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Closest to the Pin Round 8: Marquette

We had three players on the green, with NovaDave closest to the pin, winning 3 points to move into second place. Round 7 leader, drpainosaurus, was second-closest, picking up 2 points to keep the lead going into Round 9. We raised $155 this round toward Villanova Men's Basketball and Nova Dave’s Wawa Arena at Villanova and an even $700 contest-to-date.

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RESULTS: With the Cats ugly but convincing win over Marquette, 70 - 52, we congratulate three VUHoops readers who earned points in this round.

  1. NovaDave (Nova 70, Marquette 54) awarded 3 points
  2. drpainosaurus (Nova 70, Marquette 55) awarded 2 points
  3. Steve92 (Nova 72, Marquette 55) awarded 1 points

The updated leader board is provided below.

Player Points
drpainosaurus 8
NovaDave 7
Noah Thacker 5
NovaKG 4
youngBUCK 4
John-Knee V 3
Terchmil 3
Johnny Burke 2
jpbfrog 2
Kantcant 2
kevin.pulsifer 2
MoSuttonMoProblems 2
nationer15 2
nova09nyc 2
NovaEngineer 2
speedracer33 2
Sweetness and Light 2
villadelphiapa 2
willyannan 2
WreckinCrew56-55-53-58 2
Zxcvbnmmnbvcxz 2
Eberz for 3! 1
marty1029 1
NovaFlyer 1
nynovascott 1
Philanova 1
Ramon Usategui 1
ryanschock24 1
StephDon 1
Steve92 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 NOVA giving 14.0 points (WIN) and betting the OVER (LOSS). After eight rounds, we would be even money.

UPDATE (February 4, Tip-Off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one:

# Reader Predictions:  62

% Picking Cats to Win: 100%

$ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $155.00

$ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $700.00

Wisdom of VUHoops' Crowd Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova -16.0

o Over/Under: 140.0

o Final Score: Nova 78 - Marquette 62

Vegas Odds Makers' Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova: -14.0

o Over/Under: 130

o Final Score: Nova 72- Marquette 58


Window Opening (February 3, 8:00 AM): The window is now open for you to post your predicted final score for Wednesday's game vs. Marquette. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

Going into this round, drpainosaurus is in the lead with six 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 $545 so far.

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




19-2 (6-2)

10-11 (2-7)

AP Ranking









Avg. Pts. Scored



Avg. Pts. Allowed



Villanova's best win this season was over VCU (AP #15; RPI #9), while the Cat's worst loss was at Seton Hall (AP NR; RPI #34). Marquette's best win was vs. Providence (AP NR, RPI #23), while their worst loss came vs. Nebraska-Omaha (RPI #315).

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