Update: Saturday, February 27 (Game Results). With the Cat’s 68-81 loss to St. John’s, we congratulate three VU Hoops readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: Johnnyb1 (68-77) earning 5.0 points; Silver Medal: Old School (70-75) earning 3.0 points; Bronze Medal: mj (67-72) earning 1.0 point. Our updated leader board is provided below.
VUHoops vs. Vegas: Based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd and the posted Vegas line, we would have won $200 by betting ‘St. John’s +6 (win) and the Over (win). The details follow. With the double-win, we are now +$500 for the season.
|Spread||'Nova -4.0||'Nova -6.0||SJU + 6.0||SJU by 13||WIN|
Leader Board After 29 Rounds
|hit the bid||10.5|
|Two in the Pinkston||8.0|
|Pete (Aliti 13)||2.5|
Update: Saturday, February 27 (Game Time). A total of 52 VUHoops readers posted predictions, six picking the Red Storm to win. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova winning by a score of 71-67 (a margin of 4.0 points and implied over/under of 138). The Vegas odds makers are picking 'Nova to win by 6.0 points and set the over/under at 134.5 points, implying a final score of 70-64. KenPom.com’s model is predicting Nova to win by 7.0 points by a score of 71-64.
Scatter Plot of Predicted Scores
Window Opening: Thursday , February 24 (4:00 PM). The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game vs. St. John’s on Saturday at 2:00 PM (Wells Fargo Center) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. After twenty-eight rounds, regred has jumped into the lead with 25.0 points. Click here to see our current leader board. In our VUHoops vs. Vegas competition, VUHoops is up $300 for the season.
The #15 Cats (21-7, 9-6) have an RPI of 27, a SOS of 34, are scoring an average of 73.9 PPG while giving up an average of 64.1. The #23 Red Storm (18-9, 10-5) have an RPI of 10, a SOS of 1, and are scoring an average of 69.4 PPG while giving up an average of 66.3. The margins of victory / defeat for all of St. John’s Big East games so far this season are as follows:
|St. John's Wins||Winning Margin|
|St. John's Losses||Losing Margin|
More statistical information about Syracuse is available at Statsheet.com.
KenPom.com’s model is predicting Nova to win by 6.0 points by a score of 70-64.
Be sure to check out Brian’s game preview.
Special Note: When posting scores, please remember to list your predicted score for Villanova first, followed by the opponent’s score (e.g., ‘Nova 70 – St. John’s 65).