Now or Never - #5 Pittsburgh Panthers (15-1, 3-0) vs. #22/19 Georgetown Hoyas (12-4, 1-3)

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Pittsburgh Panthers
Georgetown Hoyas
Pitt vs. Georgetown
#5 (15-1, 3-0); RPI: 9 #22/19 (12-4, 1-3); RPI: 3
Date: January 12, 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Verizon Center
TV: ESPN Spread: Georgetown -3
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 143
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Casual Festivities: Iron Horse - 507 7th St. NW


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

Like every Hoya fan out there, I am beginning to worry, a lot. I think our three-point shooting will turn around and that we will be able to get another win besides Depaul, but the fact that there is a decent chance we start conference play 1-4 is not good, not good at all.

The semester started back up again today; I drove down from Jersey yesterday afternoon in light snow, just in case any one was curious. I have a new roommate who is here for a semester from Carnegie Mellon who seems like a chill guy, and three of us spent last night playing MarioParty on the old Game Cube sipping on Rum and Fresca (Vittles wasn’t open yet and people were still settling in).

I think that outside of Cuse, this game is one of the ones students are most pumped about. Everyone views this as a must win (it is a must win, even JTIII said so). I have to get to the game a little late, so I will be sitting in the nosebleeds trying to tell Freeman and Clark apart.  I will be very content, however, if the student turnout forces me to sit in the last row of the arena.  If we shut down Ashton Gibbs and turn Brad Wanamaker into Brad Wanamisser we can definitely win this game. Hopefully I am not being too optimistic. Hoya Saxa!

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

It's no secret that OldHoya supports the Hoyas through thick and thin (and yes, this included the Esherick years) and with rough waters the past few weeks, it's not hyperbole to state that tonight's game represents a major turning point for the season. The Vegas oddsmakers obviously believe that Georgetown has something in its tank and will come out swinging so now it's up to the team and its fans to perform when our backs are against the wall.

The Pitt-Georgetown rivalry was established well before many of the current Hoyas were even born but with Pitt's emergence as a high level program no solidly on par with Georgetown, the past six years have seen some real battles. For whatever reason, this year's Hoyas have proven to be a fragile group, with the core going through similar slides the past few years. Pitt values the ball and really gets after it on the glass (OldHoya is best known for his dominance of floorbounds) and it will take a true team effort to win this game and right the ship.

It's easy to be negative but OldHoya strongly urges all fans to give their most during this game.

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

I think it's going down to the wire and I think it all depends on how Georgetown shoots the ball. Playing an experienced guard oriented team on the road scares me and Georgetown is hot from the field, it might not matter how well Pitt can rebound. Pitt doesn't have enough great individual defenders to lock down the Hoyas' guards, but Pitt clearly has an advantage inside. To be honest, I don't know. This is the definition of a pick 'em.

JahidiLikesPie  Nervous Level:

ELEVATED

Leading up to last night, I was ready to assess a nervousness level that didn't even register for the Pittsburgh game. I mean, how can one truly be nervous when you have no expectations of winning, whatsoever. Of course, Vegas goes and sets us as an early 3 point favorite. Now, I have given enough money to Vegas and local bookmakers to know that they are correct a hell of a lot more than me. This fact left an opening for the nerves to creep back in. Also, I remembered watching Tennessee beat the Panthers like a drum in Pittsburgh by hitting the open shots that Pitt gave them. As a result, my nervousness level has been raised from 'Wow, we have a game tonight?" to ELEVATED.

Thanks, Bruce 'The King of Social Media" Pearl. A special thanks also goes to VEGAS. Why can't you just leave me alone?!?!

Estimated Number of Beverages Consumed: ZERO. I feel like JGD after a work holiday party. Let's just say that bourbon on the rocks is not the ideal drink to enjoy in the early afternoon. I can still see the brown demons circling my head.

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

The Line: Georgetown -3. Over/Under 143.

At first glance this line makes absolutely no sense, and whenever that happens I tend to bet the opposite of my initial reaction, which was something along the lines of "BET EVERYTHING YOU OWN ON PITT!" 

Pitt lost to Tennessee, nearly lost at Providence, and beat Texas by a bucket at a neutral site location.  If this game were being played at The Zoo I'd take Pitt -5.5.  But at Verizon in what is Pitt's SECOND ROAD GAME in front of what should finally be a home court advantage with the students back in school, a struggling Hoyas squad playing with a sense of urgency is going to win this game.  And if not, well, shit. 

The pick is Georgetown -3.  Final score Hoyas 73 - Pitt 67.

Casual Hoya is 12-4 ATSLast season: 22-8 ATS.

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