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BosshogHazzard and PokerChris were paired in the Exuberance Zone, predicting an average winning margin of 44 points. They weren't far off the mark. Vegas saw the Cats winning this one by 11.5, while the VUHoops crowd called it a bit closer at a 9.0 point margin. Hot three-point shooting by the Cats proved both predictions were too low, with Nova winning by 25. Three players found a very small green, with last year's champion returning to the winner's circle. We raised $310 in this game for Villanova Men's basketball and Nova Dave's Wawa Arena at Villanova, bringing the total raised over five rounds to $1,630.

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RESULTS: With the Cats impressive win over Creighton, 83 - 58, we congratulate three VUHoops readers who scored in this round, as follows:

Player

Nova

Creighton

PTS

drpainosaurus

84

59

3

Bugus_Smalls

81

61

2

Ryanshock24

83

65

1

Leader Board (After 5 Rounds)

PLAYER PTS
drewnardone 3
drpainosaurus 3
jnmurf16 3
Johnny Burke 3
johnpaul99 3
novAbrasion 3
NovaKG 3
patqueenan 3
Xyznova 3
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
ryanshock24 1
son of 61 alum 1
Steve92 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 Creighton vs. the posted Vegas line on the game, would have had a PUSH by taking Creighton getting 11.5 points ($100 LOSS) and betting the UNDER ($100 WIN). The details are shown below. For the contest through this game, we would be UP $200.

Spread

Over / Under

VUHoops

-9.0

143.0

Vegas

-11.5

144.0

Bet

Creighton +11.5

UNDER

Actual

Nova by 25

141.0

Outcome

LOSS

Win

Payoff

-100

+100

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UPDATE (February 3, 8:00PM) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one:

  • # Reader Predictions: 62
  • % Picking Cats to Win: 98%
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $310
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $1,630

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd's Prediction:

  • Spread: Villanova -9.0
  • Total Points: 143.0
  • Final Score: Nova 76 - Creighton 67

Vegas Prediction

  • Spread:  Villanova -11.5
  • Total Points:  144.0
  • Final Score: Nova 78 - Creighton 66

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Window Opening (February 2, 7:00AM): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova's game vs. Creighton on Wednesday. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After four rounds, we have 22 players on the leaderboard and an unprecedented 8-way tie for first place, shared among drewnardone, 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

Creighton

Record

18-3 (8-1)

14-8   (5-4)

AP Ranking

#3

NR

RPI

#2

#103

SOS

#8

#69

Avg. Pts. Scored

75.6

81.7

Avg. Pts. Allowed

61.6

73.1

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

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