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Closest to the Pin Round 10: Delaware

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s 78-59 win over Delaware, we congratulate five VU Hoops readers who took medals in this game. Gold Medal: Joe scored the first bulls-eye of the season (78-59), earning 10 pts.; Silver Medals: Ed’08 (77-59) and Pat’12 (77-59), earning 3 pts; Bronze Medals: Stevie V. (80-59) and Beardog (79-60) earning 1 pt each.

LEADER BOARD AFTER 10 ROUNDS

Reader Points
Joe 12.5
Pat'12 10.5
TC'87 10.5
TK87 8.5
Joey 7.5
mfc4293 6.0
Steph 4.5
Beardog 4.0
novafan95 4.0
Stevie V 3.5
Dj pizzle 3.0
Ed'08 3.0
miles'88 3.0
Colt 2.5
doctor feelgoodes 2.5
Hugh Jass 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
Friar Fanatic'13 1.5
Mark A 1.5
mprams 1.5
Pete (Aliti 13) 1.5
Andy'06 1.0
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: Saturday, December 18 (Game Time). A total of 82 VU Hoops readers posted predictions, with none picking Delaware. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning by a score of 82-64 (a margin of 18.0 points and implied over/under of 146). The Vegas odds makers are picking ‘Nova by 16.0 points with the over/under set at 138.5 (implying a final score of 77-61). BossHogHazzard predicts "Blowout City" with the Cats taking it 115-34.

SCATTER PLOT DEPICTING PREDICTED SCORES

Window Opening: Thursday, December 16 (8:00 am). The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game vs. Delaware on Saturday at 7:30 PM in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After nine rounds TC’87 sits alone atop the leader board with 10.5 points. Click here to see our full leader board.

The #10 Cats (8-1) have an RPI of 33, a SOS of 148 and are scoring an average of 76.7 PPG while giving up an average of 60.9 PPG. The Fightin’ Blue Hens (5-2) are not ranked, have an RPI of 90, a SOS of 178, and score an average of 64.9 PPG while allowing an average of 61.6 PPG. Villanova and Delaware have played one common opponent – Lafayette – with both winning (Cats by 45 points, Delaware by 3 points). Delaware’s other wins have come against Howard (+32), Old Dominion (+8), Hampton (+2) and Delaware State (+11). Their two losses have come against Ohio (-19) and Cornell (-14). More statistical information about Delaware is available at Statsheet.com.

Be sure to check out Brian’s game preview.

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

  • List your predicted score for Villanova first, followed by the score for the opponent (e.g., Cats 100, Marist 75)
  • 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 enforce our rule prohibiting duplicate score predictions. .
  • 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.