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Closest to the Pin Round 14: USF

Update: Game Results: With the Cat’s 83-71 victory at USF, we congratulate 13 VU Hoops readers who took medals in this game. Gold Medals: marty1029 (85-71) and Two in the Pinkston (83-69) and REPRESENT804 (83-73), earning 5 points each; Silver Medals: Novachamps22 (86-71), mj (82-69), Schitzengigles (80-71) and Mark Anderson (85-70), earning 3 points each; Bronze Medals: DMC (81-69), TK87 (80-70), Doctorfeelgoodes (83-75), Matt (84-68), DJPizzle (82-68), and Stevie V (80-70), earning 1 point each. Our updated leader board is provided below.

VUHoops vs. Vegas: Based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd, we saw ‘Nova winning by 12 vs. the Vegas spread of 6.5. We therefore would have bet $100 on ‘Nova to cover the spread. With ‘Nova covering, we would have won $100, putting us +$400 for the season. Note: there was no posted over / under on this game.


Reader Points
Joe 12.5
Nervous Nelly 10.5
Pat'12 10.5
TC'87 10.5
chuck st.petersburg 10.0
Robertrise 10.0
TK87 9.5
Hugh Jass 7.5
Joey 7.5
Dj pizzle 7.0
mfc4293 7.0
Beardog 5.0
marty1029 5.0
novafan95 5.0
Two in the Pinkston 5.0
Steph 4.5
Stevie V 4.5
Andy'06 4.0
doctor feelgoodes 3.5
Bill '77 3.0
Ed'08 3.0
Mark Anderson 3.0
miles'88 3.0
mj 3.0
Novachamps22 3.0
regred 3.0
Schitzengigles 3.0
Tommyboy 3.0
Colt 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
DMC 1.0
hit the bid 1.0
Matt 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: Thursday, January 6 (Game Time). A total of 78 VUHoops readers posted predictions, none picking USF to win. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning by a score of 77-65 (a margin of 12.0 points and implied over/under of 142). The Vegas odds makers are picking ‘Nova by 6.5 points; there was no posted over/under on this game.

VUHoops vs. Vegas: The VUHoops Crowd would take 'Nova giving 6.5 points.


Window Opening: Tuesday, January 4 (8:00 pm). The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game at USF on Thursday at 7:00 PM (ESPNU) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After thirteen rounds, Joe remains alone atop the leader board with 12.5 points. In our VUHoops vs. Vegas competition, VUHoops is up $300. Click here to see our full leader board.

The #7 Cats (12-1, 1-0) have an RPI of 20, a SOS of 123 and are scoring an average of 77.2 PPG while giving up an average of 60.2 PPG. The Bulls (6-9, 0-2) are unranked, have an RPI of 77, a SOS of 11, and score an average of 60.9 PPG while allowing an average of 61.3 PPG. USF’s more notable wins have come against Texas Tech (+3) and VCU (+1). Losers of four straight, their most notable losses include Seton Hall (-9), Connecticut (-5), Southern Miss (-7), UCF (-6) and Brigham Young (-2). More statistical information about USF is available at

Be sure to check out Brian’s game preview.

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)
  • All future 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