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Closest to the Pin Round 3: Xavier

This one was expected to be close, but the Cats did a great job shutting down Xavier. Lots of contestants found this island green, and the five closest earned points. We raised $355 in this round for Villanova Men’s basketball and $1,100 over the first three contests. Well done!

RESULTS: With the Cats looking to be back in form with an impressive win over Xavier, 79 - 54, we congratulate 5 contestants who scored in this round, as recapped in the scatter plot and table below. If you did not score points in this round, but want to know how close you came, click HERE.

PLAYERS EARNING POINTS THIS ROUND

Player

Nova

Xavier

PTS

Johnpaul99

77

64

3

Jkolod01

79

68

2

NovaDave

80

67

2

Steve92

74

63

2

RJZ8

78

68

1

LEADER BOARD (After 3 Rounds)

Player

Total

A35Blaze

3

johnpaul99

3

NovaFlyer

3

jkolod01

2

MJPerron

2

NovaDave

2

PokerChris

2

Steve92

2

Wildcat19

2

RJZ8

1

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 SINGLE-LOSS by taking the OVER on total points ($100 LOSS).  The details are shown below. For the contest through this game, we are down $300.

Spread

Over / Under

VUHoops

-8.0

148.0

Vegas

-8.0

145.0

Bet

NO BET

OVER

Actual

Nova by 25

133

Outcome

NO BET

LOSS

Payoff

-

-$100

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UPDATE (January 10, 7:00PM Tip-off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one :

Wisdom of VUHoops Crowd:

  • % Picking Cats to Win: 100%
  • Spread: Villanova -7.0
  • Total Points: 147.0
  • Final Score: Nova 77 - Xavier 70

Vegas Odds Makers: Spread: Villanova -8.0

  • Total Points: 148.0
  • Final Score: Nova 78 - Xavier 70

Cash Raised for Villanova Basketball:

  • # Predictions: 71
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $355
  • $ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $1,110

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Window Opening (January 9, 10:00AM): The window is now open for our readers to post their predicted final scores for Villanova's game vs. Xavier on Tuesday. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After two rounds, A35Blaze and NovaFlyer are tied for the lead with 3 points. The full Leader Board is posted HERE.

If you did not earn points in the second round but want to see how close you came, click HERE to see the results for all 64 contestants to participated in that round.

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

'Nova

Xavier

Record

15- 1 (3-1)

13 - 2 (3-0)

AP Ranking

#1

#16

RPI

#1

#12

SOS

#8

#13

Avg. Pts. Scored

79.3

78.0

Avg. Pts. Allowed

63.5

66.5

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

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