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Closest to the Pin Round 4: Lafayette

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s 86-41 win over Lafayette, we congratulate five VUH readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: Hugh Jass (92-37) earning 2.5 points; Silver Medal: David ‘06 (87-52) earning 1.5 points each; Bronze Medals: Brendan ‘10 (88-52), Chicken Dinner (85-53), and Nervous Nelly (84-52).


Reader Points
Dj pizzle 3.0
doctor feelgoodes 2.5
Hugh Jass 2.5
Joey 2.5
Palsgraf 2.5
super nova 2.5
David '06 2.0
cdtoffers 1.5
CMM 1.5
DP5 1.5
EG'77 1.5
Esto 1.5
FLM'33 1.5
novafan95 1.5
Pete (Aliti 13) 1.5
Brendan '10 0.5
Chicken Dinner 0.5
Christopher Coggins 0.5
David 0.5
FishersTalent13 0.5
mattymo 0.5
Nervous Nelly 0.5

Update: Saturday, November 20 (7PM Game time) A total of 98 VUH readers posted predictions with only one favoring Lafayette. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning 86-62 (a margin of 24.0 points and implied over/under of 148). The Vegas odds makers did not post a line on this game.

Scatter graph depicting the readers’ predictions follows:

Window Opening: Thursday, November 18, 9:00 PM. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for Nova’s game against Lafayette on Saturday (7 pm at The Pavilion) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After three rounds, our leader board has Dj Pizzle in first place with 3.0 points, doctor feelgoodes, Joey, Palsgraf and super nova tied for second place with 2.5 points, and cdtoffers, CMM, DP5, EG’77, Esto, FLM’33, novafan95 and Pete Alita ’13 tied for third place with 1.5 points each.

The #6 Cats (3-0) are scoring an average of 78.0 points while giving up an average of 55.0. Lafayette (1-2) is not ranked and is scoring an average of 67.7 points while giving up an average of 70.3. Lafayette’s losses have come at Wagner (58-63) and at Rider (73-80). Their sole win was at home against St. Francis (PA) 72-68.

Keep an eye out for Brian’s game preview.

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