Big Ten Baseball Tournament Tie-Breaker Procedures

The top eight teams in the final regular season standings based on winning percentage of scheduled conference games shall automatically qualify for the tournament. Tie games shall be counted in the standings as one-half win and one-half loss. These top eight teams will also earn seeds #1-#8 based on the final regular season standings and using the below tiebreaking procedures, if necessary

  1. If two teams are tied in the final regular season standings, the following tiebreaker shall be used to determine the automatic qualifier and/or higher seed in the conference tournament:

    1. If the tied teams have not played each other as part of the conference schedule, move to the next step in the tiebreaker process. If the two teams played each other as part of the conference schedule, the winner of the game or series of the games between the two tied teams shall automatically qualify for the tournament and/or earn the higher seed.
    2. If the teams are still tied, the team with the best winning percentage against Big Ten common opponents within the conference schedule shall automatically qualify for the tournament and/or earn the higher seed.
    3. If the teams are still tied, the team with the best overall RPI shall automatically qualify for the tournament and/or earn the higher seed.
    4. If the teams are still tied, automatic qualification to the tournament and/or higher seed shall be determined by a flip of the coin to be conducted by the Commissioner (or designee).

  2. If three or more teams are tied in the final regular season standings, the following tiebreaker procedure shall be implemented to determine the automatic qualifier(s) and/or higher seed in the conference tournament:

    1. If all of the tied teams have not played each other as part of the conference schedule, move to the next step in the tiebreaker process. If three or more teams are tied and they have all played each other as part of the conference schedule, the team(s) with the best winning percentage(s) in these head-to-head games shall automatically qualify for the tournament and/or earn the higher seed. If one team is separated as a qualifier and/or higher seed and any of the other teams remain tied based on head-to-head winning percentage, see Section 24.C.3. If two teams are separated from the group at the top then those two teams will begin the tiebreaker process for two teams (Section 24.C.1) from the beginning and if any of the other teams remain tied based on head-to-head winning percentage, see Section 24.C.3. If three or more teams are separated from the group at the top, then those tied teams will begin the tiebreaker process for three or more teams (Section 24.C.2) from the beginning and if any of the other teams remain tied based on head-to-head winning percentage, see Section 24.C.3.
    2. If three or more teams are still tied, the team(s) with the best winning percentage(s) against Big Ten common opponents within the conference schedule shall automatically qualify for the tournament and/or earn the higher seed. If one team is separated as a qualifier and/or higher seed and any of the other teams remain tied based on best winning percentage against Big Ten common opponents within the conference schedule, see Section 24.C.3. If two teams are separated from the group at the top then those two teams will begin the tiebreaker process for two teams (Section 24.C.1) from the beginning and if any of the other teams remain tied based on best winning percentage against Big Ten common opponents within the conference schedule, see Section 24.C.3. If three or more teams are separated from the group at the top, then those tied teams will begin the tiebreaker process for three or more teams (Section 24.C.2) from the beginning and if any of the other teams remain tied based on best winning percentage against Big Ten common opponents within the conference schedule, see Section 24.C.3.
    3. If three or more teams are still tied, the team(s) with the best overall RPI shall automatically qualify for the tournament and/or earn the higher seed. If one team is separated as a qualifier and/or higher seed and any of the other teams remain tied based on best overall RPI, see Section 24.C.3. If two teams are separated from the group at the top then those two teams will begin the tiebreaker process for two teams (Section 24.C.1) from the beginning and if any of the other teams remain tied based on best overall RPI, see Section 24.C.3. If three or more teams are separated from the group at the top, then those tied teams will begin the tiebreaker process for three or more 10 teams (Section 24.C.2) from the beginning and if any of the other teams remain tied based on best overall RPI, see Section 24.C.3.
    4. If three or more teams are still tied, automatic qualifcation to the tournament and/or higher seed shall be determined by a random draw to be conducted by the Commissioner (or designee).

  3. When determining the automatic qualifiers to the tournament and/or seeding based on final regular season standings and one or more teams have been separated at the top using one of the procedures in Section 24.C.2, then the following shall apply to the remaining teams:

    1. If three or more remaining teams (which could include one or more multiple-team ties) are still tied based on the specific tiebreaker used to separate the top team or teams from the group, all remaining teams will begin the tiebreaker process for three or more teams (Section 24.C.2) from the beginning.
    2. If only two remaining teams are still tied based on the specific tiebreaker used to separate the top team or teams from the group, the two tied teams will begin the tie breaker process for two teams (Section 24.C.1) from the beginning.