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Closest to the Pin Round 5: UCLA

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s 82-70 win over UCLA, we congratulate nine VUH readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medals: Colt (82-71) and Stevie V (83-70) earning 2.5 points each; Silver Medals: Joe (83-69), mprams (81-69), Mark A (83-71) and Friar Fanatic ’13 (81-69) earning 1.5 points each; Bronze Medals: Kittlesfan95 (81-68), jimmy (81-72), and bgunn (81-68).


Reader Points
Dj pizzle 3.0
Colt 2.5
doctor feelgoodes 2.5
Hugh Jass 2.5
Joey 2.5
Palsgraf 2.5
Stevie V 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
Friar Fanatic'13 1.5
Joe 1.5
Mark A 1.5
mprams 1.5
novafan95 1.5
Pete (Aliti 13) 1.5
bgunn 0.5
Brendan '10 0.5
Chicken Dinner 0.5
Christopher Coggins 0.5
David 0.5
FishersTalent13 0.5
jimmy 0.5
Kitlesfan95 0.5
mattymo 0.5
Nervous Nelly 0.5

Update: Wednesday, November 24 (Game Time) A total of 105 VUH readers posted predictions, with only two favoring UCLA. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning 77-68 (a margin of 9.0 points and implied over/under of 145). The Vegas odds makers are picking 'Nova by 5.5 and set the over/under at 143, implying a final score of 74-69.


Window Opening: Monday, November 22, 8:00 PM. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for 'Nova’s game against the UCLA Bruins on Wednesday (9 pm at New York’s Madison Square Garden) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After four rounds, our leader board has Dj Pizzle in first place with 3.0 points. Click here to see our entire leader board.

The #6 Cats (4-0) are scoring an average of 80.0 points while giving up an average of 51.5. UCLA (3-0) is not ranked and is scoring an average of 73.0 points while giving up an average of 54.3. The Bruins have won twice at home against Cal State Northridge and Pepperdine and once on the road against Pacific.

Check 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