UPDATE — Game Results: With the Cat’s winning 94-68, we congratulate three VUH readers who took medals in our most competitive contest so far. Gold Medal: Tommyboy (93-68), earning 5 points ; Silver Medal: B.Graves (94-70), earning 3 points; Bronze Medal: Old School (95-70), earning 1 point. Honorable mention (but, unfortunately, no medals) to MIKE (94-72), Brendan D. (90-69) and Lip (93-72). Select "read more" to see the names of the 48 readers now on our Leader Board after 14 rounds.
LEADERBOARD AFTER 14 ROUNDS
|Barney Rubble '87||10|
|Friar Fanatic '13||1|
Update: Wednesday, Jan 20, 8:00 PM (Game Time) A total of 68 VUH readers posted predictions (none predicting a Rutgers victory). Collectively, the readers see Nova winning 89-70 (a margin of 19 points and implied over/under of 159). The Vegas odds-makers see the game a bit closer, favoring the Cats (-14), with the over under set at 155, implying a final score of 85-71. See below for the scatter chart depicting the VUH readers’ predictions as well as statistical information on Rutgers. Boss Hog's prediction of 127-54 has been confirmed and accepted, but did not quite fit on the chart.
Window Opening: Monday, Jan. 18, 9:00 PM. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for Wednesday’s game against Rutgers in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After thirteen rounds, our leader board shows Andy ‘06 in first place with 17 points, Pete in second place with 15 points, and Barney Rubble ‘87 and Ed ’77 tied in third place with 10 points.
So far this season, Villanova (16-1, 5-0) has scored an average of 84.6 points while holding their opponents to 70.5. Rutgers (9-8, 0-5) has scored an average of 67.5 points while giving up 68.5 points. The Scarlet Knight’s most notable wins have come over Drexel (+2) and UMass (+8). Their losses have come at the hands of Vermont (-6), Florida (-15), North Carolina (-14), Cincinnati (-7), West Virginia (-34), Providence (-13), Syracuse (-16) and South Florida (-9). Villanova is ranked #4, has an RPI of 6 and an SOS of 52. Rutgers is unranked, has an RPI of 146 and an SOS of 80.
We’ll post our game preview and the Las Vegas spread / over-under by 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.