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Closest to the Pin Returns! Round 1: DePaul

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Vegas and the VUHoops crowd were highly confident in this one, but sloppy play from the Cats made it a nail-biter that came down to the final shot. The silver lining for the Cats is: (1) a win is a win, and (2) we raised $435 in this game for Villanova Men's basketball. For the first round of the Contest, no player found the green, but our three winners were reasonably short wedge shots away.

RESULTS: With the Cats sloppy win over DePaul, 68 - 65, we congratulate 3 VUHoops contestants who scored in this round, as recapped in the scatterplot and table below.

Players receiving points in this round (to see results for all 87 contestants in this round, click HERE):

Player

Nova

DePaul

PTS

A35Blaze

76

64

3

PokerChris

81

65

2

Will Schreefer

79

62

1


VUHOOPS vs. VEGAS: A theoretical gambler making two wagers (i.e., betting the spread and total score) based on the insights of the VUHoops Crowd as expressed in the median predicted scores vs. the posted Vegas line on the game, would have had a DOUBLE-LOSS by taking ‘Nova giving 24.5 points ($100 LOSS) and taking the OVER on total points ($100 LOSS).  The details are shown below. For the contest through this game, we are down $200.

Spread

Over / Under

VUHoops

-26.0

146.0

Vegas

-24.5

142.5

Bet

Nova -24.5

OVER

Actual

Nova by 3

133.0

Outcome

LOSS

LOSS

Payoff

-$100

-$100


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UPDATE (December 28 6:30PM Tip-Off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd saw this one:

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd:

  • % Picking Cats to Win: 100%
  • Spread: Villanova -26.0
  • Total Points: 148.0
  • Final Score: Nova 87 - DePaul 61

Vegas Odds Makers:

  • Spread:  Villanova -24.5
  • Total Points:  141.5
  • Final Score: Nova 83 - DePaul 59

Cash Raised for Villanova Basketball:

  • # Reader Predictions: 87
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $435
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $435

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The Closest to the Pin Contest returns for its seventh season, beginning with the upcoming DePaul game on Wednesday, December 28. Our past Champions are:

  • 2015-16 Season: The Arch
  • 2014-15 Season: drpainosaurus
  • 2013-14 Season: PacADAM
  • 2011-12 Season: Dom & Scott0220 (Tie)
  • 2010-11 Season: Regred
  • 2009-10 Season: Andy'06
This year's contest will cover Villanova's nine home conference games plus its January 29 out-of-conference game vs. Virginia at Wells Fargo Center.   In addition to the prize awarded to the contestant earning the most points over the ten-game contest, a contribution of $5 will be made to Villanova Men's Basketball for each prediction posted, up to a maximum $500 per game and $5,000 for the Contest.  SB Nation has no responsibility for this aspect of the contest; the contribution will be funded entirely by the VUHoops staff.

Contestants predict the final score prior to tip-off of each game. Points will be awarded to the three contestants with the smallest absolute difference between their predicted scores and the actual final score of the game without regard to whether the contestant correctly picked the winning team. The contestant coming closest to the final score earns three (3) points, second closest earns two (2) points and third closest earns one (1) point. If the player with the most accurate prediction picks the score exactly (i.e., a "Hole-in-One"), he or she earns three (3) bonus points (i.e., 6 points in total). There can be more than three contestants earning points in the event of one or more ties.

The contestant accumulating the most points over the ten-game contest will win bragging rights as this season's best prognosticator among the VUHoops.com faithful, plus a $50 gift certificate from Fanatics.com that can be used toward the purchase of Villanova gear.

Now let's begin the process of determining who will rise to become our 2016-17 Champion.

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Window Opening (December 26, 11:00am ET): The window is now open for you to post your predicted final score for Wednesday's game vs. DePaul. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

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

'Nova

DePaul

Record

12-0 (0-0)

7-6 (0-0)

AP Ranking

#1

NR

RPI

#1

#220

SOS

#27

#243

Avg. Pts. Scored

80.8

73.0

Avg. Pts. Allowed

63.0

70.2

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

The comments will close when the game tips off.

Good luck!