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On the eve of the Hoyas - Nova battle in Philly tomorrow, I've taken on the casual Villanova blog I Bleed Blue and White for an entertaining series of questions and answers. Enjoy!

(CasualHoya)
1) Given that teams play on neutral courts in the Dance to ensure that any team does not have a singular advantage, do you think that if the Hoyas were doing as much cocaine in the '85 Championship as Nova the outcome would be different?

(Blue and White)
Let's not pretend that Georgetown is completely clean, because I seem to remember a certain DC drug kingpin being chummy with Alonzo Mourning. But regardless, I still can't get over the fact that McClain admitted to not only using cocaine during the games, but that he was selling it on campus as well. I would think that just being in the general vicinity of a good school would teach you the basic principles of "it's not a crime if nobody knows."

Despite McClain being the leading scorer, there's a bigger issue to address, which is HOW can you let a team shoot 72% in the 1st half, and then let them shoot 90% at the break?! You won't convince me that Georgetown deserved to win that game. That's pathetic defense. Oh, and Patrick Ewing is Eddie Pinckney's biotch.

(CasualHoya)
2) Please rank the following, in order of Nova fan perception: Lowry, Foye, Ray, Kittles, Reynolds.

(Blue and White)
#1 is absolutely Kerry Kittles. He's the best player of the bunch and really carried a team by himself. Randy Foye is a close 2nd, he was a rags to riches type kid that worked his ass off for the school and was the best player on that 05-06 team. Great defender and he could do it on the block, knock it down from outside, or take you off the dribble.

#3 is Scottie Reynolds. He has carried the program on his shoulders the past few years since the departure of that great team and has absorbed a lot. Sometimes the fans get on him and yes, sometimes he has a really bad night, but he is always there in the clutch. Kyle Lowry would be much higher if he stayed more than 2 years, but when the NBA calls, you take the money and sprint. Regardles, he was a warrior. We love players that are scrappy and tough defensively, and he's the posterchild for that. As it is right now many people are hoping Corey Fisher can grow into that role, and incoming freshman Maalik Wayns has been compared to Lowry by everyone.

Ranking Allan Ray last isn't a knock on him at all, just a testament to the players in front of him. He was so important to the program and left it all on the court night in and night out. He could play for my team any day.

(CasualHoya)
3) Assuming you were the same size, is your best suit one that Jay Wright would even consider wearing?

(Blue and White)
I'm still waiting for the "Armani by Jay Wright" line. The only time of the year when I could even consider wearing the same clothes as right are when he dumbs it down and wears the warmups for Coaches vs. Cancer weekend. And you can tell by the look on his face he's uncomfortable in those warmups. He needs at least 5 grand in designer clothes on his body to be content.

(CasualHoya)
4) After Nova's inevitable 2nd round exit from this year's Dance as at minimum a 4 seed, will this season be considered a success?

(Blue and White)
The expectations have been raised (mine at least). As you said the worst seed we'll have is a 4, so there should be no excuse to not reach the Sweet 16. My greatest fear is catching Stephen Curry in Round 2. That would be a total "f*ck my life" moment. At the end of the day though, you just have to sit back and smile when a guy who covers an NIT team is taking veiled shots at you.

(CasualHoya)
5) Are you upset that you didn't get into Georgetown?

(Blue and White)
Didn't even apply, but know plenty of kids that did. And trust me, the way some kids hear talk about Georgetown, you can tell that when they got their rejection letters they got some cheap Russian vodka and went and hugged a toilet. Depressing as it is, yeah, you can make fun of some kids for that, and you will hurt their feelings.

(Blue and White)
1. When Chris Wright and DaJuan Summers inevitably throw down this season, who wins? And who's on the undercard?

