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Big Home Test: #20 Marquette Golden Eagles (12-2, 1-0) at #9 Georgetown Hoyas (12-1, 2-0)

Marquette Golden Eagles Georgetown Hoyas
Visitor vs. Georgetown
#20 (12-2, 1-0); RPI: 22 #9 (12-1, 2-0); RPI: 8
Date: January 4, 2012
Location: Washington, DC
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Verizon Center
TV: ESPNU Spread: Georgetown -5
Radio: ESPN980 Over/Under: 133.0
Online: SBN Affiliate: Anonymous Eagle
Casual Pregame: Iron Horse - 507 7th St. NW

(Perspectives After The Jump)

View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:

As I write this I'm preparing to head back to DC for this game. Very nervous about Marquette as they'll be out for blood despite barely edging surprisingly bottom feeding Villanova on Sunday. As many have noted, Marquette plays @ Syracuse after our game, and they more than likely see the game against us as more win-able than the one against the evil Orange. I expect both teams to come out with energy, but the key will be three fold. 1) The Hoyas must dominate the interior since Marquette is without starting center Chris Otule and play a 3 guard lineup. 2) The defense against DJO must be superb(calling Jabril Trawick). 3) Shots must fall for Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark. I think 3) is pretty likely, but who knows, we did see the Hoyas not make a SINGLE shot against Notre Dame last year to open Big East play. Once again, 3-0 is a lot different than 2-1, especially since early on, the Big East looks like a mess. So let's go get this W, to put me over .500 for games I've come back early for. Hoya Saxa.

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

First - Happy New Year Hoyas. Next - let's forget about the last game of 2011. That was brutal but the Hoyas withstood a late charged and got a win.

As we move into the New Year, the courtside view is quite good and the team appears able to withstand tough stretches in games. There's still an issue with who gets the ball when the Hoyas need to score but hopefully that gets resolved over the next few weeks.

We all know that Marquette will be a tough game but who knew that Jim McIlvaine is calling their games on the radio? For Hoya fans too young to remember, he was Frederic Weis before there was a Frederic Weis but actually had ONE nice play as a Washington Bullet.

New Years Resolution: To keep verbally assaulting John Cahill at Verizon. I have fun with a lot of refs; but I really don't like this one.

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

I think Henry Sims and Otto Porter and Hollis Thompson drink our milkshake. I've never been great at final score predictions, so I'll just say: Hoyas by eight.

JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:


Well, that last game was fun! Nothng like an unplanned vodka pregame to a black tie soiree. Enough said.

Tonight, we take on the Marquette Golden Somethings. I must admit that my nervousness level was much lower prior to my discovery that the GODDAMMED DOLANS and their awful Cablevision empire decided to screw up my cable. Let's just say that I am now familiar with the term 'pixelation'. I also now know that this 'pixelation' cannot be fixed remotely and that there are ZERO available technician appointment available for Wednesday. Do you know what else I know? THERE IS NO PIXELATION ON BRAVO! I can watch all of the desperate matchmaking, basketball housewives: Austin, TX (Live with Andy Cohen!), that I can handle! This issue is specific to a few select channels. You know what I couldn't watch??? Alabama and Tech. You know why? The pixelation was so bad on this channel that I was getting about 8 squares or dots, or whatever per second. You know who plays on that channel on Wednesday? That's right, kids. This is a bad omen that has caused my Nervousness Level to creep back into the OH CRAP! zone. I probably would have been in this zone regardless of the opponent. This is simply Jahidi being Jahidi.

Marquette almost always plays the Hoyas close. Dapper Buzz always gets everything from his guys and always looks like he is 5 breaths from a major coronary episode. I get the sense that this team is going to get the same treatment the refs gave them during the PC game. I would love to see #14 play through this and finish, regardless of whistles being swallowed. However, the twitterz tell that the last few days in McDonough have been stellar practice sessions. Who the hell knows?!?!? Meanwhile, if you see a guy doing yoga breathing on the commuter train between 5:30 and 6:30, you will know it is me.

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

The Line: Georgetown -5. Over/under 133.

The Golden Eagles were a top 10 team just a week ago and now are getting 5 points against a team that just cracked the top 10 and coming off an ugly 9 point win against Providence, which just so happened to be the first game all season the Hoyas failed to cover against the spread. I think the game against the Friars served as Big East wake-up call for the Hoyas and don't think they'll be as sluggish in this one, especially with some students back from break and making noise in Verizon. Marquette has no size. Size matters.

The pick is Georgetown -5. Final score Hoyas 72 - Golden Eagles 66.

Casual Hoya is 8-5 ATS this season.
Last season: 18-14.
Overall 48-27. Where Your Money Stays And Plays.