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Huge Road Test, Again: #9 Georgetown Hoyas (20-5, 9-4) vs. #13/12 Connecticut Huskies (19-5, 7-5)

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#9 (20-5, 9-4); RPI: 5 #13/12 (19-5, 7-5); RPI: 14
Date: February 16, 2011
Location: Hartford, CT
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: XL Center
TV: MASN Spread: UConn -2.5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: n/a
Online: ESPN3.com SBN Affiliate: The UConn Blog
Game Watch: Iron Horse - 507 7th St. NW


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

Wow! The seniors are stepping up and we are on a roll. The Marquette game was very exciting, and the atmosphere was pretty thrilling for most of the game. I took my roommate to his first Georgetown game (he is only here for a semester) and he could not have enjoyed it more. We tore into each Golden Eagle coming through the tunnel and really got into the "Off the Court" chant when Buzz Williams decided he wanted to play point-guard. Finding a way to win is key in March, and right now this team has the swagger required. Hopefully we don’t lose that like we lost our Mojo over Christmas Break.

UConn is a good team, but if we get a win tonight it will be even more impressive. Since we came back to win from being down by 19 in last year’s Verizon Center match, it is hard for me to use revenge as a motivation. However, I am still not a fan of their program. And no, Jim Calhoun, you are still a cheater no matter how many times you say you didn’t do anything wrong. We need to keep the streak alive. Hoya Saxa!

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

Let's go band-aid theory on this: OldHoya is traveling this evening and will likely miss some of the game. Though tragic, the worst part is that the trip is to Rochester, New York. And if anyone knows OldHoya or his colleague, itsallthatmatters, they understand that for certain people, airplanes aren't much fun.

There's no doubt that this is a big game and interestingly, OldHoya's courtside companion thinks that the Georgetown frontcourt is going to shine this evening with the Wright-Walker matchup leading to something of a stalemate. If that's the case, we've all got reason to celebrate as there's little doubt that Austin is playing the best ball of his career and can outplay UConn's wings.

As Jason Reid identified in this morning's column, defense is ultimately going to win this game and keeping Kemba Walker down will be tough. Over the years, UConn has had some dynamic wings and Walker is establishing his place alongside them. Ray Allen's shot to topple Georgetown at the Garden remains one of the toughest losses that OldHoya has ever taken but tonight, with a surging offense and an equally impressive, OldHoya expects Georgetown to take another step in what has become a fascinating season.

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

I'd like to think that UConn found some answers against Providence, the shooters will be back on track and we can pay you back for the past couple of years. That just seems like a bit too much of a reach at the moment though. I'll say Georgetown 68 -- UConn 62.

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:

SEVERE

There have been many reasons given why we came out and took care of business in the second half against Marquette and I would like to offer up one of my own. I made the switch from Miller Lite to Coors Light at the half. La Bala de Plata has been the primary fuel that has gotten me through the last few weeks. It was there against Nova, it was there in spirit against The Dome Idiots (I had 2 and couldn't drink another...NERVES) and it came through in the VC against the Golden Rods, or whatever their mascot is this year.

On to the Devil-Bearded Kembas. I guess they had another guy show up against The Marshon Brooks'? This game is going to be tough. I think the DBK will come out looking for blood at 'home' because they are getting desperate. They are also a youngish team and that scares the living hell out of me. My nervousness level has been ratcheted up to SEVERE. We are still playing for a double bye and the chance to watch their coach turn beet red and then ghost white in one game. I hope Ms. MIchel can work some more of that voodoo on #15 and his tender ankle. The Hoyas need to stay in front of that logjam that is directly in the rear-view mirror.

I am going to be useless by the BET.

Number of Beverages: 5 Delicious Coors Lights

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

The Line: UConn -2.5

Kemba femba bo bemba banafana mo memba, fee fi fo bemba, Kemba!

Georgetown is UNDEFEATED Against The Spread as a road underdog of 3 points or less this season and 7-3 ATS in all road games. Kemba may post a big number in the box score, but the number in my bank account at the end of the evening is all that matters. The only thing that can take down the Hoyas is this GUSA crap.

The pick is Georgetown +2.5. Final score Hoyas 73 - UConn 68.

Casual Hoya is 16-9 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.

www.CasualHoya.com: Where Your Money Stays And Plays.