(CasualHoya)
That fight would have to go to the judges scorecards for the following reasons. First, Wright would constantly attack Summers but be unable to finish/land any punches, and second, Summers would simply hang around at the perimeter of the ring and occasionally throw an ill-advised haymaker. Seriously, that fight would likely have zero punches that would actually reach the opponent. One would think that Summers would have the veteran savvy to take out CW, but if he has shown anything on the court this season, it's nothing.
The undercard would have to be a fight that wouldn't have any real implications, but would nonetheless keep the fans in their seats and entertained until the Main Event. For that reason, I'd love to see an Omar Wattad - Nikita Mesheriakov bout. Winner gets to sit on the bench the entire game. Loser gains a spot in the rotation and the inevitable chorus of boos that will meet him upon every touch.

(Blue and White)
2. Why did John Thompson II have a press box all to himself for the Marquette game, and what does he do up there all by himself?

(CasualHoya)
No one really knows what JT does up there, but no one has the balls to ask, either. JT is sort of like the overlord of all things Hoya, and no one dares to question anything at this point. If I had to take a guess, he was probably plotting the latest move to sabotage the post-hoops career of Fred Brown, or maybe cursing under his breath that a school like Marquette is even in the Big East. If I were left to my own devices in a suite like that for every game, I'd probably have curtains installed have them closed for some privacy. The last thing I'd want is some annoying Villanova blogger asking questions about me.

(Blue and White)
3. Who's the more underwhelming big man who is supposed to dominate, Roy Hibbert or Greg Monroe?

(CasualHoya)
I don't see how you can say Hibbert has been underwhelming in the NBA. Have you even seen is numbers? He is crushing the league in fouls per minute and is on pace for about 13 fouls per 48 minutes. All of those who thought Oden would be a better pro are clearly idiots, since, in addition to the injuries, Greg is only averaging about 8 fouls per 48 minutes. That's domination right there. But seriously, I think that Roy will have the NBA career that we all knew he would - he'll be a nice role player for over a decade who will average about 8-10 points and 6-8 rebounds.

As far as Monroe goes, after the UConn game I thought he'd be the next Chris Bosh. But for some reason as Conference play has unfolded, Monroe simply hasn't seen the ball enough. Now, this may be a genius strategy by JT3 since it has likely caused Monroe to slip in the Draft and maybe stay for another year. The problem is, that by letting Summers take all the shots, his Draft status has crashed to the extent that he may have no choice but to stay as well. Monroe is a very good player, and probably the best freshman at Georgetown since Iverson. He's very polished for a freshman, and I dig that he's from New Orleans. The one thing Monroe clearly doesn't understand yet, which makes sense, is JT3's defensive schemes. You'll see it for yourself on Saturday, but Nova's going to get a lot of easy looks under the basket.

(Blue and White)
4. Honestly, what do you dislike most about Villanova basketball (could be a player, coach, anything)?

(CasualHoya)
The worst part of Vilanova basketball is that you beat Georgetown in the '85 Championship. Everytime a 'David' takes on a 'Goliath", CBS will flash to a clip of that elvish Massimino running all over the court after that win. It's annoying, but it's fine. So, aside from that stigma which will likely never go away, right now my animosity is driven at Jay Wright. And don't get me wrong, Jay Wright is a great coach. I think he does more with Nova-level talent than anyone else in the Conference. The problem is he just looks like too much of a dandy. Oh, and I hate Scottie Reynolds, too. Talk about sticking around too long. I feel like the Hoyas have faced Scottie Reynolds for the past 10 years. And I'm not bitter that he wanted to play for Georgetown, either. It's not like Stephen Curry wanted to. Oh, wait...

(Blue and White)
5. If you could punch one person associated with Syracuse, who would it be and why?

(CasualHoya)
I truly believe that anyone who has ever attended 'Cuse or currently does suffers enough by having to be up there for 4 years. That being said, I would first punch every single one of the students who threw stuff at the few Hoyas fans that made the horrible trek to the Carrier Dome a few weeks ago. 'Cuse fans are really the worst. Well, maybe except for those Nova fans who dressed up in prison gear when Iverson led the Hoyas into the Philly that year. But, if I had to choose a single 'Cuse player whose face I would put on a punching bag, it would have to be Devendork's. That guy is horrible. It's one thing to single-handedly ruin your team's chances when you're on the court, but punching women? Come on! Yeah, definitely Devendork.

Casually.