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Closest to the Pin Round 22 - Pittsburgh

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Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s disappointing 65-70 loss at Pittsburgh, we congratulate four VUH readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medals: JimK (73-70) and pttam7yanks (72-69), earning 5 points each; Silver Medal: Bill’77 (74-70), earning 3 points; Bronze Medal: Barney Rubble ‘87 (75-70, earning 1 point. Select "read more" to view the 64 readers now on our leader board.

LEADER BOARD AFTER 22 ROUNDS

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

 

Update:  Sunday, February 21, 12:00 Noon (Game Time)   A total of 56 VUH readers posted predictions, one of every nine (gasp!) favoring Pittsburgh.

 Where have you gone, BossHogHazzard?
 Nova Nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo woo woo)
 What's that you say, HoyaSaxa?
 "The Boss "has left and gone away" (Hey hey hey, hey hey hey)
 

As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning 81-76 (a margin of 5.0 points and implied total points of 157).  The Vegas odds-makers see Villanova squeaking one out (-2.0) in a relatively low-scoring contest (over/under set at 146), implying a final score of 74-72).   The scatter graph depicting the readers’ predictions as well as statistical information about Pittsburgh is provided below.

 

Closest to the Pin Pittsburgh 

Window Opening:  Friday, February 19, 8:00 PM    The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh in our Closest to the Pin Contest.  After 21 rounds, our leader board has Andy ‘06 in first place with 21 points, Pete in second place with 18 points, and Tommyboy in third place with 14 points.

So far this season, Villanova (22-3, 11-2) has scored an average of 85.0 points while holding their opponents to 73.0.  Pittsburgh (20-6, 9-4) has scored an average of 68.6 points while holding their opponents to 61.2.  Here’s how the Panther’s have fared against Big East opponents:

  PITTSBURG BIG EAST GAME RESULTS  

  

        Pitt   Opponent Margin  
        65 vs 52 13 DePaul
        82 @ 72 10 Syracuse
        74 @ 71 3 Cincinnati
        67 @ 57 10 Connecticut
        82 vs 77 5 Louisville
        66 vs 74 (8) Georgetown
        61 @ 64 (3) Seton Hall
        63 vs 53 10 St. John's
        61 @ 70 (9) South Florida
        51 @ 70 (19) West Virginia
        83 vs 58 25 Seton Hall
        98 vs 95 3 West Virginia
        58 @ 51 7 Marquette

Villanova is ranked #3, has an RPI of 6, and SOS of 34.  Pittsburgh is ranked #19, has an RPI of 11 and an SOS of 10.

Be sure to read Brian's post, Previewing Pitt.   We’ll post the Las Vegas point spread and over/under on game day.