Closest to the Pin Round 11: Seton Hall

Update: January 18 (Game Results) With the Cat’s 84-76 win over Seton Hall, we congratulate four VUHoops readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: NovaCat94 (82-76), earning 5.0 points; Silver Medal: Bill '62 (84-79), earning 3.0 points; Bronze Medals: Bill'77 (79-77) and NovaFlyer (80-74), earning 1.0 point each. Our updated leader board is provided below.

VUHoops vs. Vegas: Based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd and the posted Vegas line, we would have had a SINGLE-WIN by making no bet on the spread and betting the Over (WIN). The details follow. With the single-win, we are now -$100 for the season.

VU Hoops Vegas Bet Actual Result
Spread ‘Nova +1 ‘Nova +1 No Bet ‘Nova by 8 -
Over 145 138 Over 160 WIN

Leader Board

Reader Points
Clarkkell 14.0
Scott0220 10.0
TK87 9.5
Bill '62 8.0
schitzengigles10 7.5
NovaCat94 6.5
barry class of 57 5.0
FruitLoops 5.0
Kait'08 5.0
BZ34 4.5
Dom 4.5
DP5 4.5
Loser Cruiser 4.5
Stevie V 3.5
FLM'33 3.0
Old School 3.0
Pretty Toney 3.0
Robertrise 3.0
Southoftheborder 3.0
Beardog 2.5
Bstep011 2.5
chuck st.petersburg 2.5
Nervous Nelly 2.5
novamsu 2.5
Steph 2.5
Jimmy 2.0
JDW71 1.5
JMac726 1.5
Johnnyb1 1.5
Rick19 1.5
stats 1.5
TimW 1.5
bhank 1.0
Bill'77 1.0
Jim89 1.0
NovaFlyer 1.0
StatsManOne 1.0
Top Gere 1.0
Jimdribble 0.5
jtc123 0.5

Update: January 18 (Game Time) A total of 55 VUHoops readers posted predictions, with 24 (44%) picking the Pirates to win. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova losing by a score of 72-73 (a margin of -1.0 points and implied over/under of 145.0). The Vegas odds makers pick Seton Hall to win by 1.0 and set the over/under at 138.0. points, implying a final score of 69-70.

Scatter Plot of Predicted Scores

Window Opening (Monday, January 16, 7:00 PM) The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game vs. Seton Hall on Wednesday at the Pavilion (7:00PM; ESPNU) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. Clarkkell remains in first place with 14.0 points. Click here to see our updated leader board.

Villanova (8-10, 1-5) is unranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls but is ranked #78 by The Cats have a RPI of 104, a SOS of 8, and score an average of 72.7 PPG while giving up an average of 70.1 PPG.

Seton Hall (15-3, 4-2) is ranked #24 in the AP, #28 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls #33 by The Pirates have an RPI of 5, a SOS of 7, and are scoring an average of 72.2 PPG while giving up an average of 62.6 PPG. Their wins and losses break down as follows:

Saint Francis NY 248 - Home 75 71
Virginia Commonwealth 82 - Home 69 54
St. Joe's 49 - Away 78 70
Yale 108 - Home 73 62
St. Peter's 298 - Home 63 54
Auburn 145 - Home 81 59
New Jersey Tech 252 - Home 78 48
Wake Forest 100 - Home 68 54
Mercer 121 - Home 80 77
Dayton 27 - Away 69 64
Longwood 307 - Away 87 61
West Virginia 12 - Home 67 48
Connecticut 4 8 Home 75 63
Providence 105 - Away 66 57
DePaul 150 - Home 94 73
Northwestern 23 - Home 73 80
Syracuse 1 1 Away 49 75
South Florida 94 - Away 55 56

Be sure to check out Brian's game preview on Tuesday.

When posting predictions, please:

  • Use a consistent handle / ID so that we can keep an accurate running leader board over the course of the season. Obviously, score predictions posted by anonymous readers cannot be accepted.
  • List your predicted score for Villanova first, followed by the score for the opponent (e.g., Cats 100, Bearcats 75)
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