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Big East Opener - #9 Georgetown Hoyas (11-1, 0-0) vs. #15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1, 0-0)

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#9 (11-1, 0-0); RPI: 2 #15 (11-1, 0-0); RPI: 38
Date: December 29, 2010
Location: South Bend, IN
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Purcell Pavilion
TV: ESPN2 Spread: Georgetown -2.5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 145.5
Online: ESPN3 SBN Affiliate: Rakes Of Mallow
Game Watch: Iron Horse - 507 7th St. NW


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

I have been frustrated by my lack of Internet connection here in the Dominican Republic (not really a complaint because it isn’t 20 degrees with a blizzard, which was Philadelphia when I left two days ago). Even though it was not a very unusual request, when I asked the hotel receptionist if we could get free Internet anywhere, the lady looked at me like I had three eyes. However, I guess if Georgetown still can’t make campus wireless, why should I expect to get on my computer from somewhere far more remote.

Last night I went to the sports bar at my hotel to make sure that I would be able to watch the game tonight. However, all of the TVs were showing ESPNNews, which is basically ESPN without any sports games (kind of an oxymoron). I asked Javier the barkeeper if they could get any other sports channel because I wanted to see the Georgetown Hoyas play the next day. He said that they might be able to get another channel if he called up the cable company and asked them for the feed during the game. I am hoping Javier comes through for me so I can watch our Hoyas strut into South Bend and come back with the win. On a random side note, I think it would be hilarious if we got a bunch of Jesuits together to challenge some of Notre Dame’s Holy Cross Priests in a pick-up game for half-time entertainment, finally showing the dominance of Jesuit universities. Hoya Saxa!

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

Growing up a football player - and a Catholic - in the Midwest meant one thing: rooting for Notre Dame. But as any loyal reader knows, OldHoya isn't one to mindlessly follow trends. So long ago that he can't remember, OldHoya turned his back on South Bend and headed to the Hilltop. Tonight's game marks his return with OldHoyaSon2 escorting him on his first trip to the Joyce Center. There are few fans more awful than Duke's but those self righteous Domers are right there and OldHoya is resolved to not tour the campus or check out Touchdown Jesus. Much like his goal for his beloved team, OldHoya sums up his trip succinctly: "I'm gonna antagonize everyone I can on that campus."

Let's get after it.

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

I think Notre Dame could have some success on the inside with Carleton Scott and Ty Nash, but I'm wary of how they're going to match up on the perimeter defensively. The Irish are going to have to dominate on the boards and in the paint if they want to win, as I foresee a lot of open Hoya threes and me shaking my head sadly. The Irish home court advantage will be diminished due to winter break and few students being around, so I think Georgetown takes this one to start conference play.

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level: GUARDED

I am nervous about this game, but for a different reason. I am really optimistic but historically, I come away disappointed from games likes this. It is like having a crush on a super hot girl that you never talked to in HS, but saw all over town. You create this image of her and how your first conversation will play out. Finally, when you get the opportunity to chat her up for the first time, you find out that she has a speech impediment or really bad breath or a really annoying laugh or something.

That is what I fear most about this game. I don't want the Hoyas to be the hot girl with an annoying voice.

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

The Line: Georgetown -2.5. Over/under 145.5.

This line opened at -2.5 but is now -2 in most places and even -1.5 in some due to an early flood of money on the Irish. The reason is because the Hoyas always struggle in South Bend, bad things just seem happen in South Bend. But I'm not jumping off this Hoya Train until the boys give me a rea$on to, and with the Irish a whopping 2-8 in home games as a 3 point underdog or less since 1997, Touchdown Jesus can bite me.

The pick is Georgetown -2.5. Final score Hoyas 77 - Irish 71.

Casual Hoya is 10-2 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.

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