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Closest to the Pin Contest Round 5 – DePaul

The VUHoops Crowd prediction of 82-66 was almost spot-on. Bosshog's predicted 45 point winning margin approached rational exuberance. Terchmil and youngBUCK take the brass ring in this one, but VUHoops staffer Noah Thacker jumped into first place overall. We raised $132.50 in this game toward Nova Dave's Wawa Arena At Villanova, bringing the total raised to $292.50.

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RESULTS: With the Cats dominating DePaul, 81 – 64, we congratulate six VUHoops readers who earned points in this round.

  1. Terchmil (Nova 82, DePaul 64) awarded 3 points
  2. youngBUCK (Nova 81, DePaul 63) awarded 3 points
  3. Noah Thacker (Nova 81, DePaul 66) awarded 2 points
  4. Philanova (Nova 79, DePaul 65) awarded 1 points
  5. StephDon (Nova 81, DePaul 67) awarded 1 point
  6. Villanovakevin14 (Nova 80, DePaul 66) awarded 1 point

The updated leader board after five rounds is provided below.

Player Points
Noah Thacker 5
NovaKG 4
youngBUCK 4
drpainosaurus 3
John-Knee V 3
Terchmil 3
Johnny Burke 2
jpbfrog 2
kevin.pulsifer 2
nationer15 2
speedracer33 2
Sweetness and Light 2
villadelphiapa 2
willyannan 2
Zxcvbnmmnbvcxz 2
Eberz for 3! 1
Kantcant 1
NovaDave 1
NovaEngineer 1
Philanova 1
ryanschock24 1
StephDon 1
villanovakevin14 1

VUHOOPS vs. VEGAS: Based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd and the posted Vegas line, we would have had a SPLIT by betting DePaul +21.0 points (WIN) and betting the OVER (LOSS). After three rounds, we would be down $200


UPDATE (January 10, Tip-Off ) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd saw this one .

# Reader Predictions:  53

% Picking Cats to Win: 100%

$ Raised for Nova Men’s Basketball (this game): $132.50

$ Raised for Nova Men’s Basketball (cummulative): $292.50

Wisdom of VUHoops' Crowd Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova -16.0

o Over/Under: 148.0

o Final Score: Nova 82 - DePaul 66

Vegas Odds Makers' Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova: -21

o Over/Under: 145.5

o Final Score: Nova 83- DePaul 62


CTTP DePaul Jan 2014

Window Opening (January 9, 11:00 AM): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova’s game on Saturday vs. DePaul. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After four rounds, NovaKG is in the lead with four points. The full Leader Board is posted HERE.

Don't forget that you support Villanova Men's Basketball by playing Closest to the Pin.  A contribution of $2.50 will be made to Villanova Men's Basketball and Nova Dave’s Wawa Arena at Villanova for each score posted over the final nine conference home games up to a maximum of $5,000. We raised only $160 so far. Let’s try to up the ante by raising $250 in this round by getting 100 readers to post predictions!

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






AP Ranking









Avg. Points Scored



Avg. Points Allowed



Villanova's best win this season was over VCU (AP #14; RPI #4), while the Cat’s only loss was at Seton Hall (AP #19; RPI #13). DePaul’s best win was vs. Stanford (RPI #32), while their worst loss came at the hands of Loyola Marymount (RPI #249).

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