There's No Place Like Home - Utah State Aggies (5-1) vs. #16/14 Georgetown Hoyas (7-0)

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Utah State Aggies
Georgetown Hoyas
UtahSt vs. Georgetown
NR (5-1, 0-0); RPI: 42 #16/14 (7-0, 0-0); RPI: 3
Date: December 4, 2010
Location: Washington, DC
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Verizon Center
TV: ESPNU Spread: Georgetown -9.5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 134
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Casual Pre-Game: Irish Channel Pub - 500 H St. NW

(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

When I set about writing this each game, I was supposed to include answers to the questions: What are the students feeling about the game and Will they show up?  During away games, especially as students prepare for finals, I expected poor interest in the team.  I am willing, however, to admit that I am wrong.

A friend of mine was studying in the new Business School Building on Tuesday night (for anyone who has not been to campus recently, it is absolutely gorgeous and a great way to study somewhere besides the dungeon that is Lau). She was watching the game on her computer furtively because she thought everyone else in the building was hitting the books pretty hard and so she pretended to be as well. However, when Chris "Clutch" Wright drained the three, the place erupted. The students are definitely starting to get excited and I think that the most highly anticipated game of the beginning of the season is upon us, and everyone is looking to go out in full force for the game, because this weekend is the final oasis of fun before the slog of finals begins.

My face paint is ready, the wig is prepared, and there is no way that Utah State is going to come into our house and push us around. I am just hoping that we can use one of their cheers against them. Here’s to pulling it out and ending up as the "winning team". Hoya Saxa!

View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:

It's tough to overstate OldHoya's joy with the Missouri game, which firmly established the new look Hoyas as a force to be reckoned with and showcased Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, and Jason Clark. OldHoya is a notorious homer but there's a lot to look forward to this year.

There's no history with Utah State but Stew Morrill is widely regarded as one of the top coaches in the country. Of particular concern is that Blaine Taylor falls under his coaching family tree. Taylor, of course, has had success against Georgetown as the head coach at Old Dominion.

Utah State features a strong - though undersized - front court and it will be incumbent on Julian, Henry, and Nate to set the tone early on. As a prominent mid-major, Utah State has difficulty scheduling these out of conference games and OldHoya applauds Coach Thompson for having the confidence to bring them in.

View from the Enemy- A Perspective from our Sleeping With The Enemy Interview:

Georgetown 75, Utah State 63. The Hoyas are playing their best ball since the 07 Final Four season. They have too many ways to score and will eventually pull away.

View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:

The Line: Georgetown -9.5.  Over/under 134.

This line is probably 2 points inflated due to Georgetown's win against Missouri.  Utah State is 5-1 this season but that number means nothing to me.  At 2-4 ATS and being one of the worst teams in the country at defending the three, this one could get out of hand early for the Aggies if Georgetown's "Holy Trinity" gets hot.  Since I expect the game to be low scoring it will be tough for the Hoyas to win by double digits, but I still think it happens as Georgetown extends a comfortable 7 to 8 point bulge with a bunch of free throws down the stretch to earn the cover. 

The pick is Georgetown -9.5. Final score Hoyas 76 - Aggies 65.

Casual Hoya is 7-0 ATSLast season: 22-8 ATS. : Where Your Money Stays And Plays.

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