Tiebreaking Procedures




Tiebreaking Procedures for Tournament Participants

A. In case of a tie between the two teams for seeds 1-2-3-4-5-6 in the Conference Tournament, the tie breaker procedure is as follows:

1. The winner of the game or series of games between the two tied teams shall receive the higher seeding spot.

2. In the event these two teams divide a series between themselves, the team with the best winning percentage against all teams ending the season (tied or not) in positions 1-2-3-4-5-6 in the final Conference standings will receive the higher seeding spot.

3. Best winning percentage against Big Ten common opponents.

4. If the winning percentage of the two teams is still tied, seeding will be determined by the team that allowed the least number of runs in Conference games will be the higher seed. If the two teams have not played all 32 Conference games or an equal number of games, then to use this procedure, it is necessary to move back to a point in the season where the two teams played an equal number of games.

5. If still tied, seeding shall be determined by a flip of the coin to be conducted by the Commissioner (or his designee).

B. In case of a tie between three or more teams for seeds 1-2-3-4-5-6 in the Conference tournament, the tie breaker procedure is as follows:

1. If three or more teams are tied and they all have played each other during the Conference season, the best winning percentage in these head-to-head games will determine the highest seed in this spot with the other two teams following in order based on highest to lowest winning percentage.

2. If three or more teams are still tied, seeding will be determined by the best winning percentage against all teams ending the season (tied or not) in positions 1-2-3-4-5-6 in the final Conference standings. 
3. Best winning percentage against Big Ten common opponents.


 

 

4. If three or more teams are still tied, seeding will be determined by the team that allowed the least number of runs in Conference games will be the higher seed. If all three teams have not played all Conference games or an equal number of games, then to use this procedure, it is necessary to move back to a point in the season where all three teams played an equal number of games. The other two teams will follow in order for seeding purposes if they are not still tied after applying this procedure.

5. If still tied, seeding shall be determined by a flip of the coin to be conducted by the Commissioner (or the Commissioner's designee).

C. When determining seeding with three or more teams tied, one team shall be seeded as the highest seed by one of the procedures in section B (above). The other two teams, if not tied by winning percentage, shall be seeded accordingly. But, if the two remaining teams are still tied, the order of seeding will be determined by using the tie breaker procedure for two teams as outlined in item A of this section.