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First Test: Georgetown Hoyas (2-0) vs. #14 Kansas Jayhawks (1-1)

Georgetown Hoyas Kansas Jayhawks
Georgetown vs. Visitor
NR (2-0, 0-0); RPI: 91 #14 (1-1, 0-0); RPI: 188
Date: November 21, 2011
Location: Maui, HI
Time: Midnight ET
Arena: Lahaina Civic Center
TV: ESPN/2 Spread: Kansas -5.5
Radio: AM570 Over/Under: 139.5
Online: SBN Affiliate: Rock Chalk Talk
Game Watch: Iron Horse - 507 7th St. NW

(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

Well, this is the first big game of the year. We've fared extremely well in our first two "cupcake" games, and I personally as am excited as I've been in my 4 years here on the Hilltop about this team. This team has MASSIVE potential and hopefully tonight they start to realize that potential. I'm not overly scared of Kansas, but I am petrified of Thomas Robinson. I would not want to meet him in a dark alley at any time of day. That being said, I'm unimpressed with everyone else on Kansas' roster, including Jeff Withey, who was an overrated recruit coming out of high school (shoutouts to the SoCal where I grew up). I would be highly disappointed if we did not win this game. Georgetown may have the easiest road to the championship of any team in the Maui, so let's say aloha to the tournament, and rock (chalk) the Jayhawks. Hoya Saxa.

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

Let's dispense with the bad news, though Mrs. OldHoya presented a compelling argument, OldHoya had simply done too much vacationing across the Atlantic to allow for a trip to the Aloha State and there's no telling whether he'll make it to midnight to watch the game. With that as a backdrop, we all know how big this game is and following two major league cupcakes, Georgetown faces its first honest opponent since the scrimmages with North Carolina. By all accounts, the Hoyas fared well in that scrimmage and the first 2 games have shown some excellent new developments, including some pressing defense. Kansas is always a well coached team and brings a stronger and more experienced frontcourt but OldHoya's been around the block and that Withey character isn't too intimidating. Of particular note, let's watch Otto Porter, who selected Georgetown over Kansas and how he responds in this game.

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

I'd be lying if I said I knew a whole lot about Georgetown just yet so all I can say is that if the Big 3 for Kansas can step up early and the Jayhawks can play defense the way they did in the first half against Kentucky, then I like our chances. I think it will be close though. 7 points one way or the other. Should be a fun game.

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:


Midnight tip? As I told Hire Esherick on Friday, I am nervous about being able to stay awake for a midnight tip. I haven't had much time to let this game sink in, but as I sit here typing, the nerves have started to get my stomach turning. Who knows how this game is going to turn out. I like the hustle that I have seen out of this team and I like that they are playing as a unit. I don't like that I have formed these opinions after playing Savannah State and Greensboro. I also don't like the fact that I have to write 3 of these things in a row. I think that is the source of my nervousness.

I don't know why, but I am not that nervous about this game. This is a great measuring stick game against a brand name team. I have no expectations. Apparently, they have a strong backcourt. I wouldn't know. I am too busy buying the best brown liquor that I can find for Thursday.

We will chat again tomorrow, I suppose...

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

The Line: Kansas -5.5. Over/under 139.5.

This line opened at -5 and has now ballooned to -6 in some spots, which means the so-called early 'sharp' money has been on Kansas. I'd caution taking the 'chalk' here, however (DID YOU SEE WHAT I JUST DID THERE), because I think these Hoyas can keep it close, especially with a relatively inexperienced Jayhawks squad still finding its footing. If Henry Sims can stay out of early foul trouble, Georgetown's depth should give Kansas all it can handle and summon them to playing Chaminade in the shitshow game tomorrow. Mahalo.

The pick is Georgetown +5.5. Final score Hoyas 72 - Jayhawks 67.

Casual Hoya is 0-2 ATS. Last season: 18-14 ATS. Where Your Money Stays And Plays.