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Final Pre-Conference Road Test - #10/9 Georgetown Hoyas (10-1) vs. #16/17 Memphis Tigers (9-1)

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#10/9 (10-1, 0-0); RPI: 2 #16/17 (9-1, 0-0); RPI: 44
Date: December 23, 2010
Location: Memphis, TN
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Arena: FedEx Forum
TV: ESPN2 Spread: Georgetown -4.5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 146.5
Online: ESPN3 SBN Affiliate: n/a
Game Watch: Chose Your Own Adventure


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

Well, I am hungover, tired, and sick; but I am home and very content to be here. I went out to the Chimes house the other night with some friends after a physics test and then hit up Quick Pita. The funny thing about exams is that everyone parties at the beginning of study days and then campus dies down when the tests are in full swing. However, towards the last few days, because people finish at different times each night a few people are going out to finish the semester with a bang before heading home.

I think that the Memphis game my freshman year was my favorite one of my time at Georgetown. I had just gotten to campus, it was the first time I got there early to get the front row, and there was something magical about my first big game against a ranked opponent. It went into overtime and I went absolutely crazy. My friend was yelling at Tyreke Evans the whole game for being a thug and I still remember getting in Calipari's face at halftime and telling him what I truly thought of him and his style of recruiting.

However, now that Calipari left the program to go see if he can get some wins vacated at Kentucky, we get to see how we fare against Pastner. I am very excited. If we can pull off the victory we will have completed a very impressive non-conference schedule. Hopefully Freeman starts lighting it up from 3-point range again.

Hoya Saxa and Merry Xmas!


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

OldHoya sees a team moving in the right direction and is excited for this next matchup with Memphis. Seems like only yesterday that OldHoya made the trek to Toronto to witness Allen Iverson lead the charge against Memphis in his freshman year. 1994, if memory serves, though OldHoya doesn't recall SleepyHoya on the road for that one; Sleepy was likely laying the groundwork for some more important duties in the US in the months and years to come.

Although it wasn't a Georgetown game, Memphis (then Memphis State) was Villanova's opponent in the 1985 Final Four. A close game filled with some bad calls against Memphis, OldHoya looks back on that Final Four with plenty of regret and wonders what could have happened had Memphis pulled through.

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

I'm a big believer in Ken Pomeroy. His game plan score prediction currently has Georgetown winning by one, 72-71, over the Tigers. I'm going to say Memphis shocks Ken Pomeroy with a last second three by the previously referenced Chris Crawford to win the game. There's a reason his nickname is C3, aka Chris "Clutch" Crawford.

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

The Line: Georgetown -4.5. Over/under 146.5

4.5? Jeez. I was all set to pounce on the Hoyas as a 1 or 2 point road fave but 4.5 is a lot to ask for. HAVING SAID THAT, I feel extremely confident in this group that has already been significantly battle tested on the road this season and is playing against an undermanned opponent in a relatively stale arena. I suspect the cache of the Memphis name is preventing this from being a 6+ point spread, because that's probably what it should be as Georgetown takes on a team that in its last two games has struggled to beat Austin Peay (overtime) and Texas A&M-CC (by 5), both at home. I just don't see Memphis being discplined enough to handle The Hoya Trinity and suspect the Tigers will unravel down the stretch.

The pick is Georgetown -4.5. Final score Hoyas 78 - Tigers 67.

Casual Hoya is 9-2 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.

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