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Closest to the Pin Round 8 - DePaul

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Vegas and the VUHoops crowd were highly confident in this one, but the depth of their conviction paled in comparison with that of BosshogHazzard. The Boss took off the gloves and proudly reopened the Irrational Exuberance Zone with gusto, picking the Cats by 69 points. The Cats won big, but not quite BosshogHazzard big. This round saw the first hole-in-one in three years, with hearty congratulations extended to our newest sharpshooter, The Arch, who jumps into first place in the contest. We raised $310 in this game for Villanova Men's basketball and Nova Dave's Wawa Arena at Villanova, bringing the total raised over eight rounds to $2,600.

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RESULTS: With the Cats impressive win over DePaul, 83 - 62, we congratulate 4 VUHoops readers who scored in this round, as recapped below.  Special kudos go out to The Arch, for his hole-in-one.

Player

Nova

DePaul

PTS

The Arch

83

62

6

RJG09

83

63

2

Ryan Bogg

84

61

1

tpstone

82

61

1

Leader Board After 8 Rounds

PLAYER PTS
The Arch 6
patqueenan 4
tpstone 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
RJG09 3
Terchmil 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
Ryan Bogg 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 DePaul vs. the posted Vegas line on the game, would have had a DOUBLE-WIN by taking DePaul getting 23.5 points ($100 WIN) and taking the OVER on total points ($100 WIN).  The details are shown below. For the contest through this game, we would be UP $300.

Spread

Over / Under

VUHoops

-21.0

147.0

Vegas

-23.5

140.0

Bet

DePaul +23.5

OVER

Actual

Nova by 21

145.0

Outcome

WIN

WIN

Payoff

+$100

+$100

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UPDATE (March 1, 7:00pm) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one so far:

  • # Reader Predictions: 62
  • % Picking Cats to Win: 100%
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $310
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $2,600

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd:

  • Spread: Villanova -21.0
  • Total Points: 147.0
  • Final Score: Nova 84 - DePaul 63

Vegas Odds Makers:

  • Spread:  Villanova -23.5
  • Total Points:  140.0
  • Final Score: Nova 82 - DePaul 58

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Window Opening (February 29, 7:00AM): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova's game vs. DePaul on Tuesday. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After seven rounds, it's still anyone's contest with 41 players on the leader board with only three points separating first place and last place.  Zxcvbnmmnbvcxz and patqueenan are tied for the lead with four points. The full Leader Board is posted HERE.

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


'Nova

DePaul

Record

25-4 (14-2)

9-19   (3-13)

AP Ranking

*** #1 ***

NR

RPI

#2

#188

SOS

#13

#70

Avg. Pts. Scored

76.8

68.2

Avg. Pts. Allowed

63.1

74.7

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!