|Pittsburgh Panthers||Georgetown Hoyas|
|NR (17-15, 5-13); RPI: 95||#13/14 (22-7, 12-6); RPI: 10|
|Date:||March 6, 2012 ||Location:||New York, NY|
|Time:||2:00 p.m ET ||Arena:||Madison Square Garden|
|Online:||ESPN3.com||SBN Affiliate:||Cardiac Hill|
|Game Watch: YOUR DESK|
(Perspectives After The Jump)
View from the Student Section - A Perspective from Campus:
Nothing happened last Saturday as far as I'm concerned except the illegal importation of 3 Chinese PLA members to ref a college basketball game. Now that I'm in New York though, we're ready to do some work. Make no mistake, this is a business trip. I've been to MSG every single year of my college career, and there's nothing quite like it(yes that includes Nikita-ing shots like it's your job). Last time I was here this year, we smacked St. John's around by 20. But to be honest, I want another shot at Pitt. That is most certainly the first game that comes to mind when I think of games we should have won this year. Actually, we should have won nearly every one of our games, except Marquette, where I actually think we were significantly outplayed(the refs wouldn't have made the difference). Nothing would make me happier than to chant, "Hire Howland", and "NIT" at Jamie Dixon on his whiny way out of MSG. Pitt sucks, Ashton Gibbs can't do anything except shoot and miss, Dante Taylor is still a stiff, and Nasir Robinson still has no business being a decent basketball player. Oh and Jack Cooley for most improved, you have to be sh*tting me. Does Mike Brey get a thousand votes, or does Fab Melo get all the votes? Cause those are the only two people who should be impressed with that stiff. WE GO HARD IN THA MOTHA F*CKIN PAINT. #garden30
View from the Court Side Seats - A Perspective from OldHoya:
Today kicks off another run at Big East glory for the Hoyas, and unfortunately OldHoya cannot make the trip for Game 1. However, this means good things for his coworkers, as Tournament time means pizza and TV for all during working hours. OldHoya looks forward to making it up to the Garden for tomorrow's game and fully expects Georgetown to be playing since things can't go any worse against Pitt than they did last time around, right?
Realistically, this is another tough game against a physical opponent, who is likely riding something of a high following the St. John's win. This is Pitt's final go round in the Big East (enjoy the dredges of the ACC, fellas) and their backs are against the wall. Georgetown needs to come out firing.
View from the Enemy- A Perspective from our Sleeping With The Enemy Interview:
I really hate to pick against Pitt and I do think they can win. But when approaching these types of things, I always think about who I would take if money were on the line. And in that case, I'd take Georgetown - something like 68-62.
Yeah, I don't see Pitt putting together another game like that. Pitt is so beat-up anyways that even the second game in two days will wear down guys like Woodall and Robinson. I expect Pitt to make it scary for a while, into the second half, but slowly. Painfully, your guys pull away to win 68-55.
JahidiLikesPie Nervous Level:
I don't know whether to cry or laugh. We should be happy with a 5 seed because we were picked to finish 10th in the league to start. I want to cry because Pitt scares the shit out of me. Nasir the goatbeard and his treacherous friends are the worst. As JGD can attest, these guys caused the birth of Captain Fury. I don't like that name. I like to relax and watch basketball. Something tells me that I won't relax tomorrow afternoon. I am severely nervous because they tend to lock us down. I want to win and I want to watch. These two things aren't going to come very easy.
View from the Sportsbook (via DonBest) - A Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Georgetown -5.5. Over/Under 123.
Do you guys know that Pitt kind of stinks? After they shellacked the Hoyas at Pitt and everyone suddenly thought Pitt was ready to go on a massive run and make the Dance, they stumbled to a 2-6 finish down the stretch. Of course, none of that matters since against Georgetown, Pitt always plays well.
Since I fully expect that the homeless Pitt alums in NYC will manage to find their way into MSG and make this a Pitt heavy crowd, this one will be a lot closer than it should be. The fact that every BET game was a blowout last night naturally means that one of these is bound to be TIGHT. Hold on to your butts.
The pick is Pitt +5.5. Final score Hoyas 67 - Pitt 62.
Casual Hoya is 16-12-1 ATS this season.
Last season: 18-14 ATS.
Overall: 54-34-1 ATS.
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