|Georgetown Hoyas||Memphis Tigers|
|NR (3-1, 0-0); RPI: 204||#8 (2-1, 0-0); RPI: 60|
|Date:||November 23, 2011 ||Location:||Maui, HI|
|Time:||5:00 p.m ET ||Arena:||Lahaina Civic Center|
|Game Watch: Your Parents Basement|
(Perspectives After The Jump)
View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:
Well this is truly bizarre. Memphis twice in a season. Too bad John Calipari's not still coaching or I'd just have a glee fest if we beat them twice. Pastner is a lot more tasteful. This is the game Georgetown wanted to be in. The win over Chaminade was decent, with too many turnovers and some ultra soft defense on 3s. The good news for the Hoyas is that I think if they play like they did vs. Chaminade against Memphis, they win this one going away. Memphis is way way way way way way way overrated. Will Barton cannot shoot the rock for his life(remember when the Hoyas were recruiting him?), Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford are Tyreke Evans-lite in the sense they stay out of control 24/7, and Tarik Black is more of a foul machine than Jeff Withey. That all being said, Georgetown will have to watch for Memphis in transition because the Tigers do an exceptional job, much like Kansas, on fast break opportunities. Adonis Thomas is the real deal as well, so Georgetown will have to keep an eye on him. I'm about to board a bus for New York that hopefully doesn't take 8 hours like it did that one time. Provided I get there when I hope, I will get my sweat on at the gym and then watch the Hoyas trounce the Tigers for the first of two times this season.
View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:
Holiday season is officially upon us and before we touch on the game, it's time for OldHoya to impart some wisdom on the younger and less experienced gluttons among us. Hopefully everyone will be sitting down with family tomorrow - while often grueling, this is part of the game and you'll appreciate these chances to get together as you get older. Now for the important part - most of the softies in your house will be requesting white meat off the bird. As you carve a piece for those simpletons, laugh to yourself and relish the opportunity for more dark meat. It's a simple fact that the dark meat is tastier and will help you sleep more soundly in front of the tv during the football games. And if your family is splurging with a ham and a turkey, consider yourself blessed and load up for seconds - there is no bad part of a ham.
Now to the game. Yesterday was really the show that we need to see out of Clark - while that level of excellence probably isn't going to happen every game, his ability to lead the team, score in bunches, and fill the stat line will propel this year's team to where it needs to be. We're still early and we want to temper enthusiasm but Otto Porter is showing just what made him such a recruiting steal - this kid can really play. Memphis is well coached and has an incredible number of athletes who can really play and today's game will be a real test (and a preview of things to come this season and for the future once the Big East finally makes the official push to bring them into the conference). With Memphis coming off a double overtime game and the Hoyas relatively coasting through yesterday, expect fresh legs and some extra pressure on the ball.
Best wishes to all members of the Casual Family for this Thanksgiving
View from the Enemy- A Perspective from our Sleeping With The Enemy Interview:
No one likes one day turnarounds.
JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:
Hello again, friends. Well, that didn't take long! I am now back to an elevated level of nervousness and I can't say if it is a result of the game, or if it is because I have been handed one whopper of a Thanksgiving 'Honey-Do" list. I am now forced to race around all afternoon trying to do 28 things in two states and make it back to the bar in time to watch the Happy Hour Hoyas take on the Memphi$ Wildcat$, brought to you by FedEx.
I suppose that I am supposed to write something here about the other team, but I only caught the last 30 seconds of the 2nd OT. I am still excited by the Hoyas energy, but I am really nervous about our interior play. As always, 19 Coors Lights will help, in this regard.
View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Memphis -1. Over/under 141.
Memphis has struggled in both of its games in Maui thus far, being thoroughly outplayed by Michigan in the first round and barely surviving against a less talented Tennessee team in 2OT in the next. Georgetown on the other hand has been impressive in both its loss to Kansas and blowout of Chaminade. The -1 point line here is more of a nod of courtesy to Memphis's ranking than an endorsement of what might happen, and if Georgetown continues to play sound basketball, the Hoyas will cause this talented group of undisciplined athletes fits.
The pick is Georgetown +1. Final score Hoyas 77 - Memphis 71.
Casual Hoya is 1-3 ATS this season. Last season: 18-14 ATS. Overall: 41-25 ATS.
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