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.
|Spread||‘Nova +1||‘Nova +1||No Bet||‘Nova by 8||-|
|barry class of 57||5.0|
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 Kenpom.com. 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 Kenpom.com. 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|
|New Jersey Tech||252||-||Home||78||48|
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)