|Georgetown Hoyas||Pittsburgh Panthers|
|#9/10 (16-3, 6-2); RPI: 12||NR (12-9, 1-7); RPI: 91|
|Date:||January 28, 2012 ||Location:||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Time:||4:00 p.m ET ||Arena:||Petersen Events Center|
|Online:||ESPN3.com||SBN Affiliate:||Cardiac Hill|
|Game Watch: Iron Horse 507 7th St. NW|
(Perspectives After The Jump)
View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:
To say it is sweet justice to see Pitt at 1-7 in conference play would be an understatement. I greatly dislike Pitt. I greatly dislike Dejuan Blair and I greatly dislike Jamie Dixon. That being said I still think the Ppanthers are a dangerous team. Nasir Robinson has no business being a decent Big East player but somehow he always kills teams with his annoyingly efficient offensive game (that's what happens when you're a garbage man). The Hoyas must shoot the ball with some semblance of effectiveness to win this game. I said we have to go 4-0 against St Johns, Depaul, Rutgers, and Pitt to stay in the Big East race. So far, so good. You know what they say....if you can't go to college go to Pitt! Cheers.
View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:
Let's lead with the good: ROAD TRIP. That's right, folks, OldHoya and the Missus are hoping in the OldMobile for a trip to Pittsburgh. It's been a while since OldHoya was last at a game in Pittsburgh but this will actually mark the second road game in a row for the family. Rest assured, people, OldHoya isn't shedding many tears on losing Pitt to the ACC (and who the hell are the brain surgeons who think that Pitt - or the ACC - are about to have dominant football?). The story's been told before but in many years of watching Hoya basketball, Pitt has some of the most violent and offensive fans in the game. Old sat back and listened to some venom spouted at Allen Iverson and then, while leaving the gym, actually had to get up close and personal with some Pitt fans who had had one too many. Unlike the West Virginia fans who could be jerks on the court but were generally good for a beer after the game, the Pitt fans obviously harbor some pretty serious issues and we won't miss them as they move to the "greener pastures."
A word about tomorrow's game - nervous. As readers know, OldHoya is nothing if not a homer, but Pitt is fighting for its life and is a pretty hard edged team. Jesus, Coach Dixon is liable to kill someone at any minute. Georgetown has to put them away early because once Pitt loses confidence, their whole game disappears but saying that and doing it are 2 different things.
View from the Enemy- A Perspective from our Sleeping With The Enemy Interview:
CH: Pitt has been fairly competitive in their last three games against Marquette, Syracuse, and Louisville, so I think they play respectably ... especially since Georgetown's offense has struggled at times. But I don't expect Pitt to win and I think they lose something like 68 - 60.
PB: I'd love to predict a Pitt win. I'd also love to predict numbers for the Mega Millions lottery. Given the way things have gone, I'll stick with pessimism and say Pitt loses 73-68.
JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:
Round 1 of our defection comeuppance tour didn't go so well as Kevin Jones decided to make our front line look absolutely foolish and made me want to beat Teddy and throw him in the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Round 2 takes place in another DREADFUL locale. I have been to Pittsburgh twice. Both times in the fall, and both times I didn't see the sun. After visiting the city, I could see why they were so crazy about their sports teams. WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU GET EXCITED ABOUT?!?!? Having said that, I am sick of Pittsburgh sports fans. They are just NOT fun to be around. A little entitled, if you ask me.
On the surface, The Panthers appear to be one hot mess. Make no mistake, though. Their whiny coach with the 'American Psycho' haircut knows how to coach against our system (ok, maybe not so much coach, as cheat and grab). Plus, the fact that this is the epitome of a trap game has me back up to a HOLY CRAP level of nervousness. In order to battle this extreme level of nervousness, I will be hitting the TRIBECA TAPHOUSE long before the tip in order to make it all better. Please find me and introduce yourself. I would love to insult you and have you buy me a drink! I am certain that I will be tired of insulting JGD and making him buy me drinks at some point!
View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Pitt -3. Over/under 131.
This is the kind of line that makes no sense to the squares of the world who rush to the betting window throwing all their lunch money on the 10th ranked Hoyas against the woeful Pitt Panthers. But here's the thing: Vegas was built on money from squares. Should the Hoyas win this game? Absolutely. But Vegas doesn't care about any of that. The Hoyas are 8-6 ATS this season, but a whopping 1-6 ATS in their last seven games. If the Hoyas want respect from Vegas, they'll have to earn it. Today is a good first step, as since Pitt trots out only two guys above 6'5", I expect to see a heavy dose of Sims. My money's on the big fella to deliver the W. I am already regretting it.
The pick is Georgetown +3. Final score Hoyas 76 - Pitt 71.
Casual Hoya is 10-8-1 ATS this season.
Last season: 18-14 ATS.
Overall: 50-30-1 ATS.
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