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.
|Spread||‘Nova +5.0||‘Nova +9.0||‘Nova +9.0||G-Town by 21||LOSS|
|barry class of 57||6.0|
|Two in the Pinkston||1.0|
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.
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)