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Closest to the Pin Round 6 - St. John's

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Vegas and the VUHoops Crowd all climbed aboard BosshogHazzard's Pain Train for this one, predicting a ~25 winning margin for the Cats. While ‘Nova did not quite live up to those lofty expectations, they did eke out a 10 point win. In this round of the contest, no tee shots found the out-of-bounds area and six players found the green. There now is an unprecedented 11-way tie for first place in the Contest. We've raised $335 in this game for Villanova Men's basketball and NovaDave's Wawa Arena at Villanova and $1,965 after six rounds with three to go.

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RESULTS: With the Cats eking out a win over St. John's, 73 - 63, we congratulate six players who scored in this round, as follows:

Player

Nova

St. John's

PTS

JK13

76

63

3

nynovascott

75

62

3

A35Blaze

73

59

2

KellysPop

78

62

1

NovaFlyer

77

65

1

Wildecat15

78

62

1

Leader Board (After 6 Rounds)

PLAYER PTS
drewnardone 3
drpainosaurus 3
JK13 3
jnmurf16 3
Johnny Burke 3
johnpaul99 3
novAbrasion 3
NovaKG 3
nynovascott 3
patqueenan 3
Xyznova 3
A35Blaze 2
Bugus_Smalls 2
jackieboy_98 2
Kantcant 2
Novabrasion2 2
pink lady 2
Terchmil 2
BosshoggHazzard 1
CatsPatsSox 1
champs'02 1
Chris Lane 1
Eberz for 3! 1
jwscones 1
KellysPop 1
NovaFlyer 1
ryanshock24 1
son of 61 alum 1
Steve92 1
Wildecat15 1
Zxcvbnmmnbvcxz 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 for Villanova and St. John's vs. the posted Vegas line on the game, would have had a PUSH by taking St. John's getting 26.0 points ($100 WIN) and betting the OVER ($100 LOSS). The details are shown below. For the contest through this game, we would be UP $200.

Spread

Over / Under

VUHoops

-24.0

148.0

Vegas

-26.0

140.0

Bet

St. John's +26.0

OVER

Actual

Nova by 10

136

Outcome

WIN

LOSS

Payoff

+100

-100

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UPDATE (February 13, Tip-Off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one:

  • # Reader Predictions: 67
  • % Picking Cats to Win: 100%
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $335
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $1,965

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd's Prediction:

  • Spread: Villanova -24.0
  • Total Points: 148.0
  • Final Score: Nova 86 - St. John's 62

Vegas Prediction

  • Spread:  Villanova -26.0
  • Total Points:  140.0
  • Final Score: Nova 83 - St. John's 57

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Window Opening (February 12, 7:00AM): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova's game vs. St. John's on Wednesday. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After five rounds, we have 25 players on the leaderboard and an unprecedented 9-way tie for first place, shared among drewnardone, drpainosaurus, jnmurf16, Johnny Burke, johnpaul99, novAbrasion, NovaKG, patqueenan, and Xyznova. The full Leader Board is posted HERE.

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


'Nova

St. John's

Record

21-3 (11-1)

7-18   (0-12)

AP Ranking

*** #1 ***

NR

RPI

#3

#201

SOS

#10

#15

Avg. Pts. Scored

75.9

65.3

Avg. Pts. Allowed

61.0

75.2

Enter your predicted final score in the comments section in the format: NOVA xx, St. John's yy.

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