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Big Monday: #15/13 Louisville Cardinals (17-4, 6-2) vs. #13/14 Georgetown Hoyas (16-5, 5-4)

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Louisville Cardinals Georgetown Hoyas
Opponent vs. Georgetown
#15/13 (17-4, 6-2); RPI: 23 #13/14 (16-5, 5-4); RPI: 5
Date: January 31, 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Verizon Center
TV: ESPN Spread: Georgetown -4.5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 143
Online: ESPN3 SBN Affiliate: Card Chronicle
Casual Pregame: Fado - 808 7th St. NW


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

I truly do love Austin Freeman. I am pretty sure that after a game like the one he had against Villanova he could convince almost any walking human on campus to give him some lovin'. Because I couldn’t head up for the day, my parents decided to use the tickets they bought for me and my brother to double date with the parents of a girl I went to high school with. They also attended the Pitt-Rutgers game that night. I wish I were able to be as much of a college basketball junkie as they are.

When the team plays well, the students respond and attendance is heightened. There is no doubt the Verizon Center should get pretty loud for the Top 25 match-up tonight. If we can keep our streak alive, we will deserve to be mentioned among the elite in the Big East. Instead of eating boxes, Jack will hopefully be dining on a delicious fresh bird. Seriously though, is there anything intimidating about a Cardinal as a mascot. Hoya Saxa!

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

What a weekend. There's nothing better than a win over Villanova but in this league, wins are fleeting and the next opponent is approaching quickly with the Hoyas turning their attention to Louisville. OldHoya still marvels that Lousville is in the Big East but what the hell? We welcome them all and soon, we'll be saying the same thing about TCU.

This new winning streak has been incredible and who doesn't love seeing Wright and Freeman combine for 30? OldHoya's been going to games for a long time and there's nothing quite so enjoyable as seeing the players mature over 4 years and the individual teams mature over the season. Though the 30 point quip is in jest, seeing Wright and Freeman competing at their highest levels with Wright scoreless from the floor - but still powering the team to a win - is precisely what keeps the faithful coming back year after year.

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

I don't think I've watched more than 30 seconds of Hoya basketball this season, so I'm basing this entirely off last year's game and this season's Georgetown scores I literally just looked at. Freeman and Wright always seem to kill us, but it seems like depth is an issue. Coming off a double-OT, intense win at UConn, I can see us coming out flat and getting down, but unlike the last few games, Georgetown's defense and maturity won't let us back in it. Final score: Georgetown 68 - 58 Louisville.

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:

SEVERE

HOLY SH!T. That was tremendous. Supreme nervousness followed by a sense of accomplishment. I don't know what it is about the 24oz that caused me to feel like that was me on the business end of a 40 foot pass from a STONE COLD KILLER and ending up in an AP picture that looks like it belongs in a post office.

On Monday, we face a team that won in double OT against The Kembas. As a result, I should love our chances. We have won 4 in a row in the toughest conference in the world. I also know that this league is a DISASTER. Ask NOVA, KEMBA, PITT and CUSE (good on ya, HAZELL) about home court advantages. Somewhere between my 3rd and 4th 24ozer, I stated that home games were sacred in this league. I AM REALLY REALLY REALLY NERVOUS about this game. As sad as it sounds, I know that I will have trouble sleeping on Sunday. Monday will also be a disaster, because I won't be able to stay off of this site. I am already at SEVERE. I have no clue how to describe what level I will be when the game tips. I might just douse myself in brown liquor and run into traffic when I see Mcdonough's bald head (if he calls our game).

I can't even comment on the number of drinks. All I can say is that it will get ugly. The only question is whether it will be an SJU having their GU/Duke, 2006 kind of ugly, or a repeat of my STEPHEN CURRY 2008 brand of ugly.

God Help Me.

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

The Line: Georgetown -4.5

Louisville is 4-7 ATS against a team with a winning record, and guess what, Georgetown has a winning record! I'll take my chances tonight with a Hoyas squad playing good basketball over the course of the past few weeks against a Louisville team coming off a tough 2OT game at UConn. I would be very impressed if Louisville wins this game, but I think Georgetown will be able to force Quick Rick's gang into taking a bunch of bad shots and Louisville will have difficulty putting points on the board. Chris Wright should be able to contain this Peyton Siva cat and will get back on track offensively.

The pick is Georgetown -4.5. Final score Hoyas 71 - Louisville 65.

Casual Hoya is 15-6 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.

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