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A Note For Handicappers Regarding Some Neutral Site Games

A few users have asked a question about something that occasionally occurs when a game is played at a neutral site, regarding the sequence in which we display information for the two teams.

The issue is mostly germane to college football (NCAAF) and college basketball (NCAAB) , and with a few of the early season NCAAF contests at  neutral sites, we thought it would be a good time to address the question.

As a rule, for games that are not played at a neutral site, the away team is assigned an odd rotation number and the home team is assigned an even rotation number.  But for games that are played at a neutral site, it seems that no convention as to how display the information has been adopted. 

For example, in the NCAAF game to be played on September 1, 2011 at the neutral site of LP Field in Nashville, TN, Western Kentucky is assigned the rotation number of 141 and Kentucky the rotation number of 142.

If you go to Covers or SBR Odds, you will see that they both display the odds, and presumably the scoring, for the game with Kentucky (142) on top of Western Kentucky (141).

Covers                                                            SBR


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Don Best displays odds, and presumably the scoring, for the game with Western Kentucky (141) on top of Kentucky (142).

Don Best

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As you can see, three major players in the sports handicapping information business have two different approaches when it comes to these types of games.

For the purposes of displaying and printing, GreyMatterStats will always order the teams by rotation number, so you will see that we display Western Kentucky on top of Kentucky.

GreyMatterStats

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It’s easy to see how this could cause some confusion, especially in games with small volatile lines, to people who do their research across many sites, and in a world where the parlance of “Top Team” and “Bottom Team” have meaning.

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The Staff

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