Big Ten tournament 2018 tiebreaker rules, scenarios entering Saturday

The 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in New York City begins next Wednesday and continues through Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The tournament’s seeds will be set after Big Ten regular season play concludes this weekend.

Seeding scenarios for the tournament can get complicated, so here’s a breakdown of where each team stands with less than a week remaining in the regular season.

How the Big Ten basketball tournament seeds look on Saturday

Here’s where each team could go ( h/t BTNStatsGuys):

    1. Michigan State (15-2 in conference) will clinch the top seed with a win against Wisconsin on Sunday.
    2. Ohio State (15-3) earns the No. 1 seed if Michigan State loses to Wisconsin.
    3. Purdue (14-3) is locked in at the No. 3 seed.
    4. Nebraska (12-5) clinches No. 4 seed and double-bye with victory against Penn State.
    5. Michigan (12-5) clinches No. 4 seed and double-bye with a win over Maryland and a Nebraska loss.
    6. Penn State (9-8) would keep the No. 6 seed with a win at Nebraska.
    7. Indiana (9-9) can get the No. 6 seed if Penn State loses to Nebraska.
    8. Maryland (8-9) is locked at the No. 8 spot.
    9. Wisconsin (7-10) leapfrogged Northwestern by beating the Cats on Thursday, and is locked in as the No. 9 seed.
    10. Northwestern (6-11) is locked in at the No. 10 spot as a result.
    11. Minnesota (4-13) is locked in as the No. 11 seed and will play in the opening round.
    12. Illinois (3-14) is locked in as a bottom-4 seed and will play in the opening round.
    13. Iowa (3-14) is locked in as a bottom-4 seed and will play in the opening round.
    14. Rutgers (3-14) is locked in as a bottom-4 seed and will play in the opening round.

Big Ten basketball tournament tiebreakers apply to seeding — not to regular-season championships

This is important to note. If Michigan State ties with Ohio State or Purdue, the teams split the regular-season title. The Spartans cliched at least a share of the regular-season title with a win over Illinois Tuesday night, and can wrap up the whole thing with a win over Wisconsin on Sunday.

If you want to read the full rules for some reason, here they are:

Big Ten basketball tournament seeding procedures for two-team ties

1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.

2. Each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings (or in the case of a tie for the championship, the next-highest position in the regular-season standings) continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

a. When arriving at another pair of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tiebreaking procedures), rather than the performance against the individual tied teams.
b. When comparing records against a single team or a group of teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1); in the case of tied percentages vs. the team or group of 1.000 or .000 the following shall apply: 2-0 is better than 1-0; 0-1 is better than 0-2.3.

3. Won-loss percentage of all Division I opponents.

4. Coin toss conducted by the commissioner or designee.

Big Ten basketball tournament seeding procedures for multi-team ties

1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.

a. When comparing records against a single team or a group of teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1); in the case of tied percentages vs. the team or group of 1.000 or .000 the following shall apply: 2-0 is better than 1-0; 0-1 is better than 0-2.

b. After the top team among the tied teams is determined, the second team is ranked by its record among the original tied teams, not the head-to-head record vs. the remaining team(s).

2. If the remaining teams are still tied, then each tied team’s record shall be compared to the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings, continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

a. When arriving at another pair of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedures), rather than the performance against the individual tied teams.
b. When comparing records against a single team or a group of teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1); in the case of tied percentages vs. the team or group of 1.000 or .000 the following shall apply: 2-0 is better than 1-0; 0-1 is better than 0-2.

3. Won-loss percentage of all Division I opponents.

4. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

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