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Big East Home Opener - DePaul Blue Demons (6-7, 0-1) vs. #9 Georgetown Hoyas (11-2, 0-1)

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DePaul Blue Demons Georgetown Hoyas
Loyola vs. Georgetown
NR (6-7, 0-1); RPI: 255 #9 (11-2, 0-1); RPI: 2
Date: January 1, 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Verizon Center
TV: MASN Spread: Georgetown -22.5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: n/a
Online: GameTracker SBN Affiliate: n/a
Casual Pre-Game: Irish Channel Pub - 500 H St. NW


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

I really don’t like to lose a game, even when I’m not the one playing. Wednesday night was no exception. I couldn’t get in front of a TV for the game, but the constant updates from a blackberry on 15-second refresh showed just how ugly it was. Hopefully our Hoyas are not still moping from the ND loss like I am - because one loss won’t kill us, but getting our shooting touch back would be very nice.

I am somewhat glad to be playing DePaul next because I would love to really beat up on a weaker team (kind of like what 12-0 Duke did when it played 0-12 UNC Greensboro – that was a real RPI booster). I do not think I have ever met someone who went to DePaul, but it may just be because anyone would be too embarrassed to walk around with this on their chest. Besides losing the beer weight, my New Years resolution is to not lose a basketball game in 2011. We will see how that works out, starting tonight. Happy News Years. Hoya Saxa!

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

Well, friends, there's nothing I can say to sugarcoat that Notre Dame game. It marked OldHoya's first visit to the Joyce Center and I certainly hope it's the last. Let's be honest, this DePaul matchup isn't much of a barn burner and the Hoyas boast an 4-0 record against DePaul in the past four years.

This is a new era in DePaul basketball, however, with Oliver Purnell taking the reins. The man has been quite successful at his previous stops: Clemson, Dayton, and ODU, but it'll likely take a few years to get DePaul moving in the right direction.

When all else fails, OldHoya is happy to hand out some food recommendations and there's little question that if you're in Chicago and you need an Italian beef sandwich, you're heading to Al's.

Enjoy the New Year and go Hoyas.

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

I've watched a lot of Georgetown this season because I grew up a Princeton basketball fan and loved the work that John Thompson III did there, so unfortunately I know how talented this Hoyas team is. I expect that the Blue Demons will struggle a lot on defense and get pounded on the boards on the way to a double-digit loss. Say 80-66?

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:

GUARDED

My level of nervousness for the Blue Demons should not even register on Tom Ridge's code of colors. When I think back to the middle of the 2nd half on Wednesday (beer 12, for those in the know), I remember all of the 2nd chance shots that the Hoyas gave to hansBRO while he was imparting his will on us. A part of me says that South Bend will serve a lesson and we will come out and dismantle DePaul with the precision of a surgeon. The cynical part of my small brain (and watching Tennessee get throttled by another mid-major) tells me that not every game will require a heightened sense of nerves. As a result, I am sticking with guarded.

I would like to inform the 5 people that will read this that I reserve the right to increase my level of nervousness in the comment section of the game thread.

New Years Bonus: projected number of beers consumed will be... two Bloody Marys and a beer and see where that takes me. I will need to "ease my way back into the pool" after a NYE house party that will provide unlimited access to brown liquors of all sorts. I will get angry when I start thinking about the money that I spent on season tickets and the fact that I have yet to sit in my seats this year. Again, everything changes if I see the lordnick dance on TV. This would certainly be grounds for mass consumption.

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

The Line: Georgetown - 22.5.

I wonder if www.nochancethehoyascover.com is available.

The pick is DePaul +22.5. Final score Georgetown 71 - Blue Demons 55.

Casual Hoya is 10-3 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.

www.CasualHoya.com : Where Your Money Stays And Plays.