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Closest to the Pin Contest Round 2: Marist

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s 84-47 win over Marist, we congratulate four VUH readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: Joey (85-47) earning 2.5 points; Silver Medal: FLM’33 (83-44) and Pete Aliti ’13 (82-45), earning 1.5 points each; Bronze Medals: DJ Pizzle (80-48) earning 0.5 pts.


Reader Points
Dj Pizzle 3.0
Joey 2.5
CMM 1.5
FLM'33 1.5
novafan95 1.5
Pete (Aliti 13) 1.5
David '06 0.5

Update: Monday, November 16, 5:30 PM A total of 125 VUH readers posted predictions with none favoring Marist. As a group, the readers saw ‘Nova winning 82-58 (a margin of 24.0 points and implied over/under of 140). The Vegas line on this game favored Villanova by 31 pts. with the over/under set at 160.

Scatter graph depicting the readers’ predictions:

Window Opening: Sunday, November 14th. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for Nova’s game against Marist on Tuesday in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After one round, our leader board has Dj Pizzle in first place with 2.5 points, CMM and novafan95 tied for second place with 1.5 points each, and David ’06 in third place with 0.5 points.

The Cats (1-0) won their season opener against Bucknell 68-52. The Red Foxes have not yet played this season. Villanova presently is ranked #6; Marist is unranked. We’ll post our game preview and the Las Vegas spread and over / under on game day.

Special Note: When posting predictions, be sure to:

  • Rule change: given the extraordinary number of readers participating in the contest, we can no longer fully enforce our rule prohibiting duplicate score predictions. We will only adjust scores that duplicate those of the three readers at the top of our leader board (to ensure that there is no piggybacking); scores that duplicate other readers will be accepted.
  • 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, Marist 75)