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Closest to the Pin Round 9 - Georgetown

Shaken by the Cats' recent sloppy and lethargic play, the VUHoops Crowd clearly was concerned going into Saturday. Vegas was more optimistic than the Villanova faithful, picking Villanova by 9.0 points vs. the VUHoops Crowd of only 7.0. BosshogHazzard remained a beacon of light in a sea of doubt and took his rightful place in the Irrational Exuberance Zone with a sentimental prediction of 1985 - 0. In the end, the Boss' enthusiasm was justified as the Cats showed up today and dominated the Hoyas. In the contest, we had seven players on the green, with drpainosaurs and MoSuttonMoProblems tied for closest to the pin, winning 3 points each. The good drpainosaurus lengthened his first place lead, but there are still three rounds to go . Three players drove the ball out -of-bounds and should report to the BosshogHazzard Academy for a lesson. We raised $113 this round toward Villanova Men's Basketball and Nova Dave’s Wawa Arena at Villanova and an even $813 contest-to-date.

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RESULTS: With the Cats impressive win over Georgetown, 69 - 53, we congratulate seven VUHoops readers who earned points in this round.

  1. drpainosaurus (Nova 67, Georgetown 56) awarded 3 points
  2. MoSuttonMoProblems (Nova 68, Georgetown 57) awarded 3 points
  3. Corollary (Nova 66, Georgetown 58) awarded 2 points
  4. Mike J. (Nova 71, Georgetown 59) awarded 2 points
  5. NovaKG (Nova 70, Georgetown 60) awarded 2 points
  6. ole man giant (Nova 65, Georgetown 49) awarded 2 points
  7. Sweetness and Light (Nova 71, Georgetown 60) awarded 1 points

The updated leader board is provided below.

Player Points
drpainosaurus 11
NovaDave 7
NovaKG 6
MoSuttonMoProblems 5
Noah Thacker 5
youngBUCK 4
John-Knee V 3
Sweetness and Light 3
Terchmil 3
Corollary 2
Johnny Burke 2
jpbfrog 2
Kantcant 2
kevin.pulsifer 2
Mike J. 2
nationer15 2
nova09nyc 2
NovaEngineer 2
ole man giant 2
speedracer33 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
Steve92 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 DOUBLE-LOSS by betting GEORGETOWN getting 9.0 points (LOSS) and betting the OVER (LOSS). After nine rounds, we would be -$200.

UPDATE (February 7, Tip-Off) ... Recapped below is the way the VUHoops Crowd sees this one:

# Reader Predictions:  45

% Picking Cats to Win: 93% (first time ≠ 100% this season)

$ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (this game): $112.50

$ Raised for Nova Men's Basketball (cumulative): $812.50

Wisdom of VUHoops' Crowd Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova -7.0

o Over/Under: 137.0

o Final Score: Nova 72 - Georgetown 65

Vegas Odds Makers' Prediction:

o Spread: Villanova: -9.0

o Over/Under: 131.5

o Final Score: Nova 70- Georgetown 61


Window Opening (February 6, 8:00 AM): The window is now open for you to post your predicted final score for Saturday's game vs. Georgetown. The official contest rules are posted HERE.

Going into this round, drpainosaurus is in the lead with 8 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 $700 so far.

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




20-2 (7-2)

15-7 (7-5)

AP Ranking









Avg. Pts. Scored



Avg. Pts. Allowed



Villanova's best win this season was over VCU (AP #15; RPI #9), while the Cat's worst loss was at Seton Hall (AP NR; RPI #45). Georgetown's best win was vs. Villanova (AP #7, RPI #7), while their worst loss came vs. Xavier (RPI #37).

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