|Va. Commonwealth Rams||Georgetown Hoyas|
|#11 (24-11); RPI: 47||#6 (21-10, 10-8); RPI: 13|
|Date:||March 18, 2011 ||Location:||Chicago, IL|
|Time:||9:50 p.m. ET ||Arena:||United Center|
|Online:||NCAA On-Demand||SBN Affiliate:||n/a|
|Casual Gamewatch: Iron Horse Tap Room - 507 7th St. (Downstairs)|
(Perspectives After The Jump)
View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:
The student body has waited a full year for the Hoyas to get back to the Tournament and start kicking ass, and we're all excited the time has finally arrived! My friends and I have tried to do the exact opposite of everything we did on this day last year so as to avoid a similar outcome, which means we haven't brushed our teeth, showered, or eaten. We are prepared to die for a win. There's not much I can say aside from that I hope the players know how much support they have from all of their classmates on campus, and win or lose that will always be there. Go Hoyas. Beat VCU.
View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:
And now we enter the final chapter of the season and the one where legends are made. Let's be honest - last year's trip to the NCAA was a disaster and this year's Big East Tournament game wasn't much better but as OldHoya boards his afternoon flight to Chicago, there's a feeling that something different is in play and quite simply, it's the return of Chris Wright.
Chris might not start the game but I think we all agree that he will finish it and be key in containing VCU's trigger happy point guard. More importantly, though, Chris provides a steady hand after directing the offense since Jonathan Wallace left. Even with Chris's impending return to the court, the Georgetown faithful yearn to see the drive and determination that was this team's calling card during the dominant run through the Big East.
The Tournament is always bittersweet, but this year is extra special as we witness the final run for Chris, Austin, and Julian (and Ryan, of course - who is leading the team in field goal percentage). Most of the readers of this esteemed Global Phenomenon passed through their early twenties years ago but looking back, if someone had told you that you'd only have 120 chances to do the one thing you loved (and for most readers, that probably means stumbling out of the Tombs in a drunken stupor), you'd have laughed. Well, for the four seniors, their 120 game college career is nearly over. As they take the court against VCU, take the advice of a longtime fan, and leave nothing on the court.
View from the Enemy- A Perspective from our Sleeping With The Enemy Interview:
I will never pick against my boys. VCU bias wins 71-65.
JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:
VCU scared the living hell out of me on Wednesday, then I watched MOREHEAD and Richmond do work. The good thing is, come tipoff, I will have had the entire day to watch another round of upsets send me over the edge. I am ecstatic that Wright is back. Or is he? According to Greg Doyel, the youtube link that showed our open practice was a propaganda piece that was staged in an airplane hangar. Anyway... I hope bionic hand #4 will give us the jolt that we need to get out of this rut. This perceived jolt will also catapult my nervousness back up to OH CRAP levels. Damn you, hope.
I have a birthday dinner before the game tonight. This probably means that I will consume more than I normally would have at dinner. This also means that my after dinner drink request will be to have a BUCKET of Grappa placed in front of me. I will then proceed to duck my head in the bucket and take long, hard pulls.
Here's to hoping we can do this again on Sunday!
View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Georgetown -5. Over/under 133.5
Do you expect an 11 seed CAA team that just played two nights ago to be able to fly from Ohio to Chicago and adequately prepare for and cover a 5 point spread against a Big East team with the #1 strength of schedule IN ALL OF THE LAND that will be getting an injection IN THE BUTT from its fearless leader Chris Wright? Well, neither does Vegas. This game opened with Georgetown as a 4 point favorite and the line has moved to -5. THE SMART MONEY IS ON GEORGETOWN. What does that mean? Absolutely nothing, but I'm not yet ready to die. We haven't waited a full year for redemption to be gutted by these goobers.
The pick is Georgetown -5. Final score Hoyas 72 - Rams 61.
Casual Hoya is 18-13 ATS. Last season: 22-8 ATS.
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