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Closest to the Pin Round 6: Virginia

In a Tale of Two Halves and the most exciting game since our national championship victory over North Carolina, the Cats won a huge OOC game and got back on the winning track. Vegas continued its season-long route of the VUHoops Crowd in predicting the point spread and total points. A bunch of contestants found the green, but four were very close and earned points in this round. We raised $320 in this round for Villanova Men’s basketball and $2,080 over the first six rounds.

RESULTS:  With the Cats making Nova Nation proud by defeating Virginia 61-59, we congratulate four contestants who earned points in this round, as recapped in the scatter plot and table below.

If you did not earn points in this round, but want to know how close you came, click HERE.

PLAYERS EARNING POINTS THIS ROUND

Player

Nova

Virginia

PTS

tpstone

61

58

3

Esteban d'Amur

62

58

2

RJG09

63

59

2

Terchmil

63

58

1

LEADER BOARD (After 6 Rounds)

Player

Total

A35Blaze

3

johnpaul99

3

NovaFlyer

3

pacADAM

3

PokerChris

3

RJG09

3

Steve92

3

Stevie V

3

Tpstone

3

Will Schreefer

3

Esteban d'Amur

2

jkolod01

2

MJPerron

2

notdeep92

2

NovaDave

2

nynovascott

2

Wildcat19

2

Larry1965

1

Ramon Usategui

1

RJZ8

1

son of 61 alum

1

Terchmil

1

VUHOOPS vs. VEGAS: A hypothetical 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 5.5 points ($100 LOSS) and the OVER on total points ($100 LOSS).  The details are shown below. For the contest through this game, the theoretical gambler would be down $700.

Spread

Total Points

VUHoops

-8.0

132.0

Vegas

-5.5

125.0

Bet

Villanova -5.5

OVER

Actual

Nova by 2

120

Outcome

LOSS

LOSS

Payoff

-$100

-$100

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UPDATE (January 29, 1:00PM Tip-Off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd saw this one:

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd

  • % Picking Cats to Win: 94%
  • Spread: Villanova  -8.0
  • Total Points: 132.0
  • Final Score: Nova 70 - Virginia 62

Vegas Odds Makers:

  • Spread: Villanova -5.5
  • Total Points: 124.5
  • Final Score: Nova 65 - Virginia 60

Cash Raised for Villanova Basketball:

  • # Predictions: 57
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $320
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $2,080

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Window Opening (January 27, 8:00AM): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova's game vs. Virginia on Sunday. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After four rounds, seven contestants are tied for first place with three points each:  A35Blaze, johnpaul99, NovaFlyer, pacADAM, PokerChris, Steve 92, Stevie V and Will Schreefer. The full Leader Board is posted HERE.

If you did not earn points in the fifth round but want to see how close you came, click HERE to see the results for all contestants who participated in that round.

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

'Nova

Virginia

Record

19-2 (7-2)

16-3 (6-2)

AP Ranking

#1

#12

RPI

#2

#14

SOS

#14

#20

Avg. Pts. Scored

78.3

69.6

Avg. Pts. Allowed

62.6

53.3

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

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