|Rutgers Scarlet Knights
|#22/19 (12-5, 1-4); RPI: 9
|NR (10-6, 1-3); RPI: 101
|January 15, 2011
|12:00 p.m. ET
|Louis Brown Center
|On the Banks
Added Bonus: Georgetown commit Mikael Hopkins and prospect Kyle Anderson play on ESPN at 4pm ET
(Perspectives After The Jump)
View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:
How I feel right now. The season has slowly become more and more upsetting. Last night at a party on Prospect St. a friend of mine said that the difference between this year and last is that Wright and Freeman know this is their last shot and they will not allow us to miss the NCAA tournament. I want to believe him, but it was hard to stand in the Verizon Center the other day listening to "Let’s Go Pitt" and to not really know how to respond because we were getting whooped. Our offense showed no movement whatsoever and our defense was allowing both their 3-point shooters to get open looks as well as letting their forwards sneak behind our defense for easy lay-ups. It has been a rough couple of weeks.I grew up in New Jersey (like everyone else at Georgetown), attended several games at the RAC and was even present for their remarkable win over Louisville in football when the Cardinals were ranked 3rd in the country. I am a Hoya through and through, however, and we need this game. I thought Pitt was a must-win, but this would probably qualify even more so. Allowing Rutgers to recreate the pain that they brought us last year would cripple our season. That is the reason I will be sitting at my computer willing on the team with all my heart. Hoya Saxa!
View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:
Friends - we all know that our Georgetown Hoyas are stuck in a tough rut right now and let's be honest, a quick roadtrip isn't necessarily the easiest way to fix things. OldHoya hopes, however, that this swing provides the team the opportunity to cast aside their Twitters and Facebooks and rally together as one unit to right the ship. The conference season is long but with each passing day, it becomes far more urgent to seize control. There's no reason that a veteran team - which has seen its share of adversity in the past few years - can't snap out of this funk.
This is a new Rutgers team, with a new head coach and without Mike Rosario, who starred the past few years. To some extent, that could play into Georgetown's hands as they face a coach who is not necessarily well versed in their offense. OldHoya remains eternally optimistic and supportive but believes that this healing has to come from within. A road win (hell, any win) at Rutgers would be an excellent starting point.
View from the Enemy- A Perspective from our Sleeping With The Enemy Interview:
Oof, this is a tough one. Georgetown's started the BE season a bit shaky, haven't they? I wanted to wait to see how G'Town does against Pitt tonight--I think they win. It's about time they get on a little roll. So I'll say Georgetown wins, but it's a battle. How about Hoyas 68 RU 64?.
JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:
We have reached the point where expectations are out the window. I am not nervous about Rutgers, at all. Why should I be? It isn't like they embarassed us the last time we were there or anything, right?
This team should be coming in with the mindset that they have to go out and earn people's respect. They need to play with a chip on their shoulders, but remain within the offense. This should be about pride and revenge. Who knows if they will. This team is an enigma.
Nervousness level: LOW - no emotion from me until I see it from the team.
Number of beverages: maybe one bloody mary because I am on vacation and nothing says vacation like a bloody mary @ 10 AM.
View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Georgetown -5. Over/under 135.
Yes, the Hoyas have been playing terribly. Yes, Georgetown hasn't had a great track record at the RAC. But...this game is on ESPNU! GEORGETOWN HAS NEVER LOST THIS SEASON WHILE PLAYING ON ESPNU! Vegas likely knows this, which has to account for the Hoyas being favored since otherwise we should be a 90 point dogs, but I'm taking the Blue and Gray and I've already spent the winnings. Clear Eyes, Full hearts, ESPNU. I may be drunk.
The pick is Georgetown -5. Final score Hoyas 73 - Grease Trucks 66.
Casual Hoya is 12-5 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.
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