Friarblog: What’s Georgetown been up to since we last met?
Casual Hoya: You mean other than Gym, Tanning, and Laundry? We played Syracuse and lost which sucked, but other than that we’re playing some good basketball, developing some casual chemistry, winning games we should win and avoiding any catastrophic losses. Things have actually been nice so far, and thank you very much for asking. You are very polite.
Friarblog: What were your impressions of Ed Cooley’s Friars after watching the first game in DC? What surprised you the most?
Casual Hoya: To be honest I was most struck at the resemblance between Cooley and The Wire’s Prop Joe, so for the first 30 minutes of the game I was quite distracted. I will say, however, that what impressed me the most about the Friars was that they didn’t quit and kept coming at the Hoyas, erasing a 14 point deficit and causing some panic within the fanbase that one of the aforementioned catastrophic losses might occur in what was Georgetown’s first Big East home game. The Friars have a good, young talented core and it won’t be too long before they’re back in the top tier of the Conference, which is good for everyone involved.
Friarblog: How have the Hoyas fared on the road this year? Does visiting the Dunk give you any cause for concern?
Casual Hoya: Three of Georgetown’s four conference losses have come on the road, but I don’t think that makes the Hoyas a suspect road team as those losses came at WVU, Pitt, and Syracuse. I don’t perceive The Dunk has a tough place to play per se, though I do note that the friars beat Louisville by 80 points not too long ago. Frankly after starting the season in China and recently nearly beating Syracuse in front of 30,000 ugly people in Canada, the nice folks in Providence don’t really keep me up at night.
Friarblog: What adjustments do you see the team making after seeing what the Friars are all about already?
Casual Hoya: This is a basic answer, but I’m going to go with making shots. Georgetown shot a woeful 30% from the floor in that first encounter, with Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson combining to go 4 for 21. Minutes-wise you’re going to see a pretty similar distribution as you did back then, as Otto Porter will contribute starter minutes to what has become a 9-man rotation. Defensively, Georgetown has utilized its perimeter length to deploy a very effective zone, which I suspect with give the Friars fits.
Friarblog: This year Georgetown has wildly exceeded expectations. Where’s the bar set for performing in the NCAA Tournament? Or is everything pretty much gravy at this point?
Casual Hoya: Gravy my ass. Even though this team has certainly exceeded expectations, the bad taste from the 1st round departures in the previous two NCAA Tournaments lingers. While some will suggest just getting out of the first round would mint a successful season, at this point the Hoyas are looking like a 3 seed and the Sweet Sixteen should be attainable.
Friarblog: Deep down, are you depressed that Syracuse is leaving the conference after next season?
Casual Hoya: Depressed, no. Pissed, yes. We all hate Syracuse and rightfully so, but the Orange are our biggest rival and nothing incites both fanbases more than when our game approaches on the calendar. I’m pissed that the fruity powers that be chose to grab the bags of money that come with football instead of banding together with their basketball bros like us, but I’m not going to mope about it. Syracuse will leave but there are new and exciting rivalries to develop. I’m already amped about SMU and looking forward to visiting the town where they filmed “Most Eligible Dallas.”
Friarblog: If you had to pick your favorite Friar of all time, who would it be?
Casual Hoya: This is a trick question, because the obvious answer is the father of Georgetown’s current head coach. However, if we’re talking modern era I’m rolling with Eric Murdock, and it’s not even close. Loved that guy when I was growing up, sort of a homeless man’s Iverson who could light it up on any given night. Second fave is probably Ryan Gomes, then marshon Brooks. You could run down your entire list of players and they would all be ahead of my least favorite Friar of all-time, Mr. Austin Croshere.
Friarblog: Please state your case why Nerlens Noel should pick Georgetown over Providence.
Casual Hoya: Really? OK, how about I’ll just go with this picture:
Friarblog: What’s your prediction for the game?
Casual Hoya: I think this game will be much higher scoring than the first, and though I expect the Friars to be a game opponent, Georgetown should emerge victorious once again. I’ll go with a final of Hoyas 72 – Friars 63. We are brothers for life.