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Closest to the Pin Contest Round 8: Penn

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s 65-53 win over Penn, we congratulate four VUH readers who took medals in this game. Gold Medal: mfc4293 (66-54), earning 5 pts.; Silver Medal: miles'88 (70-54), earning 3 pts; Bronze Medals: TK87 (70-55) and Joe (71-54) earning 1 pt each.


Reader Points
TK87 8.5
Pat'12 7.5
TC'87 7.5
mfc4293 5.0
Steph 4.5
novafan95 4.0
Beardog 3.0
Dj pizzle 3.0
miles'88 3.0
Colt 2.5
doctor feelgoodes 2.5
Hugh Jass 2.5
Joe 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
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: Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 PM. A total of 98 VUH readers posted predictions, with none favoring Penn. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning 80-61 (a margin of 21.0 points and implied over/under of 141). The Vegas odds makers are picking ‘Nova by 16.5 points but did not post an over/under on this game.


Window Opening: Monday, December 6, 8:30 PM. The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game visiting the Pennsylvania Quakers on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After seven rounds, we have a three-way tie for first place among Pat’12, TC’87 and TK87, each with 7.5 points. Click here to see our updated leader board.

The #12 Cats (6-1) have an RPI of 54, a SOS of 180 and are scoring an average of 77.3 points while giving up an average of 59.1. The Quakers (3-2) are not ranked, have an RPI of 160, a SOS of 210, and score an average of 64.3 points while allowing an average of 64.5. Penn’s three wins have come against Lafayette (+9), Maryland-Baltimore (+12) and Army (+16). Their two losses have come against Drexel (-21) and Pitt (-24). More statistical information about the Quakers is available at

Be sure to check out Brian’s game preview

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

  • December – March Games (except Rivalry Games): Points are awarded to winners as follows: Bulls-eye = 10 points; Gold (non-bulls-eye) =5 pts; Silver = 3pts; Bronze = 1pt.
  • 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)