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The VUHoops Crowd saw the Cats winning this one by 14, by a score of 77-63. Vegas saw it a bit closer, with the Cats giving 11.5 points, winning 71 - 59. Poker Chris joined BosshogHazzard in the Irrational Exuberance Zone, with The Boss and Chris picking the Cats by a margin of 89 points and 111 points, respectively. It turned out to be a game for the ages, with the Cats knotting the score in the closing seconds and taking it in overtime 82 - 77. Three players earned points in this one, with John-Knee V grabbing the brass ring.

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RESULTS: With the Cats thrilling come from behind overtime win over Syracuse, 82 – 77, we congratulate three VUHoops readers who earned points in this round.

  1. John-Knee V (Nova 81, ‘Cuse 73) awarded 3 points
  2. Johnny Burke (Nova 85, ‘Cuse 73) awarded 2 points
  3. NovaDave (Nova 88, ‘Cuse 75) awarded 1 point

The updated leader board after three rounds is provided below.

LEADER BOARD

Player Points
drpainosaurus 3
John-Knee V 3
Noah Thacker 3
SMOKIN JAY WRIGHT 3
Johnny Burke 2
kevin.pulsifer 2
speedracer33 2
Sweetness and Light 2
villadelphiapa 2
Zxcvbnmmnbvcxz 2
Eberz for 3! 1
Kantcant 1
NovaDave 1
NovaKG 1
ryanschock24 1

VUHOOPS vs. VEGAS: Based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd and the posted Vegas line, we would have had a PUSH by taking ‘Nova giving 11.5 points (LOSS) and betting the OVER (WIN). After three rounds, we would be even money.

UPDATE (December 20, Tip-Off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd saw this one.

# Reader Predictions: 48

% Picking Cats to Win: 100%

Wisdom of VUHoops' Crowd Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova -14.0

o Over/Under: 140.0

o Final Score: Cats 77 - Temple 63

Vegas Odds Makers' Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova -11.5

o Over/Under: 130

o Final Score: Cats 71- Temple 59

SCATTER PLOT OF PREDICTED SCORES

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Window Opening (December 19): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Saturday's game vs. Syracuse. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After two rounds, drpainosaurus, Noah Thacker and SMOKIN JAY WRIGHT are tied for the lead with three points each. The full Leader Board is posted HERE.

The table below provides a head-to-head comparison of the two teams.

Nova
Syracuse
Record
10-0
6-3
AP Ranking
7
NR
RPI
13
71
SOS
107
50
Avg. Points Scored
76.1
68.2
Avg. Points Allowed
56.7
57.3

Villanova's best win this season (based on RPI) was over VCU (RPI 5). Syracuse’s best win was over Iowa (RPI 89), while their worst loss came at the hands of California (RPI 109).

Enter your predicted final score in the comments section in the format: NOVA xx, Syracuse yy. Good luck!