooley's Career Night Powers Irish in Season Finale - One Foot Down
75-69 over Providence

The Big 12 guide to Iowa State's home turf - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The Big 12 intro series continues

Chuck Neinas supports four-team playoff - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
During the commissioners' BCS meetings last month, Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas took a backseat on public comments regarding a playoff.

What's On Tap:

Final Big East Tournament Bracket With Times and Television Information - Big East Coast Bias
WVU plays Wednesday at noon against the UConn/DePaul winner on ESPN

Big East Conference Basketball Tournament tips off Tuesday at Madison Square Garden with NCAA berth on the line - NY Daily News
The Big East was looking at a grim forecast when the season started. After putting a record 11 teams in last year’s NCAA Tournament field, the conference was supposed to come crashing back to earth.

Week ahead: Big East Tournament preview - Sporting News
They think KJ is a "potential hero"

Video of Interest:

West Virginia appears to be in the NCAA Tournament after its big win Saturday, Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant are honored by the Big East, the WVU women move on in the NCAA Tournament and a future Mountaineer is named the Mountain State's top basketball player.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The Ides of March Cometh:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Lithuanian model Edita Vilkeviciute. Click on the picture for today's gallery.


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