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Well, that was fun. And by that, I mean WVU's run in the Big East (admit it, it wasn't all bad over the years). I know it's not official until July 1, but with yesterday's loss in the BET, we here at the Musket consider the Big East in the rear view mirror. The "Around the League..." section makes the full cross-over today. Make sure you check out the new sidebar on the front page (left) for the Big 12 blog roll and check those guys out. Inside you'll find your usual daily links, including recaps and features from yesterday's loss and more, as usual.
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Shabazz Napier sparks UConn comeback win - ESPN
Recap, stats, photos, video, etc
UConn 71, WVU 67 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Shabazz Napier scored 26 points and Jeremy Lamb added 22 to lead Connecticut to a 71-67 overtime victory over West Virginia Wednesday in the second round of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bad Taste In Big Apple - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Recap, videos and gallery
WVU struggles down stretch, falls to UConn in overtime - Charleston Daily Mail
"We can't put a game away in the last couple of minutes," WVU forward Deniz Kilicli said. "We don't know what the problem is. Nobody knows it and nobody can solve it because nobody wants to accept what's going on."
One and done in OT - Charleston Gazette
UConn erases 11-point deficit, ousts WVU
WVU eliminated in NYC by Connecticut - Times West Virginian
It has been the same game, over and over and over … get a lead, squander it, lose and say you hope you learn from it.
Mountaineers fall to Connecticut 71-67 in overtime in second round of Big East Tournament - Daily Athenaeum
"They out-toughed us," Jones said. "They beat us to the loose balls. That was the key to the game. We basically beat them in every statistical category except the scoreboard. But that's what it comes down to at the end."
WVU Blows Lead, Falls 71-67 to Connecticut in Overtime - WVillustrated
Big East tournament again and one-and-done for Mountaineers, who fall to No. 9 seed Huskies
Mountaineers Slide In Second Half, Now Wait Until Sunday - WVillustrated
Second Half dooms the Mountaineers once again as they fall to the Huskies.
WVU script getting all too familiar - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia and Connecticut could have saved everyone a whole bunch of time and trouble Saturday by just announcing their intent to play a do-over.
No Long Goodbye - BGN
West Virginia’s last trip to Manhattan for the Big East tournament was a quick one.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Mountaineers play final show on Broadway - Times West Virginian
It’s hard enough to win when you play a quality team with a Hall of Fame coach like Connecticut, but when it’s 8 against 5 it’s really tough.
West Virginia's loss to UConn? That's Truck Bryant's fault - Searching for Billy Edelin
Harsh words and a dire prediction
WVU Men's Basketball Interviews Following UConn Loss - WVillustrated
Huggs, Truck, KJ, Hinds, Rutledge and Brown
Video: UConn Postgame - BGN
KJ, Browne and Turk
What You May Have Missed:
Gold And Blue Now: Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Mountaineer men's basketball team looks forward to Selection Sunday and a future Mountaineer is looking to win a tournament of her own.
Five keys for WVU success in NCAA Tournament - Daily Athenaeum
As the West Virginia women's basketball team awaits its fate in the NCAA Tournament after losing to Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Big East tournament, I thought I would take a look at a few things the team needs to do to have success in this year's big dance.
Jedd Gyorko and Tyler Kuhn Make Their MLB Spring Training Debuts - WVU Pros
We recap the first week of Mountaineers in MLB Spring Training action.
News of Note:
WVU Can Only Look Forward To Potential NCAA Bid - WVillustrated
Following the loss to UCONN, is WVU headed to the NCAA Tournament? The Mountaineers have mixed answers to that question.
WVU awaits Selection Sunday after loss to UConn at MSG - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Bob Huggins usually doesn't need to lobby his team's NCAA Tournament credentials, but he stumped a bit Wednesday.
Big East Tournament notebook: Jones disappointed with top player snub - Charleston Daily Mail
"It happened, man," he said. "It's a matter of opinion. I've got to shake it off."
Coaches should be ashamed - Martinsburg Journal
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin, a former assistant of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, had indicated earlier after playing the Mountainers during the season that Jones was his player of the year. However, he voted for Crowder he told a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Bubble Watch - Andy Glockner - SI.com
Glockner still thinks we're not quite a lock, but should be in
Field of 68: Little movement in bracket projections, but that could change - Sporting News
Stock down after yesterday's loss, but still "should be in"
College Basketball Bubble Watch - ESPN
Should be In
Around the League (and Beyond):
With teaching over, TCU football begins evaluating talent - Fort Worth Star Telegram
TCU will not have a spring scrimmage for fans to attend.
Self ignites debate over KC's college allegiances - Kansas City Star
Kansas coach Bill Self believes the Big 12 tournament will be just fine in Kansas City without Missouri.
The Big 12 guide to Kansas' home turf - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
We're back again with the next installment of the Home Turf series introducing fans across the Big 12 to all the cities in the conference.
What's On Tap:
Waiting for NCAA selection/seeding for both hoops squads
Video of Interest:
Tony Caridi and Jay Jacobs break down Wednesday's overtime loss to Connecticut in the second round of the Big East tournament.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Seriously considering this:
Today's Miss Throwdown is Hungarian Victoria's Secret model, Barbara Palvin. Click on her picture for today's gallery.
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