Update: January 14 (Game Results) With the Cat’s 78-82 loss to Cincinnati, we congratulate three VUHoops readers who took medals in this round. Gold Medal: Bill ‘62 (81-78), earning 5.0 points; Silver Medal: Southoftheborder (82-78), earning 3.0 points; Bronze Medal: Jimmy (72-77) 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 had a DOUBLE-WIN by betting DePaul +7.5 (LOSS) and the Under (LOSS). The details follow. With the double-win, we are now -$200 for the season.
|Spread||‘Nova +3||‘Nova +8||‘Nova +8||Cincy by 4||WIN|
|barry class of 57||5.0|
Update: January 14 (Game Time) A total of 54 VUHoops readers have posted predictions, with 25 (46%) picking the Bearcats to win. As a group, the readers see ‘Nova losing by a score of 67-70 (a margin of 3.0 points and implied over/under of 137). The Vegas odds makers pick Cincinnati to win by 8.0 and set the over/under at 134.0 points, implying a final score of 63-71.
Scatter Plot of Predicted Scores
Window Opening (Thursday, January 12, 8:30 PM) The window is now open for readers to post their predicted final scores for ‘Nova’s game at Cincinnati on Saturday at 12 Noon ET (WPHL-17) in our Closest to the Pin Contest. Clarkkell now stands alone in first place with 14.0 points. Click here to see our updated leader board.
Villanova (8-9, 1-4) is unranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls but is ranked #81 by Kenpom.com. The Cats have a RPI of 109, a SOS of 12, and score an average of 72.4 PPG while giving up an average of 69.4 PPG.
Cincinnati (13-4, 3-1) is unranked in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, but is ranked #44 by Kenpom.com. The Bearcats have an RPI of 111, a SOS of 226, and are scoring an average of 69.9 PPG while giving up an average of 57.6 PPG. The wins and losses break down as follows:
|Arkansas Pine Bluffs||318||-||Home||101||53|
Be sure to check out Brian’s game preview.
When posting predictions, please:
- 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.
- List your predicted score for Villanova first, followed by the score for the opponent (e.g., Cats 100, Bearcats 75)