Closest to the Pin Round 3:  Providence

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Nova fans see the Cats winning this one by a comfortable margin. The Vegas odds makers see it the same way, but expect a much lower scoring game. Gotta like the over in this one!

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RESULTS:  With the Cat's dominating 91-61 win vs. Providence, we congratulate three VUHoops readers who earned points in this game:

  1. BossHogHazzard (Nova 92, Providence 59) awarded 5 points
  2. Nova'85 (Nova 89, Providence 67) awarded 3 points
  3. Novabrasion2 (Nova 86, Providence 65) awarded 1 point.

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 taking ‘Nova giving 12 points (WIN) and betting the OVER (WIN).  After three rounds, we would be up $200.

LEADER BOARD

Player Points
BosshogHazzard 5
pacAdam 5
speedracer33 5
Villanovafan152 5
Ed Dechellis 3
jwscones 3
Nova'85 3
novAbrasion 3
NovaDave 3
sjkqw 3
Wildecat15 3
BrendanColliton 1
Jack The Tripper 1
Mike J 1
Novabrasion2 1
novanation63 1
tk1434 1
Zachary Rahn 1

SCATTER PLOT OF PREDICTED SCORES

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UPDATE (January 5 (Game Day), 7:00 PM) ... Here the sentiment of Cat's fans so far in this round of the Contest:

# Reader Predictions: 50

% Picking Cats to Win: 100%

Wisdom of VUHoops' Crowd Prediction:

o   Spread: Villanova -13.0

o   Over/Under: 149

o    Final Score: Cats 81 - Friars 68

Vegas Odds Makers' Prediction:

o   Spread: Villanova -12.0

o   Over/Under: 137.0

o    Final Score: Cats 75 - Friars 63

Window Opening (January 3rd, 7:30p ET): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Sunday's game vs. Providence in the third round of the Closest to the Pin Contest. Villanovafan152, speedracer33 and pacAdam are tied for first place after two rounds. Click HERE to see the full leader board. The official contest rules are detailed HERE.

Villanova (12-1, 1-0 conference) is ranked #11 in the AP Poll, #5 in the RPI and #25 SOS. The Cats average 80.5 PPG while giving up an average of 65.8 PPG.

Providence (10-4, 0-1 conference) is not ranked in the AP Poll but is ranked #95 in the RPI and #163 SOS. The Friars average 72.7 PPG while giving up an average of 65.3 PPG. Their best win came against Vanderbilt (RPI #74). Other games of note were losses to Kentucky (RPI #15) by 14 points and UMass (#2 RPI) by only 2 points.

Enter your predicted final score in the comments section in the format: Nova xx, Providence yy. Good luck to you all!

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