UPDATE — Game Results: With the Cat’s winning 92-84, nine VUH readers took medals. Gold Medals: Congratulations to Pena Power (91-80) and Andy ’06 (87-84), earning 5 points each; Silver Medals: Alex '09 (85-81) and Kmac (86-80), earning 3 points each; Bronze Medals: MIKE (81-84), Paul (84-81), Wallace (86-79), rise (85-80) and Friar Fanatic '13 (85-88), earning 1 point each. Select "read more" to see the names of the 44 readers now on our Leader Board after twelve rounds.
LEADER BOARD (AFTER TWELVE ROUNDS)
|Barney Rubble '87||10|
|Friar Fanatic '13||1|
Update: Monday, Jan 11, 7:00 PM (Game Time) A total of 75 VUH readers have posted picks (nine predicting a Louisville victory). Collectively, the readers see Nova winning 79-74 (a margin of 5 points and implied over/under of 153). The Vegas odds-makers see things much differently, favoring Louisville by 2.5 points and setting the over/under at 155.5 points, or an implied score of 76-79. Click "read more" to see the scatter chart depicting the VUH readers’ predictions and statistical information on Louisville.
Window Opening: Sunday, Jan. 10. Believe it or not, the window is now open for readers to post their predicted scores for Monday’s match against Louisville in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After eleven rounds, our leader board has Pete in first place with 15 points, Andy ‘06 in second place with 12 points, and Barney Rubble ‘87 in third place with 10 points.
So far this season, Villanova (14-1) has scored an average of 84.3 points while holding their opponents to 69.2. Louisville (12-4 overall, 3-0) has scored an average of 80.9 points while giving up 67.1 points. The Cardinals really have not beaten any teams of note. Their three Big East wins have been over South Florida (+21), Providence (+22), and St. Johns (+7). Their four losses were to UNLV (-5), Western Carolina (-8), Charlotte (-22), and Kentucky (-9). Villanova is ranked #6, has an RPI of 11 and an SOS of 83. Louisville for the first year in recent memory is not ranked, has an RPI of 36 and an SOS of 27. We’ll post our game preview and the Las Vegas spread / over-under on game day.
NOTE: With VUHoops new commenting system, it is important for contestants to use a consistent handle/login 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.