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Closest to the Pin Contest Round 1: Bucknell

Update: Game Results: With the Cats pulling out a victory over Bucknell 68-52, we congratulate four VUHoops readers who took medals in this first round. Gold Medal: Dj Pizzle (72-55) earning 2.5 points; Silver Medals: CMM (68-61) and novafan95 (71-58), earning 1.5 points each; Bronze Medal: David '06 (72-58), earning 0.5 points.

Update: Friday, November 12, 8:00 PM A record 161 VUH readers posted predictions with only one favoring Bucknell. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning 84-67 (a margin of 17.0 points and implied over/under of 151). There is no Vegas line on this game.

Scatter graph depicting the readers’ predictions:

Window Opening: Wednesday, November 10, 8:00 PM The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Friday’s game against Bucknell at the Pavilion in our Closest to the Pin Contest.

This is the first official game for both teams. Villanova, with a preseason ranking of #6, has played one exhibition game against District of Columbia, winning 95-58. Bucknell is ranked #121 by

Make sure to read Brian's game preview. We’ll post the Las Vegas spread / over-under on game day.

Special Note: When posting predictions, be sure to:

  • use a consistent handle / ID 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.
  • list your predicted score for Villanova first, followed by the score for the opponent (e.g., Cats 100, Bucknell 75)