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Peanut Gallery: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. Georgetown Hoyas

What some Hoyas are thinkin' about the Hoyas.

View from the DJ Booth - A Musical Perspective from lordnick:

I know we've had some rough times this year with the Blog DJ. We had a good run with The Cranberries for so long, then the perhaps ill-conceived foray into classical piano. But you know what? It worked out. 2-1 against Cuse, a #2 seed in the tournament. A REALISTIC SHOT TO MAKE IT INTO THE SECOND WEEKEND AND NOT BRING SHAME DOWN UPON THE ENTIRE PROGRAM AGAIN. So there's nothing left to do, but go to work. Take it, Huey.

View from the Student Section - A Youthful Perspective from Campus

So guys, I've done a little thinking lately. After speaking to various authority figures (my professors, my parents, President DiGioia, Otto, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, that guy at Greenpeace, His Holiness Pope Francisco I, holographic Tupac), I have come to the conclusion that I have to be a little more positive and not focus on the negatives so much. The following is how I expect this game to pan out:

The game starts out amazing for us. Mikael, instead of tipping the ball backwards, as he normally does, decides to tip the ball forward, but by "tip", I mean "swat". Mikael, in all of his greatness, hits the ball so hard that it actually goes into the opponent's basket for a three-pointer, and Georgetown jumps on top with just one second running off the clock. Next, Georgetown's press, headed up by the peskiness of the well-versed Markel Starks and his million dollar smile forces Florida Gulf Coast into 25 consecutive turnovers without getting the ball past half court. Each one of these turnovers results in a dunk for Mikael, as he scores every point in the game and has 53 at the under-12 timeout. JTIII can't let all of these guys get TOO tired of winning, so in come Moses, AirBow, and DSR. Otto, perplexed at how he has yet to accrue any statistics, realizes there's a reason for having a Casual Award named after him and goes to work. In the span of two minutes, Otto purposely misses 5 layups so he can get the rebound and score again, boosting his line to 10 points in 5 minutes, at which point he takes himself out of the game so David Allen can have a chance to play in the NCAA tournament (#ottoporterfacts). Allen hits 7 consecutive threes, with Moses' shot-blocking ability still preventing FGCU from scoring at all. At half time, Georgetown leads 89-0.

Half time will be even more Casual. Instead of fielding a performance from both the Georgetown and FGCU cheerleaders, halftime will instead feature a two performances by the FGCU cheerleaders, one in their original outfits, and one in Georgetown uniforms. After realizing how much more fulfilling it is to root for such a splendid school, the lovely ladies will all decide to transfer to Georgetown, where they give the cheerleading squad (and student body) a much-appreciated boost. After the performance, the camera will pan to the sideline, where the FGCU coach will be engaged in a heated squabble with his hot supermodel wife. The wife will pull her ring off, throw it at the coach, and proceed to center court where she will be joined by Kate Upton, who will ride the ACTUAL Wells Fargo Wagon into the arena. The ladies will throw their heavy winter clothes to reveal Georgetown-themed dance outfits/bikinis and will do the cat daddy and dougie for the remainder of halftime.

Could it possibly get any better after half time? You bet your Hoya ass it could. Nate's father, who is actually a basketball coach (WHO KNEW?!) will come out of the locker room to assistant coach. Also, so his son might be able to enjoy a nice massage and cigar to celebrate his winning Coach of the Year, John Thompson Jr. will take over head coaching duties for the remainder of the game. Under the direction of Big John, Georgetown will continue its assault of FGCU's meager squad. With 2 minutes left, Otto will actually hand the ball to an FGCU player so he may attempt an open layup because Otto just wants the other team to experience what it is like to score sometime (#moreottoporterfacts). Georgetown will finish the game perfect from the field AND the free throw line en route to a 187-2 victory. Nobody storms the court because that's totally gauche and Doug Gottlieb, Pete Thamel, and Jim Boeheim all spontaneously combust upon the sounding of the final horn. Casual.

View from the Cheap Seats - A Nervous Perspective from JahidiLikesPie:

Oh God, please let this be a relaxing game. Please, please, please let this be a relaxing game.

Nervousness Level: Shit's Creek Nervous. Can't be any higher though it will be if we get to play Sunday.

View from the Sports Book
- An Unbiased Perspective from Vegas:

The Line: Georgetown -13.5. Over/under 123.5.

FGCU is undefeated ATS this season at 4-0, which means that in all 4 of their games in which a point spread was available they've covered it, with 3 of those 4 ATS wins coming on neutral courts and the other on the road. The 3 neutral court games were each of FGCU's last three games in the A-Sun Tournament, which means that not only is FGCU unbeaten against the spread this season, but it is riding a 3-game ATS winning streak onto the streets of Philadelphia. But how are they going to score against Georgetown?

The pick is Georgetown -13.5. Final score Hoyas 72 - Eagles 51.

Casual Hoya is 18-9 ATS this season.

Overall 74-43-1.