UPDATE — Game Results: With the Cat’s winning 90-72, we congratulate eight VUH readers who took medals. Gold Medal: Ricky Williams (89-71), earning 5 points; Silver Medals: Bri ‘13 (90-75), ray‘68 (89-70), Schitzengigles (87-72) and tommyboy (88-71), earning 3 points each; Bronze Medals: EDM ‘09 (89-76), JROLL (88-75), and WaynsWorld (86-73) earning 1 point each. Select "read more" to see the names of the 56 readers now on our Leader Board after 16 rounds.
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Update: Wednesday, Jan 26, 7:00PM (Game Time) A total of 69 VUH readers posted predictions (none predicting a Notre Dame victory). Collectively, the readers see Nova winning 87-77 (a margin of 10 points and implied over/under of 164). The Vegas odds-makers see it much the same way, favoring the Cats (-11) in a high-scoring contest (over- under set at 165.5, implying a final score of 88-77). Continue reading for our scatter graph depicting the VUH readers’ predictions as well as statistical information on Notre Dame. Also note that Drew's predicted score of 'Nova 65- Irish 61 was accepted but did not fit within the scale of the scatter graph.
Window Opening: Monday, Jan. 24, 7:00 PM. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores in Wednesday’s game vs. Notre Dame in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After fifteen rounds, our leader board has 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 (18-1, 7-0) has scored an average of 84.9 points while holding their opponents to 70.4. Notre Dame (15-5, 4-3) has scored an average of 80.6 points while giving up 71.0 points. The Fighting Irish’s most notable wins have come vs. West Virginia (+2), vs. UCLA (+9), vs. Providence (+15), @ South Florida (+1), and vs. DePaul (+10). Their losses have come vs. Northwestern (-14), vs. Loyola Marymount (-2), @ Connecticut (-12), @ Cincinnati (-2), and vs. Syracuse (-13). Villanova is ranked #3, has an RPI of 4 and an SOS of 53. Notre Dame is unranked, has an RPI of 72 and an SOS of 100.
Keep an eye out for Brian's game preview, which should be posted shortly. We’ll post the Las Vegas spread / over-under on game day. Special 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.