Friday, January 29, 2010

Game 42 - Auburn @ Vanderbilt - Jan. 23, 2010

Game - Auburn @ Vanderbilt; Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010

Line - Vanderbilt - 13 1/2

Result - Vanderbilt wins 82-74, Auburn gets backdoor cover

Although this game was, in fact, televised on the SEC Network, ITGOTT was unable to watch. This is unfortunate, because the "backdoor cover" - when a favorite wins, but the underdog covers the spread - is what we think of as the favorite result of an official "on the take."

Additionally, underdog Auburn was able to lead most of the first half and into the second before Vanderbilt took the lead about halfway through the second half and pulled away to win by 8. However, the spread was 13 1/2, so Auburn covered the spread. In these cases, it is always possible that an official "on the take" may have used calls in the first half to keep the underdog close, then allowed the better team to win organically (without officiating interference) in the second half... but not by enough to cover a double digit spread. But... we didn't watch, so we can't comment.

So, unless someone e-mails us about Tony Greene's work in this game - he was working alongside John Hampton and Terry Moore - we are unable to comment on his work.

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