View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:
The only thing that I hate more than Syracuse basketball is…wait, I don’t hate anything more than Syracuse basketball. When I enrolled at Georgetown, I decided to stop eating oranges and chose to burn every article of clothing that was that awful color. Since that time, all of my views of Syracuse have been confirmed.
I traveled on the student road trip to Syracuse last year. The whole city has a depressing feel. While there, I came to the conclusion that nuclear waste must have gotten into the water system and made the student body a bunch of idiots, but then I realized that the admissions department is to blame for that. In addition, some Syracuse genius decided it would be an amazing idea to stick Georgetown students in the Syracuse student section, surrounded by drunk morons. I thought that it was ridiculous that the student body would throw assorted refreshments and even glass bottles at us the whole game, until I realized that Eric Devendorf is their role model. His ugly face still haunts the nightmares of girls all over the country.
A win against the thugs that make up the Syracuse basketball team would be huge. I want to see Andy Rautins, who consumes half of America’s hair gel production, get a swift kick in the crotch. Also, I think it must be said that Onuaku looks a little too much like the marshmallow man. He also shoots free throws like Vernon Macklin. Here’s to a win at the hellhole! Hoya Saxa!
View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:
OldHoya states it emphatically - the most important game in Georgetown-Syracuse basetball took place on February 13, 1980. Before that game, there was no rivalry between the schools but when the game was over and John Thompson grabbed the mic, the longest running Big East feud was firmly established.
But a YoungHoya at the time, our resident OldHoya was climbing the career ladder and never attended a game at Cuse's Manley Fieldhouse, an older gym that the Orangemen were to leave for the new Carrier Dome following the Georgetown game. Cuse boasted a 57 game winning streak heading into the game and were certain that the game would be a walk.
The game didn't open well for Gtown, who trailed Cuse 30-16 at haltime. That team featured Al Dutch, Craig Shelton (Gtown's first major recruit - beat out Al McGuire to land him), and Sleepy Floyd (Gtown's 3 most highly regarded recruits to date) along with Ed Spriggs and John Duren. Well, Sleepy led the charge and hit 2 free throws to win the game 52-50. Big John grabbed the mic and announced "Manley Fieldhouse is officially closed." A legendary quote from a legendary coach.
Interestingly, Gtown went on to lose an Elite 8 game to Iowa that year - the single worst loss OldHoya has ever taken (narrowly edging out Ray Allen's last second shot to defeat Gtown in the Big East tournament).
Finally, Old Hoya had written his blogpost over the weekend, but wanted to commend Sleepy Hoya for some great perspective on the program at that time and some truly vivid memories of our early years. His recollections also caused Old Hoya to remember the previous year (1978-1979) ECAC game final in which the HOYAS beat Syracuse 66-58 and Old Hoya is 99% sure that game was played in, of all places, Maryland's Cole field House.
View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:
Syracuse -5.5. O/U 147.5.
- Georgetown is 0-2 ATS in games after scoring 80 points or more.
- Syracuse is 10-4 ATS when playing teams with a winning record, and 5-1 ATS when the total is between 140 and 149.5.
- The Hoyas are 1-7 in the previous 8 games it has played Cuse in the Carrier Dome when both teams were ranked in the Top 10.
What do these stats mean? It means that Syracuse is going to win this game in the Carrier Dome by at least 6 points. The pick is Syracuse -5.5 with a final score of Cuse 76 - Hoyas 69. Georgetown is playing well, but this is a tough place to play and a tough game to win. I think the Hoyas can beat Syracuse, I just think that is more likely to happen at the Verizon Center on February 18th than tonight.
As a Hoyas fan I'm looking for Georgetown to keep this competitive and have a chance to win down the stretch. As a gambler I'm looking for Cuse to pull away in the last couple of minutes, with free throws determining the cover.
On the season:
The Hoyas are currently 8-6 ATS (that's 'Against The Spread' for those just tuning in).
Georgetown is 3-1 ATS on the Road, 3-5 ATS at Home, and 2-0 on Neutral Courts.
Casual Hoya is 8-6 ATS.
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