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February 27, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Pac-10 tourney format answers

I’ve gotten a few questions about the tiebreakers for the conference title and the Pac-10 Conference Tournament format, so seems like a good time for a refresher.
— First, the tiebreakers.
Most important to remember is that the tiebreaker is ONLY for purposes of seeding the tournament. If two teams finish the season tied atop the conference, they each can claim a share of the conference title no matter the tiebreaker.
For the purposes of seeding the tournament, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head. This is easy if there are two teams. If there are multiple teams, as could happen, it’s the results of the collective head-to-head.
If there is still a tie, then it’s each team’s record against other conference teams in descending order of finish (so if two teams, which team had the best head-to-head against the No. 3 team and on down until the tie is broken).
If the tie is still not broken, then it’s won-lost percentage against all D-I opponents, and then finally a coin toss.
UW won’t have to worry about any of this if it wins its next two games (and I know there are other scenarios as well, but that’s the cleanest one) which would give the Huskies their first outright title since 1953.
— Second, the format.
Here’s a link to the Pac-10 site with the bracket.
Maybe most important to note there is that they do not reseed after the first round. So if UW wins the regular season title, it plays the winner of the 8-9 game even if the No. 10 seed wins its game against the No. 7 seed. So as of today, that would mean UW would play the winner of a game involving Stanford and Washington State, possibly setting up two straight games against the rival Cougars.

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