Update: Saturday, February 2 (Game Results). With the Cat’s 75-70 victory over Marquette, we congratulate eleven VU Hoops readers who took medals in this game. Bulls-eyes: Barney Rubble (75-70) and NovaFlyer (75-70), earning 10.0 points each; Silver Medals: chuck st. petersburg (75-69), Mouph Man (75-71) and Two in the Pinkston (75-69), earning 3.0 points each; and Bronze Medals: dom (77-70), Kait’08 (77-70), mj (74-71), Muhley (76-71), pttam7yanks (74-69) and Steph (75-68), earning 1.0 points each. Our updated leader board is provided below.
VUHoops vs. Vegas: Placing two rational bets based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd vs. the posted Vegas line and total points, we would have won $200 on this game. The details follow. We are now +$1,000 for the season.
|Point Spread||'Nova -5||'Nova -6||Marquette +6||WIN|
Leader Board After 22 Rounds
|Two in the Pinkston||8.0|
|hit the bid||6.0|
|Pete (Aliti 13)||1.5|
Update: Wednesday, February 2 (Game Time). A total of 67 VUHoops readers posted predictions, four picking the Golden Eagles to win. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning by a score of 76-71 (a margin of 5.0 points and implied over/under of 147). The Vegas odds makers also are picking 'Nova to win by 6.0 points and set the over/under at 149.5 points, implying a final score of 78.72. KenPom.com’s model is predicting Nova to win by 7.0 points by a score of 79-72.
Scatter Plot of Predicted Scores
Window Opening: Monday, January 31 (9:00 PM). The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game vs. Marquette on Wednesday at 7:00 PM (Pavilion / ESPNU) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After twenty-one rounds, Beardog has taken the lead with 15.5 points. Click here to see our full leader board. In our VUHoops vs. Vegas competition, VUHoops is up $800.
The #12 Cats (17-4, 5-3) have an RPI of 10, a SOS of 36 and are scoring an average of 76.0 PPG while giving up an average of 63.8 PPG. The Golden Eagles (14-8, 5-4) are unranked, have an RPI of 58, a SOS of 28, and score an average of 79.8 PPG while allowing an average of 68.8 PPG.
Marquette’s Big East wins have come against West Virginia (+5), Rutgers (+8), Notre Dame (+22), DePaul (+30) and Syracuse (+6). Their Big East losses have come against Pittsburgh (-8), Louisville (-1), Notre Dame (-5) and Connecticut (-8). More statistical information about Marquette is available at Statsheet.com.
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, Friars 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.