UPDATE — Game Results: With the Cat’s winning 81-71, we congratulate eight VUH readers who took medals in our most competitive contest so far. Gold Medals: Joe (82-71) and Paul (80-71), earning 5 points each; Silver Medals: maalik lowry (80-72), Old School (81-69), Squeaky 99 (80-70) and supernova (82-70), earning 3 points each; Bronze Medals: Brendan D (81-68) and EG’77 (81-74), earning 1 point each. Select "read more" to see the names of the 52 readers now on our Leader Board after 15 rounds.
LEADERBOARD AFTER 15 ROUNDS
|Barney Rubble '87||10|
|Friar Fanatic '13||1|
Update: Saturday, Jan 23, 12:00 Noon (Game Time) A total of 67 VUH readers posted predictions (none predicting a St. John's victory). Collectively, the readers see Nova winning 84-70 (a margin of 14 points and implied over/under of 154). The Vegas odds-see a smaller winning margin for the Cats (-6.5) and a lower scoring game (over- under set at 148.5, implying a final score of 77-71). Continue reading for the scatter graph depicting the VUH readers’ predictions as well as statistical information on St. John's.
Window Opening: Thursday, Jan. 21, 8:30 PM. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for Saturday’s game against St. John’s in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After fourteen rounds, our leader board shows Andy ‘06 in first place with 17 points, Pete in second place with 15 points, and tommyboy in third place with 11 points.
So far this season, Villanova (17-1, 6-0) has scored an average of 85.2 points while holding their opponents to 70.4. St. John’s (12-6, 2-4) has scored an average of 67.7 points while giving up 63.3 points. The Red Storm’s most notable wins have come over Siena (+9), Temple (+7), Georgia (+10), and Cincinnati (+2). Their losses have come at the hands of Duke (-9), Cornell (-5), Georgetown (-7), Providence (-15), Louisville (-7) and Connecticut (-16). Villanova is ranked #4, has an RPI of 6 and an SOS of 49. St. John’s is unranked, has an RPI of 54 and an SOS of 38.
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.