Big Ten Tournament 2018 tiebreaker rules, updated throughout Sunday

The 2018 Big Ten Tournament in New York City begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The tournament’s seeds will be set after Big Ten regular-season play concludes on Sunday, Feb. 25.

A few games on Sunday will determine the final seeds. Scenarios for the tournament can get complicated, so here’s a breakdown of where each team stands.

How the Big Ten Tournament seeds look on Sunday

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

    1. Michigan State (16-2 in conference) cliches the No. 1 seed with a win over Wisconsin
    2. Ohio State (15-3) is the No. 2.
    3. Purdue (14-3) is locked in at the No. 3 seed.
    4. Nebraska (13-5) clinched the No. 4 seed with its win over Penn State.
    5. Michigan (13-5) is the No. 5 seed.
    6. Indiana (9-9) is locked in at No. 6 Nebraska.
    7. Penn State (9-9) would keep the No. 6 seed with a win at 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.
    11. Minnesota (4-13) is locked in as the No. 11 seed and will play in the opening round.
    12. Illinois (4-14) 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 (3-15) is locked in as a bottom-4 seed and will play in the opening round.

The top four seeds receive a double-bye, while the next four seeds receive a bye for the first round.

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

This ended up not mattering, since Michigan State beat Wisconsin and wrapped up the whole thing. If you want to read the full rules for some reason, here they are:

Big Ten Tournament seeding procedures for 2-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 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.

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

4. Coin toss conducted by the commissioner or designee.

Big Ten 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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