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BosshogHazzard was alone in the Exuberance Zone, predicting a winning margin of 44 points. Vegas saw the Cats winning this one by 10 and predicted the score perfectly. The VUHoops crowd predicted a 12-point margin. Only one player drove the ball out of bounds and 14 found the green, with three just missing a hole-in-one. We raised $325 in this game for Villanova Men's basketball and Nova Dave's Wawa Arena at Villanova, bringing the total raised over three games to $2,290.

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RESULTS: With the Cats impressive win over Butler, 77 - 67, we congratulate 14 VUHoops readers who scored in this round, as follows:

Player

Nova

Butler

PTS

LindyRuff

78

67

3

Tpstone

78

67

3

Zxcvbnmmnbvcxz

78

67

3

Billy Vinci

78

66

2

Chris Lane

78

68

2

NovaFlyer

77

65

2

Willyannan

77

65

2

Eberz for 3!

79

66

1

Gary Massey Throw-Down

78

69

1

Patqueenan

80

67

1

RJG09

77

64

1

Sweetness and Light

77

64

1

Terchmil

75

66

1

Two in the Pinkston

74

67

1

Leader Board (After 7 Rounds)

PLAYER PTS
patqueenan 4
Zxcvbnmmnbvcxz 4
Chris Lane 3
drewnardone 3
drpainosaurus 3
JK13 3
jnmurf16 3
Johnny Burke 3
johnpaul99 3
LindyRuff 3
novAbrasion 3
NovaKG 3
nynovascott 3
Terchmil 3
tpstone 3
Xyznova 3
A35Blaze 2
Billy Vinci 2
Bugus_Smalls 2
Eberz for 3! 2
jackieboy_98 2
Kantcant 2
Novabrasion2 2
NovaFlyer 2
pink lady 2
willyannan 2
BosshoggHazzard 1
CatsPatsSox 1
champs'02 1
Gary Massey Throw-Down 1
jwscones 1
KellysPop 1
NovaFlyer 1
RJG09 1
ryanshock24 1
son of 61 alum 1
Steve92 1
Sweetness and Light 1
Two in the Pinkston 1
Wildecat15 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 Butler vs. the posted Vegas line on the game, would have had a PUSH by taking ‘Nova giving 10.5 points ($100 LOSS) with NO BET on total points.  The details are shown below. For the contest through this game, we would be UP $100.

Spread

Over / Under

VUHoops

-12.0

144.0

Vegas

-10.5

144.0

Bet

Nova -10.5

No Bet

Actual

Nova by 10

141.0

Outcome

LOSS

No Bet

Payoff

-$100

No Bet

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UPDATE (February 20, Tip-Off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one:

  • # Reader Predictions: 65
  • % Picking Cats to Win: 98%
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $325
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $2,290

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd:

  • Spread: Villanova -12.0
  • Total Points: 144.0
  • Final Score: Nova 78 - Butler 66

Vegas Oddsmakers:

  • Spread:  Villanova -10.0
  • Total Points:  144.0
  • Final Score: Nova 77 - Butler 67

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Window Opening (February 19, 7:00AM): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova's game vs. Butler on Saturday. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After six rounds, we have 25 players on the leaderboard and an unprecedented 11-way tie for first place, shared among drewnardone, drpainosaurus, JK13, jnmurf16, Johnny Burke, johnpaul99, novAbrasion, NovaKG, nynovascott, patqueenan, and Xyznova. The full Leader Board is posted HERE.

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


'Nova

Butler

Record

23-3 (11-1)

18-8   (7-7)

AP Ranking

*** #1 ***

NR

RPI

#2

#30

SOS

#12

#59

Avg. Pts. Scored

76.0

80.8

Avg. Pts. Allowed

61.3

69.8

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

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