View from the Student Section - A Youthful Perspective from Campus:
This is gonna be great. Another matchup against a ranked team except this one (probably) won't be affected by an excess of moisture! Can't say I'm terribly encouraged by the news about Shabazz's eligibility. Sure, it'll make it look even more impressive when we beat them, but I would rather take my chances against the #13 team in the country without them having the luxury of being able to use the 2nd-ranked recruit from last year. In any case, I'm excited to see how this team responds to a higher level of competition. I don't think anybody will disagree that the Hoyas played down to their competition the last two games, so maybe they'll turn it up a notch against a quality team. With Otto sounding like he's going to be a game-time decision, it looks like the scoring is again going to have to come from Whittington and Hopkins (and DSR, to an extent). Also, can anybody tell me what the deal is with Markel? Like did he exchange a basketball with some teenager during a lightning strike and consequently have his basketball powers turned over to a random kid? I need to see more from Markel or I'll join the rest of you in calling for a change at starting point. I won't be able to make it out to the Iron Horse this time around, but I'll be watching in the Man Cave with a few buddies and brews. I could really use a win here to get the Delusion Train rolling. Hoya Saxa!
View from the Court Side Seats - A Wise Perspective from OldHoya:
OldHoya is excited to see Georgetown and UCLA square off in a battle between of basketball's best programs. He remembers vividly the John Wooden era and being envious of the program's dominance in the 70s. In the 80s however, Georgetown emerged on the college hoops scene and has secured its own rightful place in history. It is odd but perhaps appropriate that these two titans will do battle in a brand new arena tonight in Brooklyn, as both feature players that they hope will usher them into another era of dominance. Shabazz Muhammed will debut for UCLA and Otto Porter will hopefully play for the Hoyas, and both players will undoubtedly battle for years to come in the NBA.
View from the Cheap Seats - A Nervous Perspective from JahidiLikesPie:
Tonight is going to be a mess. I am going to the game in the BK and then trekking back to Westchester only to wake up for a 6:30 am flight. Should be fun. I have done this dance before. I likely won't be home before 1 am. It is going to be great fun going straight into my company's DC office after likely enjoying too many of Jay-Z's fine assortment of liquid refreshment.
Regarding the actual game, I am not going to sugarcoat this... I am scared shitless of this game. After watching the first 2 dumpfests, I don't share the same optimism as the blog's resident homer, HoyaSinceBirth. I seriously think that we could lose this game by 12 points. I am really nervous about this game and my alcohol consumption will reflect that nervousness.
Nervousness Level: Oh Shit!
View from the DJ Booth - A Musical Perspective from lordnick:
No more screwing around against high school teams (or bizarre games at sea). This is the real deal. Invite over a neighbor. Clean up the empty boxes of Chinese food. Pour a glass of red wine. AND TURN THE STEREO ALL THE WAY UP.
View from the Sports Book - An Unbiased Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: UCLA -6. Over/under 128.
This line opened at UCLA -5.5 and quickly moved all the way to -6.5 in some spots before settling at the current -6, with everyone jizzing over the debut of Shabazz Muhammad for UCLA. Georgetown is a good defensive team and I expect the Hoyas length to cause both Larry Drew and Jordan Adams fits. If UCLA struggles to score, this will be a close game throughout and it's anyone's guess as to who might pull it out.
The pick is Georgetown +6. Final score Hoyas 67 - Bruins 62.
Casual Hoya is 1-0 ATS this season.