|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||Georgetown Hoyas|
|#19/20 (20-9, 12-4); RPI: 41||#12/11 (21-6, 11-5); RPI: 12|
|Date:||February 27, 2012 ||Location:||Washington, DC|
|Time:||7:00 p.m. ET ||Arena:||Verizon Center|
|Online:||ESPN3.com||SBN Affiliate:||One Foot Down|
|Casual Pregame: Iron Horse - 507 7th St. NW|
(Perspectives After The Jump)
View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:
I really don't like Notre Dame, and haven't since I was little. The hard fact of the matter is that Georgetown has not beaten Notre Dame since I've been a student. We are due. I've seen them win twice at the Joyce Center and once when we were wearing the spiffiest uniforms of all time(yeah the silver Jordans). Enough is enough. Mike Brey comes into the DMV and gets everyone's least favorite recruits(last choices), then runs a hack offense, essentially admitting his team is not good enough to beat a good team in a real game of basketball, and has a team that plays zero defense. That being said they're damn good and we need to beat them. I want to absolutely PUNK Notre Dame (in the sense of multiple alley oops, Jabril Trawick jamming in someone's grill, Jack Cooley looking like the 6th grade rec player that he is, and Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant being shown why they were DMV D listers). Let's honor these seniors, thank Henry and Jason for 4 great years. WE GO HARD IN THE MOTHA F*CKIN PAINT!
View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:
Like the rest of Hoya Nation, OldHoya would like to take a few minutes to salute this year's departing seniors, Jason Clark and Henry Sims. No matter your chosen path, but particularly in sports, one gets very few moments to shine and for a college basketball player, it's usually somewhere just north of 100. Henry and Jason have sacrificed a lot of their lives for our entertainment these past four years and those of us courtside have appreciated it tremendously. Their talent has been unmistakable since they first arrived on the Hilltop but their paths to senior glory have been complete contrasts, with Jason assuming a major role from his first days and Henry having to earn that position over 3 years. Hopefully all the Casualties have recovered from their Saturday (or Friday thru Sunday) hangovers and will take the early bus to Verizon to salute these two. OldHoya damn sure will and they deserve it.
As regards to tonight, let's be sure that no one wears a mock turtleneck. Quite simply, there is no excuse for being a Notre Dame fan. Unfortunately, recent history has been unkind in this battle and the Hoyas will need an excellent effort to top what has been a shockingly good Irish team. See you there.
View from the Enemy- A Perspective from our Sleeping With The Enemy Interview:
This game triggers a couple of KenPom red flags for me. First off, the Hoyas are comfortable playing at a slow pace, so the Burn doesn't really bother them. Secondly, you guys are big, and actually use that size (38th in effective height). Nightmare scenario is Hoyas use their size to get Cooley in foul trouble, and either Atkins or Grant do something stupid and relegate themselves to the bench at the same time. The Irish start slow like they did against Nova and St. John's, only Georgetown is too good of a basketball team to let them crawl back in.
Georgetown has the home court, but the Verizon Center isn't the most intimidating atmosphere, especially with a healthy amount of Irish alums in the area (I was at the game in '09, fun times). The last time JT3 beat Brey was in January of 2008, and I think the Irish manage to keep that streak going in a very, very close one.
JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:
I am having a really tough time forming a complete sentence after Saturday's antics. Drinking Natty Boh's out of a can until 2 AM will do that to a person.
I am severely nervous about tonight's game. Who would have thought this would have been the case a few months ago? I am going to return to the fetal position under my desk now. I just hope I can stay awake until 7 PM. Getting old is the worst.
View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Georgetown -6.5. Over/under 118.5.
The Hoyas' last three losses have come away from the friendly confines of Verizon, but they're just 3-5 ATS at Verizon this year. Notre Dame has won and covered the last three games between these two teams, and though I think Georgetown should pull this one out on Senior Night, Notre Dame's three point devils should be able to hit some late crap to salvage the cover.
The pick is Notre Dame +6.5. Final score Hoyas 68 - Irish 62.
Casual Hoya is 15-11-1 ATS this season.
Last season: 18-14.
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