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Start a Streak - #23 Georgetown Hoyas (13-5, 2-4) vs. Seton Hall Pirates (8-10, 2-4)

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#23 (13-5, 2-4); RPI: 7 NR (8-10, 2-4); RPI: 93
Date: January 18, 2011
Location: Newark, NJ
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Prudential Center
TV: MASN / SNY Spread: Georgetown -3.5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 137
Online: ESPN3.com SBN Affiliate: South Orange Juice
Game Watch: Iron Horse - 507 7th St. NW


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

Well, a win is a win, especially one on the road. I’ll take it. School is back in session and with MLK day falling on the second week, we started off the second semester with a three-day weekend. I was planning on getting ahead on my schoolwork, but that didn’t really happen. It kind of sucks that we do not get to see a home game for over a week. However, the students seem to be so fed up with the recent play of our team that I think some are losing interest in this season.

Starting off the year, many thought Seton Hall could be a dangerous team to play. However, they have fallen to 8-10 (although they have played the 14th hardest schedule in the country) and have been one of the weaker teams in the Big East. This is partly due to the fact that Jeremy Hazell has been out because he was shot over break – pretty horrible way to spend the holidays. While both Seton Hall and Georgetown are 2-4, I would argue that our Hoyas are a better team. We really need this one because we cannot end Big East play with a losing record. I just hope our players wear protective cups to keep Herb Pope from getting to their family jewels. Hoya Saxa!

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

Picking on New Jersey is low hanging fruit but this year, that state looks to be the beginning of a Hoya rebirth. The game against Rutgers wasn't perfect but it didn't have to be - all the Hoyas needed was a step in the right direction and here's hoping that tonight's game is another bigger step.

Seton Hall hasn't been a tremendously formidable opponent of late (with Georgetown winning five of the past 6, last losing in 2009) but the Hoyas aren't in a position to take any team lightly, particularly one riding an emotional high as Jeremy Hazell returns to the floor. Couple him with a powerful interior presence in Herb Pope, and it's incumbent on Georgetown to establish the tone early, capitalizing on ball movement and attacking pressure. Like Georgetown, the Pirates play in an off campus arena and thus, if Georgetown can storm ahead early, it can really take the crowd out of the game.

OldHoya isn't focusing on wins right now but instead emphasizing a return to the basketball that the Hoyas played to open the season. But let's not kid ourselves, a 2 game win streak going into a weeklong break would feel pretty damn good right now.

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

You beat DePaul by 11 at home. We beat DePaul by 11 on the road. By using the strategy of common opponent, I'd expect this to be a tight contest. Pirates lead by 5 at the half and Hoyas win by 11, 75-64.

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:

LOW

Saturday's game was good, but something is still off with our defense. Also, the turnovers MUST decrease if we have any chance of digging ourselves out of this hole. I can't say that my nervousness level could be anything above LOW for this game. Their best player was shot for crying out loud! More importantly, our team hasn't done enough to even stir the butterflys in my stomach, let alone cause me invest enough thought to go on a tirade here. If I get off the plane tomorrow night and we have lost, I will be attempting to secure some of that plane de-icing stuff to drink. If it isn't a liquid, I will eat it with a GD garnish right in the airport!!

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

The Line: Georgetown -3.5. Over/Under 137.

I have to think that over the course of the past few days in the cold swamps of Jersey, JT3 has devised some sort of plan for the Hoyas to contain Jeremy Hazell. If he did, then I don't see how Seton Hall is competitive in this game. If he didn't, then the Hoyas can stay in Jersey for all I care. As an added bonus, Seton Hall is 1-5 ATS as an underdog against conference opponents.

The pick is Georgetown -3.5. Final score Hoyas 76 - Pirates 63.

Casual Hoya is 13-5 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.

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