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Closest to the Pin Round Six: Tennessee

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s 68-78 loss to Tennessee, we congratulate three VUH readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: novafan95 (69-73) earning 2.5 points; Silver Medal: Beardog (67-70) earning 1.5 points; Bronze Medal: Chicken Dinner (79-78) earning 0.5 points.


Reader Points
novafan95 4.0
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
Beardog 1.5
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
Pete (Aliti 13) 1.5
Chicken Dinner 1.0
bgunn 0.5
Brendan '10 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: Friday, November 26 (Game Time) A total of 88 VUH readers posted predictions, with three favoring Tennessee. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning 79-72 (a margin of 7.0 points and implied over/under of 151). The Vegas odds makers are picking ‘Nova by 6.0 points with the over/under set at 143.5 points, implying a final score of 75-69.

Scatter Plot of Readers' Predictions

Window Opening: Thursday, November 25, 7:00 AM. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game against the Tennessee Volunteers on Friday (5 pm at New York’s Madison Square Garden) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After five rounds, Dj Pizzle remains in first place with 3.0 points. Click here to see our updated leader board.

The #7 Cats (5-0) are scoring an average of 80.4 points while giving up an average of 55.2. The #24 Volunteers (4-0) score an average of 76.0 points while allowing an average of 66.5. The Volunteers’ four wins have come against Chattanooga, Belmont, Missouri State and Virginia Commonwealth. More statistical information about Tennessee is available at

Be sure to check out Brian’s game preview.

Special Note: When posting predictions, be sure to consider:

•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 our contest leader (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)