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Closest to the Pin Round 7: Creighton

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The VUHoops Crowd saw Villanova winning this one by 17 points, but the Cats exceeded expectations with a 21 point victory. Four players earned points in this game, with drpainosaurus winning the brass ring and jumping into first place overall. We raised $115 in this game bringing us to $545 raised contest-to-date for Villanova Men's Basketball and NovaDave's Wawa Arena at Villanova. By the way, NovaDave's FanPost on the Wawa Arena got a shout-out today in the Philly sports pages!

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RESULTS: With the Cats convincing win over Creighton, 71 – 50, we congratulate four VUHoops readers who earned points in this round.

  1. drpainosaurus (Nova 75, Creighton 54) awarded 3 points
  2. MoSuttonMoProblems (Nova 72, Creighton 58) awarded 2 points
  3. Kantcant (Nova 69, Creighton 59) awarded 1 points
  4. NovaFlyer (Nova 70, Creighton 60) awarded 1 point

The updated leader board after seven rounds is provided below.

Player Points
drpainosaurus 6
Noah Thacker 5
NovaDave 4
NovaKG 4
youngBUCK 4
John-Knee V 3
SMOKIN JAY WRIGHT 3
Terchmil 3
Johnny Burke 2
jpbfrog 2
Kantcant 2
kevin.pulsifer 2
MoSuttonMoProblems 2
nationer15 2
nova09nyc 2
NovaEngineer 2
speedracer33 2
Sweetness and Light 2
villadelphiapa 2
willyannan 2
WreckinCrew56-55-53-58 2
Zxcvbnmmnbvcxz 2
Eberz for 3! 1
marty1029 1
NovaFlyer 1
nynovascott 1
Philanova 1
Ramon Usategui 1
ryanschock24 1
StephDon 1
villanovakevin14 1

VUHOOPS vs. VEGAS: Based on the average predicted scores of the VUHoops Crowd and the posted Vegas line, we would have had a SPLIT by betting NOVA giving 15.5 points (WIN) and betting the OVER (LOSS). After seven rounds, we would be even money.

UPDATE (January 25, Tip-Off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one:

# Reader Predictions:  46

% Picking Cats to Win: 100%

$ Raised for Nova Men’s Basketball (this game): $115.00

$ Raised for Nova Men’s Basketball (cumulative): $545.00

Wisdom of VUHoops' Crowd Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova -17.0

o Over/Under: 145.0

o Final Score: Nova 81 - Creighton 64

Vegas Odds Makers' Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova: -15.5

o Over/Under: 134.5

o Final Score: Nova 75- Creighton 60

SCATTER PLOT OF PREDICTED SCORES

Window Opening (January 24, 8:00 AM): The window is now open for you to post your predicted final score for Sunday's game vs. Creighton. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

After five rounds, Noah Thacker is in the lead with five points. The full Leader Board is posted HERE.

Don't forget that you support Villanova Men's Basketball by playing Closest to the Pin.  A contribution of $2.50 will be made to Villanova Men's Basketball and Nova Dave’s Wawa Arena at Villanova for each score posted over the final nine conference home games up to a maximum of $5,000. We raised $430 so far.

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

'Nova

Creighton

Record

17-2 (4-2)

9-11 (0-7)

AP Ranking

#4

NR

RPI

#7

#149

SOS

#34

#70

Avg. Pts. Scored

75.9

67.9

Avg. Pts. Allowed

61.5

65.5

Villanova's best win this season was over VCU (AP #15; RPI #4), while the Cat’s worst loss was at Seton Hall (AP NR; RPI #40). Creighton’s best win was vs. Oklahoma (AP #19, RPI #22), while their worst loss came at North Texas (RPI #236).

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