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AAC Basketball Tiebreaker Rules (2-Team Tie)

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  • AAC Basketball Tiebreaker Rules (2-Team Tie)

    Here's the information I copied from the AAC Media Guide regarding the procedures to break ties in the standings. The conference uses this solely for seeding, not in declaring a regular season champion. If there is a tie, the matched teams share the title.

    Two-Team Tie

    1. Regular season head-to-head results (one or two games). If the tied teams split their two games, then proceed to Step 2.

    2. Each team’s record vs. the team or tied teams occupying the highest position in the standings. Continue down through the standings until one team gains an advantage. When comparing records against a single team or collective tied teams (before ties are broken), the following may apply:

    a. If the games played against the team or group are equal, winning percentage prevails.

    b. If the games played against the team or group are unequal, the following scenarios apply:

    i. Most wins do prevail only if the team with fewer wins could not equal that win total if they played the same number of games. Two examples of many scenarios that do provide an advantage:
    1) Team A 2-0 2) Team A 3-0
    Team B 0-1 Team B 1-1

    ii. Most wins do not prevail if the team with fewer wins could equal or surpass the win total of the other team. Two examples of many scenarios that do not provide an advantage:
    1) Team A 1-1 2) Team A 2-0
    Team B 0-1 Team B 1-0

    iii. Fewer losses do not prevail if the teams have the same number of wins and if the team with fewer games could equal or surpass the loss total of the other team. Two examples of many scenarios that do not provide an advantage:
    1) Team A 1-0 2) Team A 0-1
    Team B 1-1 Team B 0-2

    c. If an advantage is not determined, proceed to the next team or group in the standings for comparison.

    d. If the tie cannot be broken after continuing down through the last team or teams in the standings, revert back to comparing records against the top teams in order and allow winning percentage to prevail even if there is a comparison of unequal games. Only then, if the percentages are both 1.000, is 2-0 better than 1-0. However, the reverse is not true – no team gains advantage when all have a .000 winning percentage (0-1 is never better than 0-2).

  • #2
    So we need UCF to finish higher than Memphis. That's a dumb tie breaker, UC didn't schedule two vs UCF instead of Memphis.
    Josh Rexhausen


    • #3
      Well, with the Memphis loss to UCONN last night, if UC and SMU win out and UCF wins @ECU, @Temple and @ USF (or lose one of those with a Memphis loss vs Houston or vs Tulane), UC will win the tie breaker.
      Josh Rexhausen


      • #4
        No ties! UC wins out and SMU loses to someone.
        Red and Black are more of an Attitude than merely a color combination.

        Intimidate! Dominate! Celebrate!


        • #5
          I don't want a tie either but UC can't control that.
          Josh Rexhausen


          • #6
            As it stands now, there is a strong likelihood that UC and SMU will end up tied, having lost only to each other. That means, of course, that each team would have a winning percentage of 100 versus all others. The following assumes a 17-1 record for each.

            The tiebreaker rules state that winning percentage, not number of wins against a team or group of teams, is the second determinant (after head-to-head), at least for the first round of comparisons. Consider the possibility that Houston and UConn finish tied for third. Since both UC and SMU would finish 4-0 against that group, we move to the fifth place finisher. Assume that is Memphis. UC would be 1-0 and SMU would be 2-0. That does not give SMU an advantage ... yet. The rule states that if the two teams are undefeated versus a given opponent (or group), the team with the 1-0 record is assumed to have beaten the compared opponent a second time. So, we move on to the next level and so on.

            Here is where UC would have a disadvantage, if Memphis finishes ahead of UCF (whom UC played twice and SMU once). Once the first round of comparisons is run through without a tiebreaking determination, the second round DOES grant an advantage to a team with more wins against a team or group of tied teams. Presently, the Tigers are 8-6 and the Knights are 8-7. We want UCF to finish ahead of Memphis.

            If UCF finishes at, say, 10-8 (wins at Temple and USF; loss here) and Memphis finishes 9-9 (losses here and at SMU, loss to Houston at home, win at Tulane), then the secondary round of comparisons would favor UC, who would have beaten UCF twice, while SMU beat UM only once.

            If UCF and Memphis finish tied, SMU gains an advantage, because the comparisons would move down the standings to a comparison of ECU (presently alone in ninth at 4-10). UC played ECU only once; SMU twice. The Mustangs win the tiebreaker based on more wins.

            It would be a whole lot easier if the Cats win out and the Mustangs falter somewhere down the stretch.
            Last edited by swilsonsp4; 02-19-2017, 11:38 AM.


            • #7
              [cough] One True Champion? [cough]
              Brent Wyrick
              92 Final Four Front Row


              • #8
                There are three AAC games this week that could help to clarify the seeds for UC and SMU. In addition to UC at UCF, the Mustangs play at UConn tomorrow at noon and Houston visits Memphis right after UC on Sunday, on CBSSN.

                If both UC and SMU win out over the next three games each, then the Memphis and UCF results are important. The Tigers are 8-7, with a midweek home game with Tulane and a trip to Dallas. If Houston beats them Sunday, Memphis would finish 9-9 after SMU finishes them off. The Knights have only one other game left, at USF, which is a certain win. UCF would finish 10-8, giving UC the tertiary tiebreaker edge over SMU, since the Cats played UCF twice and UM only once, with those matchups reversed for SMU. If Memphis beats Houston on Sunday, SMU likely will grab the top seed.

                Better yet, how about if the Cats win out and the Huskies take down the Mustangs tomorrow?
                Last edited by swilsonsp4; 02-24-2017, 02:36 PM.


                • #9
                  They should really change the format of the tournament too. The 1 seed should get a bye to the semi finals, 2 and 3 seeds should get byes to quarter finals. Everyone else plays the first day. 4-11, 5-10, 6-9, 7-8. On day two 4-11 plays 5-10, 3 plays 6-9, 2 plays 7-8. You all get the rest. I think it puts the emphasis on winning the season, and that first day would be exciting.
                  Josh Rexhausen


                  • #10
                    No help from UConn today. SMU beat up the Huskies on the boards. Adams left early with ankle injury and never returned. Final: SMU 69-61.


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