Update: January 25 (Game Results) ... With the Cat’s 74-84 loss Louisville, we congratulate five VUHoops readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medals: Bri’13 (72-80), BZ34 (72-80), and jtc123 (72-80), earning 5.0 points each; Silver Medal: regred (70-81), earning 3.0 points; Bronze Medal: Two in the Pinkston (70-78), earning 1.0 point. 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 PUSH by picking ‘Nova +9.5 points (LOSS) and betting the Over (WIN). The details follow. With the push, we remain +$100 for the season.
|Spread||‘Nova +2.0||‘Nova +9.5||‘Nova +9.5||Louisville by 10||LOSS|
|barry class of 57||5.0|
|Two in the Pinkston||1.0|
Update: January 25 (Game Time) A total of 53 VUHoops readers posted predictions, with 34 (64%) picking the Cardinals to win. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova losing by a score of 70-72 (a margin of 2.0 points and an implied over/under of 144.0). The Vegas odds makers pick Louisville to win by 9.5 and set the over/under at 141.5 points, implying a final score of 66-76.
Scatter Plot of Predicted Scores
Window Opening (January 23, 8:30 PM) … The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game at Louisville on Wednesday (7:00PM, ESPN) 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 (10-10, 3-5) is unranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls but is ranked #75 by Kenpom.com. The Cats have a RPI of 72, a SOS of 4, and score an average of 73.5 PPG while giving up an average of 70.7 PPG.
Louisville (15-5, 3-4) is ranked #23 by AP and #41 by Kenpom.com. The Cardinals have an RPI of 40, a SOS of 50, and are scoring an average of 70.8 PPG while giving up an average of 61.6 PPG. Their wins and losses break down as follows:
|Long Beach State||41||-||Home||79||66|
|College of Charlston||104||-||Home||69||62|
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, Cardinals 75)