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Showtime at the Dome! #11 Georgetown Hoyas (18-5, 7-4) vs. #12/13 Syracuse Orange (20-4, 7-4)

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#11 (18-5, 7-4); RPI: 5 #12/13 (20-4, 7-4); RPI: 17
Date: February 9, 2011
Location: Syracuse, NY
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Carrier Dome
TV: ESPN Spread: Georgetown +4.5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 139.5
Online: ESPN3.com SBN Affiliate: Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Game Watch: Iron Horse - 507 7th St. NW


(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

I don't like Cuse. Not their players, not their fans, and definitely not their students. Heck, I disliked all my classmates that went their from my high school before they even applied. I think our team feels the same way about Cuse. That is one of the reasons I believe we have a better shot at winning than the 29% chance KenPom gives us. The other reason is that we have a team that can really shoot and hopefully will pull Cuse’s zone out far enough to let Julian do work inside. The day has come; it is time for the yearly juicing of the orange. Hoya Saxa!

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

Ladies and gentleman, we've reached the climax of Georgetown's first act and it all hinges on what happens in that god forsaken wasteland of upstate New York.

On to the more important details - this is an interesting role reversal with Cuse battling back from a losing skid just like Georgetown was a few weeks back. Similar to Georgetown and its offense, everyone knows what the Orange will throw out on the defensive end. It's been an effective strategy for years but with the Hoyas finally rounding back into form and shooting the ball well, this zone is vulnerable. And with Julian getting after it the past few games, the matchup with Rick Jackson should tilt in Georgetown's favor.

This will be a tough battle but let's not kid ourselves, Georgetown has reestablished themselves as a dominant team nationally and with a great road win like Nova already under its belts, the Hoyas march to victory in a tough game.

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

How do you ever see a Syracuse-Georgetown game playing out? Especially when both teams are so capable and yet have their flaws that tend to come and go at will? Every time I try to predict one of these games its way off because, and I know it's cliche, but when these two teams get together it makes for a crazy game almost every time.

The Orange have made it their mission to dig themselves into the most gigantic hole possible to start a game and then try to climb out. I feel like that's how things will start out. Slowly but surely the Orange will work their way back into it, hopefully someone will put a patch over Scoop Jardine's wandering eye. And then we'll see a patented, tense, crazy second half.

It "should" be a battle of defenses. Which one breaks first? I'm hoping Georgetown's, obviously, and I'll say the Orange eek out a 57-54 home win.

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:

OH CRAP

As I sit here in my office typing, The Hoyas have probably made their way up into the womb of Satan's Mistress and are preparing to do battle at the birthplace of all EVIL! Here in Bloggywood, it has been an interesting few days. In addition to all of the stereotypes that the DOME IDIOT faithful have proven to be true, we have learned that they love them some PhotoShop. I mean, who knew that Fergie and Edward The Longshanks rooted for our team? Personally, I have learned to not work myself up too soon. The last two days would have been brutal, had it not been for work.

I am trying to type but I can already feel something gnawing at my stomach. I know that the original color scheme indicated that RED was the highest level, but that doesn't come close to representing how I am feeling. Seven wins in a row in a brutal conference? Beating the team representing the worst this planet has to offer? JTIII's first win in that hell hole? I can feel the pressure building in my head just thinking about it. I am certain that I will be dunking my head in a bucket of iced vodka by the time the game starts.

Official Level of Nervousness: OH CRAP

I will be attempting to not having any beverages tonight; likelihood: LOW

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

The Line: Georgetown +4.5

Lost in Georgetown's six game winning streak is that I am currently on a three game ATS losing streak! EGADS! Tonight, however, my streak will come to an end on the back of the deft outside shooting touch of The Hoya Trinity and Georgetown's senior leadership. It doesn't hurt that Georgetown is 7-1 ATS in games after they give up 80 points, so if I win this one I'll be sending Marshon Brooks a nicely worded thank you note. The only thing that worries me is that I don't know which side Scoop Jardine's uncle likes in this one, but I'll take my chances.

The pick is Georgetown +4.5 Final score Hoyas 69 - Orange 66.

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

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