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Closest to the Pin Round 3 - Marquette

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Vegas saw the Cats winning this one by 17.5, while the VUHoops crowd called it a bit closer at a 13.5 point margin. The right answer was somewhere in between at 15 points. BosshogHazzard sat alone in the Irrational Exuberance Zone predicting a 47 point margin. Ten players found a very tiny green, with three just missing a hole-in-one. We raised $380 in this game for Villanova Men's basketball and Nova Dave's Wawa Arena at Villanova, bringing the total raised over three games to $1,035.

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RESULTS: With the Cats solid win over Marquette, 83 - 68, we congratulate ten VUHoops readers who scored in this round, as follows:

Player

Nova

Marquette

Points

drewnardone

83

67

3

patqueenan

82

68

3

Xyznova

84

68

3

jackieboy_98

84

69

2

Johnny Burke

81

68

2

pink lady

81

68

2

Chris Lane

83

65

1

Eberz for 3!

80

68

1

son of 61 alum

86

68

1

Steve92

82

66

1

Leader Board (After 3 Rounds)

PLAYER PTS
drewnardone 3
johnpaul99 3
novAbrasion 3
NovaKG 3
patqueenan 3
Xyznova 3
jackieboy_98 2
Johnny Burke 2
Kantcant 2
Novabrasion2 2
pink lady 2
BosshoggHazzard 1
champs'02 1
Chris Lane 1
Eberz for 3! 1
son of 61 alum 1
Steve92 1

VUHOOPS vs. VEGAS: Based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd and the posted Vegas line, we would have had a SINGLE WIN by taking Marquette getting 17.5 points (WIN) and not betting the OVER (NO BET). For the contest, we would be even money.

UPDATE (January 12, Game Time) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd saw this one:

# Reader Predictions:  76

% Picking Cats to Win: 99%

$ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $380

$ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $1,035

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd's Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova -13.5

o Over/Under: 143.5

o Final Score: Nova 79 - Marquette 65

Vegas Odds Makers' Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova: -17.5

o Over/Under: 143.5

o Final Score: Nova 81 - Marquette 63

Scatter Plot of Predicted Scores:

Window Opening (January 12): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova's game vs. Marquette on Wednesday. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After two rounds, johnpaul99, novAbrasion and NovaKG 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

Marquette

Record

14-2 (4-0)

12-4   (2-2)

AP Ranking

#11

NR

RPI

#1

#102

SOS

#1

#196

Avg. Pts. Scored

77.7

77.8

Avg. Pts. Allowed

60.5

70.8

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

Note:  due to work-related commitments, I may be unable to post the results of this round until 24-48 hours after the game.

The comments will close when the game tips off.  Good luck!