The Rematch: Memphis Tigers (6-4, 0-0) vs. #16 Georgetown Hoyas (9-1, 0-0)

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Memphis Tigers

Georgetown Hoyas
Visitor vs. Georgetown
NR (6-4, 0-0); RPI: 71 #16 (9-1, 0-0); RPI: 67
Date: December 22, 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Verizon Center
TV: ESPN2 Spread: Georgetown -5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 142.0
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Casual Pregame: Iron Horse Taproom - 507 7th NW


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

Finals are done finals are done! Now I get to wait for my grades.........YIPEEE! [sarcasm]

In the meantime, I'm still here waiting for the Memphis rematch soiree. Let's be honest. Memphis is not good. Georgetown needs to win this game, but at the same time the Hoyas have looked a little bit slow in the past two games. Now that exams are fully over, I expect Georgetown to put their foot on the accelerator heading into Big East play. Student attendance clearly won't be improving any time soon, but the product on the floor should be. An email thread has been going around among the Hoya Blue listserve. It's been quite hilarious. You can expect some changes, but the topics of discussion included big heads, Utah St., buses, and Casual. Pregame, I'm going to dare Will Barton to take more than 5 3's in this game. If he listens to me, we win. Plain and simple. If he wants to hurt Georgetown from distance, like he did in Maui, congratulations to the punk. I came home upset from the Phonebooth too many times last year. It's time to defend Verizon. It starts(no offense to American) Thursday.

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

The last game before the Christmas break is always a challenge and doubly so when it's a team like Memphis, who gave the Hoyas a hell of a game out in Maui only one month ago. Obivously, that was a defining game in what has so far been a thoroughly enjoyable season and Georgetown needs another team effort to emerge victorious.

The last three games have been against significantly weaker competition and while Georgetown has won those games, we'd still like to see a real killer mentality moving forward. One thing that is becoming increasingly clear is that there was a real lack of leadership on last year's team. They had the talent but for whatever reason were never able to really put it together. But this year, veterans like Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson (as expected) and Henry Sims (tremendous revelation) have brought the team together, exemplified best when the three combined for the final play to get the win at Bama.

Georgetown is on a 3 game winning streak against Memphis and will have to bring their best to the floor in what should be an entertaining game. Here's hoping for a win that will send everyone into the holidays (except Memphis) with a smile on their faces.

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

Memphis has the talent to be a top-10 team, but the Tigers have already lost four of their marquee games, and that'll make it tough for them to get back to that place in the rankings this season. At 6-4, Memphis is still probably one of the top 30 teams in the country.

Georgetown 72, Memphis 68.

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:

HIGH

Tonight's game scares the living hell out of me. Memphis is very talented and very undisciplined. You never know what you are going to get. Add the fact that we didn't looked that good in our DC Scorched Earth Tour, and one can understand why my nervousness level will be on HIGH.

This is one of those games that will cause me to consider an afternoon elixir to calm my nerves while I cut work to wrap up my holiday shopping. I will keep the coors light talls flowing throughout the game.

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

The Line: Georgetown -5. Over/under 142.0.

JT3: "In a perfect world, we would not have met them in" Maui, Thompson said. "Obviously, they've gotten a taste of what we try of to do, and we've gotten a taste of what they try to do. You deal with that enough in the conference."

My initial thought was that I'm not laying 5 points against one of the most athletic teams in the country that has already seen our shit. However, two factors work in Georgetown's favor: 1) Memphis is still an undisciplined group with a few players with NBA dreams, and 2) there will likely be more scouts in attendance than Georgetown students. I expect a lot of Sims early to get their bigs into foul trouble. Whether it works or not, we'll see.

The pick is Memphis +5. Final score Hoyas 79 - Tigers 75.

Casual Hoya is 6-4 ATS this season.
Last season: 18-14.
Overall 46-26.

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