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Closest to the Pin Round 2: Marquette

Vegas and the VUHoops Crowd were within spitting distance of one another with their predicted scores, but both were way off the mark. BosshogHazzard was exuberant, but not irrationally so. No player found the green, but the four closest were short chip shots away. We raised $320 for Villanova Mens' basketball in this round and $755 so far in the contest.

RESULTS: With the Cats looking to be back in form with an easy win over Marquette, 93 - 81, we congratulate 4 contestants who earned points in this round, as recapped in the scatter plot and table below. If you did not earn points  but want to know how close you came, click HERE.

PLAYERS EARNING POINTS THIS ROUND

Player

Nova

Marquette

PTS

NovaFlyer

88

74

3

MJPerron

91

68

2

Wildcat19

81

75

2

Son of 61 alum

87

71

1

LEADER BOARD (After 2 Rounds)

Player

Total

A35Blaze

3

NovaFlyer

3

MJPerron

2

PokerChris

2

Wildcat19

2

Son of 61 alum

1

Will Schreefer

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 vs. the posted Vegas line on the game, would have had a PUSH by taking ‘Nova giving 11.5 points ($100 WIN) and taking the UNDER on total points ($100 LOSS).  The details are shown below. For the contest through this game, we are down $200.

Spread

Over / Under

VUHoops

-12.5

144.5

Vegas

-11.5

150.0

Bet

Nova -11.5

UNDER

Actual

Nova by 12

174

Outcome

WIN

LOSS

Payoff

+$100

-$100

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UPDATE (January 7, 7:30PM Tip-off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one:

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd:

· % Picking Cats to Win: 100%

· Spread: Villanova -12.5

· Total Points: 144.5

· Final Score: Nova 79 - Marquette 66

Vegas Odds Makers:

· Spread:  Villanova -11.5

· Total Points:  150.0

· Final Score: Nova 81 - Marquette 69

Cash Raised for Villanova Basketball:

· # Predictions: 64

· $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $320

· $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $755

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Window Opening (January 6, 11:00AM): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova's game vs. Marquette on Saturday. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After one round, A35Blaze is in the lead with 3 points. The full Leader Board is posted HEREIf you did not earn points in the first round but want to see how close you came, click HERE to see the results for all 87 contestants.

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

'Nova

Marquette

Record

14-1   (2-1)

10-4 (1-1)

AP Ranking

#1

NR

RPI

#1

#81

SOS

#6

#33

Avg. Pts. Scored

78.4

83.8

Avg. Pts. Allowed

62.3

70.6

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

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