Closest to the Pin Round 20: Georgetown (Rivalry Game with Bonus Points)

Update: February 25 (Game Results)With the Cat’s 46-67 loss to Georgetown, we congratulate three VUHoops readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: Bogg357 (51-63), earning 7.5 points; Silver Medal: wildcat07 (56-68), earning 4.5 points; Bronze Medals: Beardog (58-69), earning 1.5 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 DOUBLE LOSS by picking ‘Nova +9.0 points (LOSS) and the Over (LOSS). The details follow. With the double-loss, we are down $100 for the season.

VU Hoops Vegas Bet Actual Result
Spread ‘Nova +5.0 ‘Nova +9.0 ‘Nova +9.0 G-Town by 21 LOSS
Over 137.0 135.0 Over 113 LOSS

Leader Board

Reader Points
Dom 17.5
Scott0220 17.5
Clarkkell 15.5
TK87 15.0
Jim89 13.5
FruitLoops 13.0
jtc123 13.0
marty1029 11.0
Kait'08 10.0
Bri'13 9.5
BZ34 9.5
Bill'77 9.0
schitzengigles10 8.5
Bill '62 8.0
Bogg357 7.5
Loser Cruiser 7.0
NovaCat94 6.5
barry class of 57 6.0
Top Gere 6.0
Colt 5.0
Gorms 5.0
marc 5.0
DP5 4.5
JDW71 4.5
wildcat07 4.5
Beardog 4.0
bhank 4.0
Ed'77 4.0
chuck st.petersburg 3.5
Steph 3.5
Stevie V 3.5
FLM'33 3.0
Jimmy 3.0
Justin 3.0
Old School 3.0
Pretty Toney 3.0
regred 3.0
Robertrise 3.0
Southoftheborder 3.0
Bstep011 2.5
Nervous Nelly 2.5
novamsu 2.5
JMac726 1.5
Johnnyb1 1.5
Rick19 1.5
stats 1.5
TimW 1.5
LouBevi 1.0
NovaFlyer 1.0
StatsManOne 1.0
TC 1.0
Two in the Pinkston 1.0
Jimdribble 0.5

Update: February 25 (Game Time) … A total of 51 VUHoops readers posted predictions, with 32 (63%) picking the Cats to lose. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova losing by a 5.0 points, 66-71, implying an over/under of 137.0. The Vegas odds makers are picking ‘Nova to lose by 9.0 points and set the over/under at 135.0 points, implying a final score of 63-72.

Scatter Plot of Predicted Scores

Window Opening: February 23, 8:00 PM … The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Saturday’s game against Georgetown at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC (2:00PM, CBS) in the 20th round of our Closest to the Pin Contest. Dom and Scott0220 are now tied for first place; click here to see our full leader board.

Special Note: As the last of four rivalry games, this is your last shot to make a big move on the leader board as points increase by 50% in this round: Bulls-eye = 15 pts; Gold (non-bulls-eye) =7.5 pts; Silver = 4.5 pts; Bronze = 1.5 pts. Even if you have 0 points so far, you mathematically still have a chance to win first prize with wins over the last three games.

Villanova (11-16, 4-11) is unranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls but is ranked #89 by Kenpom.com. The Cats have a RPI of 108, a SOS of 4, and score an average of 72.5 PPG while giving up an average of 72.0 PPG.

Georgetown (20-6, 10-5) is ranked by #9 by AP and #17 by Kenpom.com. The Hoyas have an RPI of 13, a SOS of 15, and are scoring an average of 69.7 PPG while giving up an average of 59.2 PPG. The table below sets out their wins and losses since the beginning of the Big East season.

Opponent RPI AP H/A W/L G-Town Opponent
Louisville 20 17 Away Win 71 68
Providence 168 - Home Win 49 40
Marquette 9 10 Home Win 73 70
West Virginia 42 - Away Loss 62 74
Cincinnati 79 - Home Loss 64 68
St. John's 127 - Away Win 69 49
DePaul 191 - Away Win 83 75
Rutgers 148 - Home Win 52 50
Pittsburgh 89 - Away Loss 60 72
Connecticut 23 - Home Win 58 44
South Florida 47 - Home Win 75 45
Syracuse 1 2 Away Loss 61 64
St. John's 127 - Home Win 71 61
Providence 168 - Away Win 63 53
Seton Hall 30 - Away Loss 55 73

Be sure to read our game preview as well. Good luck!

Special Note: When posting predictions, be sure to:

  • 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, Hoyas 75)
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