|St. John's Red Storm
|NR (11-7, 4-4); RPI: 26
|#21/20 (14-5, 3-4); RPI: 7
|January 26, 2011
|7:00 p.m. ET
|Rumble In The Garden
|Casual Pregame: Fado - 808 7th St. NW
(Perspectives After The Jump)
View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:
I feel like it has been forever since I've gotten to see Georgetown play (I have successfully erased Pitt from my memory). I am ready for that to change tomorrow. With Syracuse and others sliding, I no longer feel that we are the only team who has had problems this year. However, there is no denying that we are still climbing out of a really deep hole and that the near-term future will be tough.
I didn't realize how tough my beginning to the second semester of junior year would be. I'm giving up on the hope that classes will get easier. Instead, the plan is to drop out of school soon and pursue my one true talent of throwing back pitchers at the Tombs. Aside from that, all I need to do is pick up one of the cute cashiers at Vital Vittles and ensure that I can get basketball season tickets for life and I will be content.
It seems like too many students here at Georgetown are too quick to jump ship on our team. We have a chance to pull back to .500 in conference and avenge a loss to a veteran squad who are led by a bunch
of seniors. Time for everyone to step up. Part the Red Storm Moses (I guess this means he has to get in first). Hoya Saxa!
View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:
Coming off an 8 day layoff, there's only one word that describes this game: NECESSARY. OldHoya is pleased that Georgetown is coming together as a team but after digging an early conference hole, there are no gimmes. And let's be honest - the Big East is LOADED. There's no love lost on Syracuse but they are reeling, having dropped 3 in a row, including last night to Seton Hall? Then you look at Notre Dame, who kills off Pitt on the road only 8 days after a double digit loss to St. John's?
Returning from a South Florida vacation, OldHoya is none too pleased with this wintry mix nonsense but Georgetown is playing in the best conference in the nation and against a St. John's team that narrowly beat Georgetown at MSG. There's no excuse for fans not to be at the game tonight and there's no better time for the Hoyas to push this winning streak forward.
View from the Enemy- A Perspective from our Sleeping With The Enemy Interview:
I think the Red Storm can do a lot of the same things that they did last time, but I think they had better shoot better - the Hoyas looked out of sync last time, and I noted a few times when Austin Freeman could have launched a jump shot that probably would have gone in. I expect to see a more aggressive Freeman and some extended defensive pressure from the Hoyas... other than that, unsure. I think the Hoyas win at home. But I think it'll be close.
JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:
I was really enjoying the whole "Why should I be nervous, I have zero expecations for this team" position. Then, the top teams really started kicking the living hell out of one another and hope snuck back in the door on me. These Hoyas can do ALOT of good for themselves tomorrow night and that makes me nervous. The same team that laid a HUGE egg in MSG a few weeks back can get some revenge tomorrow night. Can we answer the call? I will be thinking about this all day today and I will probably have worked myself up to a GUARDED level. By the time the game tips, I will probably taking down Stellas in two gulps and wondering why I decided to watch my team self-destruct at a bar. I would classify this as an ELEVATED level of nervousness. As always, if we are up by 5 at the half, I reserve the right to upgrade my level to HIGH. If we are down by ten, I will refuse to watch any further and force JGD to tell me about his career aspirations. PLEASE DON'T DO THAT TO ME, JDEUCEUNO (or whatever your twitter name is)!
Predicted number of adult beverages consumed: 8.
Predicted number of said beverages that I will pour on myself if lose: 3.
View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Georgetown -8.5
If there this anything this past week of Big East ball has taught us, it is that nothing is guaranteed, even at home. Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse all lost in their respective arenas when heavily favored against assumed inferior opponents. Georgetown faces this exact situation tonight.
Make no doubt about it, Georgetown will win this game, especially after an eight day break. They just won't do it by 9 or more points. The underdog will continue its streak and cover for the sixth consecutive time in this series.
The pick is St. Johns +8.5. Final Score Georgetown 76 - St. John's 69.
Casual Hoya is 14-5 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.
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