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Closest to the Pin Round 23 - South Florida

Closest to the Pin LogoUpdate: Game Results: The Cat’s got back on the winning track with some great defense, winning 74-49. None of us were close to picking that score, but some of us were less wrong than others. We congratulate five VUH readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: Pena Power (73-64), earning 5 points; Silver Medals: Kittlesfan95 (80-63) and NJSuper’Nova (75-68), earning 3 points each; Bronze Medals: Alex’09 (80-65) and DJ (72-69), earning 1 point. Select "read more" to view the 65 readers now on our leader board.

LEADER BOARD AFTER 23 ROUNDS

Reader Points
Andy ’06 21
Pete 18
Barney Rubble '87 14
Jim K 14
NJ Super’Nova 14
Pena Power 14
Tommyboy  14
Old School 13
Ricky Williams 11
Ed '77 10
Jim89  10
Steph '76 9
Tom 87 9
Bri '13 8
Lou '06 8
NovaCat94 8
ramon usategui 8
Alex '09 7
jm 7
MIKE 7
Wallace 7
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
Kittlesfan95 3
maalik lowry 3
mj 3
Schitzengigles 3
Tony 3
Brendan D. 2
cdtoffers 2
DJ 2
EDM '09 2
Eli 2
jimmy 2
rise 2
Chris 1
David 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:  Tuesday, February 23, 9:00 PM   A total of 62VUH readers posted predictions, one predicting a South Florida victory.  As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning 85-73 (a margin of 12.0 points and implied total points of 158).  The Vegas odds-makers favor Villanova (-13.0) in a relatively low scoring contest (over/under set at 149), implying a final score of 81-68).   The scatter graph depicting the readers’ predictions as well as statistical information about South Florida is provided below.

 

Closest to the Pin So Florida

Window Opening:  Monday, February 22, 8:00 PM    The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Wednesday’s game vs. South Florida in our Closest to the Pin Contest.  After 22 rounds, our leader board has Andy ‘06 in first place with 21 points, Pete in second place with 18 points, and there is a three-way tie for third place among Barney Rubble ’87,JimK, and Tommyboy with 14 points each.

So far this season, Villanova (22-4, 11-3) has scored an average of 84.2 points while holding their opponents to 72.8.  South Florida (16-10, 6-8) has scored an average of 68.3 points while holding their opponents to 65.6.  Here’s how the Bulls’ have fared against Big East opponents:

SOUTH FLORIDA BIG EAST GAME RESULTS 

   

 

USF   OPP MARGIN  
52 @ 73 (21) Louisville
73 vs 74 (1) Notre Dame
65 @ 82 (17) Syracuse
50 vs 69 (19) West Virginia
73 vs 64 9 Rutgers
70 @ 78 (8) Cincinnati
109 @ 105 4 Providence
76 vs 74 2 Seton Hall
70 vs 61 9 Pittsburgh
72 @ 64 8 Georgetown
62 @ 65 (3) Notre Dame
52 @ 63 (11) Marquette
65 vs 57 8 Cincinnati
58 vs 74 (16) St. John's

 Villanova is ranked #7, has an RPI of 8, and SOS of 37.  South Florida is not ranked, has an RPI of 65 and an SOS of 41.

Be sure to read our game preview tomorrow.   We’ll post the Las Vegas point spread and over/under on game day.