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Closest to the Pin Round 12: Temple

Update: Game Results: The VUHoops Crowd did an exceptional job with their predictions for this game. With the Cat’s 78-74 win over Temple, we congratulate three VU Hoops readers who took medals in this game. Gold Medal: Nervous Nelly (78-74) scored our second bulls-eye of the season, earning 10 points; Silver Medal: regred (78-75), earning 3 points; Bronze Medal: Simple’07 (80-74), earning 1 point. Our updated leader board is provided below.

VUHoops vs. Vegas: Based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd, we would have bet $100 each on THE OVER (130.5) and TEMPLE +6. VUHoops would have won both bets, putting us ahead for the season +$200.


Reader Points
Joe 12.5
Nervous Nelly 10.5
Pat'12 10.5
TC'87 10.5
TK87 8.5
Hugh Jass 7.5
Joey 7.5
Dj pizzle 6.0
mfc4293 6.0
Beardog 5.0
novafan95 5.0
Steph 4.5
Andy'06 4.0
Stevie V 3.5
Ed'08 3.0
miles'88 3.0
regred 3.0
Colt 2.5
doctor feelgoodes 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
friartownmayor'13 1.5
Mark A 1.5
mprams 1.5
Pete (Aliti 13) 1.5
Chicken Dinner 1.0
Pena Power 1.0
Rich'09 1.0
Simple'07 1.0
Vinny'06 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

Update: Wednesday, December 29 (Game Time). A total of 87 VUHoops readers posted predictions, with 11 (13%) picking Temple to win. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning in a low scoring game, 71-67 (a margin of 4.0 points and implied over/under of 138). The Vegas odds makers are picking 'Nova by 6.0 points with the over/under set at 130.5, implying a final score of 68-62. Bosshoghazzard predicts that "[‘Nova] rips [Temple] by no less than 70, 127 to 50."

VUHoops vs. Vegas: The VUHoops Crowd would bet THE OVER and TEMPLE +6.


Window Opening: Tuesday, December 28 (8:00 pm). The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game vs. Temple on Thursday at 7:00 PM (Pavilion / ESPN2) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After eleven rounds, Joe sits alone atop the leader board with 12.5 points. Click here to see our full leader board.

The #8 Cats (10-1) have an RPI of 37, a SOS of 186 and are scoring an average of 76.7 PPG while giving up an average of 58.5 PPG. The Owls (9-2) are ranked #25, have an RPI of 10, a SOS of 29, and score an average of 68.1 PPG while allowing an average of 58.1 PPG. Temple’s more notable wins have come against Seton Hall (+6), Georgia (+7), Maryland (+3), Georgetown (+3), and Akron (+35). Their two losses have come against California (-7) and Texas A&M (-3). More statistical information about Temple is available at

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

  • List your predicted score for Villanova first, followed by the score for the opponent (e.g., Cats 100, Owls 75)
  • Note that for 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.
  • Note the following 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 guests or anonymous readers cannot be accepted.