View from the Student Section - A Youthful Perspective from Campus:
Well to say the outcome of Friday night's game was a massive disappointment would definitely an understatement. I think we've all had just about enough of these naval boat games. Really, what genius decides to have a basketball game in a harbor in the middle of November? Anyway, now I can look forward to a game that will actually be played! Whoa, Duquesne is in the A-10? They must be really good! Well, maybe. Duquesne has been up and down for the last several years. They seem to alternate between finishing in the top 5 and the bottom half of the A-10 every year. Last year was a down year for them, so this year we might expect they are on the uptick. Like Florida, they have also lost 2 of their 3 top scorers from last year, as well as their biggest threat from behind the arc. Duquesne does not seem like a quality opponent at face value, but they still play in a good conference which means they are not to be underestimated. I got my season tickets this week and even though some other rocket scientist decided to hold a game on a Sunday evening (during football season, no less), I expect there will be a pretty substantial crowd there to greet the Hoyas in their first official game of the season. We have a lot to fix from Friday night, but a lot to look forward to as well. Lubick showed some signs of improvement, so I'm eager to see if he can replicate that. Starks and Hop were very sub-par, but I hope that may have just been a function of playing on a boat/against a good interior defense. Get there early and be loud Hoyas! Hoya Saxa!
View from the Court Side Seats - A Wise Perspective from OldHoya:
The Jacksonville experience proved unusual though exciting. Truly, the atmosphere was fantastic and the Hoyas were solid if unspectacular - good to see a nice rotation in the game too. All that said, faithful readers should know that OldHoya is no computer wizard and definitely isn't a meteorolgist but even he knows that an evening game on the water in Jacksonville humidity is a curious combination. No telling whether the aircraft carrier games will continue but OldHoya guesses that they'll be in San Diego from now on if they are.
On to Duquesne - not exactly a huge rivalry but the home opener is always a good time. Of course, this presupposes that OldHoya (and the rest of the Hoya faithful) can figure out the new electronic ticketing system.
View from the Cheap Seats - A Nervous Perspective from JahidiLikesPie:
As I sit her continuing to wait for the 2nd half of the boat game to tip, I have experienced quite the travel itinerary. First, it took me 3 hours to get home from Barclays in the BK in order to get a few hours sleep before flying out to see my family. I missed my flight on Saturday @ 6:30 AM and learned that they do NOT serve alcohol before 8 AM. I then flew to another airport in order to make it to my final destination in time to watch a shitty college team lose (not our Hoyas) only to learn that I would have to fly to a DIFFERENT airport and rent a damn car and drive 100 miles. I am now sitting here waiting for the awful falcons and saints game to start and not really contemplating the matchup with the DUKES because I am having what is called a 'MoonSwine Bloody Mary'. As an FYI, MoonSwine means Bacon Infused HOMEMADE MOONSHINE.
As far as Duquesne is concerned, I have no clue. I am NOT confident that we cover the spread. I AM confident that LORDNICK will be very upset by the time he gets to his seats and he will likely have 3 Peronis and flap his arms during a timeout. I will likely be frustrated by an internet feed and Southern Blue Laws.
I am more nervous about tomorrow morning's travel itinerary than I am about the DUKES. Nervousness Level: LOW
View from the DJ Booth - A Musical Perspective from lordnick:
Hoyas Home Opener! Awesome. Can't wait to grab this TOTALLY LUDICROUS credit card ticket thing and figure out how to get into the game while forwarding the right tickets to the right people because they won't be arriving at the EXACT SAME MOMENT as me because we all have to swipe the card at the same time like turning our keys to launch a nuclear missile. Christ. Do you know what is an effective way to gain admittance to ticketed events? A PIECE OF PAPER. That's what I used to attend THE FINAL GOD DAMN FOUR so I don't know why we need this new crap. And the ticket web site is run by Ticketmaster. Might as well have STALIN run it. And HITLER. TOGETHER.
Oh, wait. I have to attend a Sunday night wedding. I won't even be at the game.
View from the Sports Book - An Unbiased Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Georgetown -15. Over/under 128.5
This game is NOT on a damn ship and therefore unless the court at the Verizon Center melts due to last week's Jonas Brothers and Pokemon on Ice meets Justin Bieber fiesta this game will be played and will have a gambling result. Duquesne lost its opener to Albany by 3 and though I suspect the Dukes will keep it close for awhile, Georgetown should pull away in the end. However, Georgetown's going to have to earn my wallet's trust before I give them 15 points to play with.
The pick is Duquesne +15. Final score Hoyas 73 - Dukes 59.
Casual Hoya is 0-0 ATS this season.