Update: January 18 (Game Results) With the Cat’s 79-76 win over St. John's, we congratulate five VUHoops readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: Dom (78-76), earning 5.0 points; Silver Medals: Bill ’77 (80-78), and marty1029 (82-76), earning 3.0 points each; Bronze Medals: schitzengigles10 (79-72) and Loser Cruiser (81-74), 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 DOUBLE-WIN by picking ‘Nova to beat the -2.5 point spread (WIN) and betting the Over (WIN). The details follow. With the double-win, we are now +$100 for the season.
|Spread||‘Nova -9||‘Nova -2.5||‘Nova -2.5||‘Nova by 3||WIN|
|barry class of 57||5.0|
Update: January 21 (Game Time) A total of 52 VUHoops readers posted predictions, with 6 (12%) picking the Johnnies to win. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning by a score of 79-68 (a margin of 9.0 points and implied over/under of 145.0). The Vegas odds makers pick ‘Nova to win by 2.5 and set the over/under at 141.5 points, implying a final score of 72-70.
Scatter Plot of Predicted Scores
Window Opening (Thursday, January 19, 8:30 PM) … The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game at St. John’s on Saturday at Madison Square Garden (1:00PM, 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 (9-10, 2-5) is unranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls but is ranked #71 by Kenpom.com. The Cats have a RPI of 91, a SOS of 3, and score an average of 73.3 PPG while giving up an average of 70.4 PPG.
St. John’s (8-10, 2-5) is unranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls but is ranked #171 by Kenpom.com. The Red Storm have an RPI of 148, a SOS of 58, and are scoring an average of 65.1 PPG while giving up an average of 67.3 PPG. Their wins and losses break down as follows:
|William & Mary||306||-||Home||74||59|
|Saint Francis NY||247||-||Home||63||48|
|Texas Pan American||309||-||Home||66||61|
Be sure to check out Brian’s game preview on Friday.
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, Red Storm 75)