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Closest to the Pin Round 7: St. Joe's (Rivalry Game, Triple Points)

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s 71-60 win over St. Joe’s, we congratulate five VUH readers who took medals in this rivalry game with triple points. Gold Medals: TC’87 (72-59), TK’87 (69-60) and Pat ’12 (71-58) earning 7.5 points each; Silver Medal: Steph (73-61) earning 4.5 points; Bronze Medal: Beardog (71-65) earning 1.5 points.

LEADER BOARD AFTER 7 ROUNDS

Reader Points
Pat'12 7.5
TC'87 7.5
TK87 7.5
Steph 4.5
novafan95 4.0
Beardog 3.0
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
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, December 3 (Game Time) A total of 101 VUH readers posted predictions, with none favoring St. Joe’s. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning 82-64 (a margin of 18.0 points and implied over/under of 146). The Vegas odds makers are picking ‘Nova by 20.0 points with the over/under set at 145.5 points, implying a final score of 83-63.

Window Opening: Wednesday, December 1, 8:00 PM. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game against the the St. Joe’s Hawks on Friday (8:30 PM at the Pavilion) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After five rounds, novafan95 is in first place with 4.0 points. Click here to see our updated leader board.

Special Note: As one of four rivalry games, points are tripled for this game.

The #12 Cats (5-1) are scoring an average of 78.3 points while giving up an average of 59.0. The Hawks (3-2) are not ranked and score an average of 66.0 points while allowing an average of 70.0. After two opening losses vs. Western Kentucky (-28) @ Penn State (-9), St. Joe’s has won three straight vs. Norfolk State (+5), @ Fairfield (+9) and @ Rutgers (+6). More statistical information about St. Joe's is available at StatSheet.com. The opening Vegas line favors 'Nova by 19.0 points.

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.
  • •ist your predicted score for Villanova first, followed by the score for the opponent (e.g., Cats 100, Marist 75)