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Closest to the Pin Round 20 - Providence

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s solid 92-81 win at Wachovia, we congratulate seven VUH readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medals: NJ Super’Nova (91-81), earning 5 points; Silver Medals: Kmac (91-80) and Pete (92-79), earning 3 points each; Bronze Medals: Andy ‘06 (95-81), David (90-82), NovaCat94 (92-78), and Winston (91-83), earning 1 point each. Select "read more" to view the 63 readers now on our leader board.

LEADER BOARD AFTER 20 ROUNDS

Reader Points
Andy ’06 21
Pete 18
Tommyboy  14
Barney Rubble '87 13
Old School 13
NJ Super’Nova 11
Ricky Williams 11
Ed '77 10
Jim89  10
Jim K 9
Pena Power 9
Steph '76 9
Tom 87 9
Bri '13 8
Lou '06 8
ramon usategui 8
jm 7
MIKE 7
NovaCat94 7
Wallace 7
Alex '09 6
Chad  6
Joe 6
Kmac 6
Paul 6
supernova 6
bella-nova 5
Colt 5
Kait '08 5
Ray '68 5
wayneg 5
Squeaky 99 4
B.Graves 3
Chillcat 3
chuck st.petersburg 3
CJ 3
imisskylelowry 3
maalik lowry 3
mj 3
Schitzengigles 3
Tony 3
Bill '77 2
Brendan D. 2
cdtoffers 2
EDM '09 2
Eli 2
jimmy 2
rise 2
Chris 1
David 1
dj 1
doctor feelgoode 1
EG'77 1
Friar Fanatic '13 1
HoyaSaxa 1
JROLL 1
mddcny  1
Paul '91 1
pttam7yanks 1
SpecialK73 1
TK87 1
Wayns World 1
Winston 1

Update:  Saturday , February 13, 2:00 PM (Game Time)     A total of 67 VUH readers posted predictions (only one, Friar Fanatic ’13, favoring Providence).  Collectively the readers see 'Nova winning 91-77 (a margin of 14 points and implied total points of 168).  The Vegas odds-makers also see Villanova winning (-14.5) in an even high-scoring contest, with the over/under set at 175 and implying a final score of 95-80).   The scatter graph depicting the readers’  predictions is provided below.  As a parting note, I have learned that  there are three certainties in life -- death, taxes, and the boundless enthusiasm of bosshoghazzard.   His prediction of a 'Nova win by a score of 119-60 did not quite fit within the scale of the chart.

 

 

Closest to the Pin Providence 

Window Opening:  Thursday, February 11, 6:15 PM    The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for Saturday's game vs. Providence in our Closest to the Pin Contest.  After 19 rounds, our leader board has Andy '06  in first place with 20 points, Pete in second place with 15 points, and Tommyboy in third place with 14 points.

So far this season, Villanova (21-2, 10-1) has scored an average of 85.1 points while holding their opponents to 72.1.  Providence (12-12, 4-8) has scored an average of 81.8 points while holding their opponents to 79.0.  The Friar's Big East wins were @ St. John's (+15), vs. Rutgers (+13), @ DePaul (+17), and vs. Connecticut (+15).  Their eight Big East losses have come @ Notre Dame (-15), vs. Louisville (-22), @ Marquette (-30), vs. South Florida (-4), @Cincinnati (-4), @ Syracuse (-17), vs. Marquette (-3) and vs. Georgetown (-9).  Villanova is ranked #4, has an RPI of 4, and and SOS of 25.  Providence is unranked, has an RPI of 106 and an SOS of 52.

Be sure to read Brian's pregame analysis, "Putting Away Providence."   We'll post the Las Vegas spread and over/under on Saturday morning.