Birmingham, AL – In light of how close some of the SWAC men’s basketball races will be, here’s a review of the tie-breaker scenarios heading into Saturday’s regular season finales:
First, the tie-breaker rule:
C. In the event of a tie for seeding, the following procedures will be used:
1). Two-team ties:
a). Head-to Head competition
b). Point Differential between the tied teams if the season series is split
c). Record against highest seeded team (proceed downward) until the tie is broken
d). Coin Toss
2). Ties involving three or more teams:
a). Record between teams that are tied (Won-Lost-Record)
b). If still tied, record against the highest seed & proceed downward
Men’s Basketball seeding
Texas Southern (15-2) has clinched the top seed in the tournament
Alcorn State (13-4) has clinched the No. 2 seed.
Southern (10-7) can clinch the No. 3 seed with a win at Texas Southern on Saturday.
If Southern loses, a number of scenarios can play out.
In two-team ties, a tie with Prairie View would go to PVAM (split series, plus four-point differential)
a tie with Grambling State would go to Southern (won both head-to-head meetings)
a tie with Jackson State would go to Southern (split series, plus nine-point differential)
In three-team ties, a tie with PVAMU AND GRAM would seed in order: Southern would be the three seed based upon a 3-1 record vs. those teams…PVAMU would be the four seed based upon a 2-2 record vs. those teams…Grambling would be the five seed based upon a 1-3 record vs. those teams.
In three-team ties, a tie with GRAM and JKST would seed in order: Southern would be the three seed based upon a 3-1 record…GRAM would be the four seed based upon a 2-2 record and JKST would be the five seed based upon a 1-3 record.
In three-team ties, a tie with PVAMU and JKST would seed in order: Because all teams are 2-2 in record against one another…it goes to next tie-breaker for record against highest seed (Texas Southern)…Jackson would earn the three seed based upon being the only team to defeat TSU…Prairie View would be the four seed based upon their record against No. 2 Alcorn (1-1) and Southern would be the five seed based upon an 0-2 record against Alcorn.
In a four-team ties between all teams would seed in order: Southern would be the three seed based upon a 4-2 record, Prairie View A&M would be the four seed based upon a 2-2 record AND
the next tie-breaker advantage (record vs. highest seeded teams proceeding downward)…Both PVAM and GRAM lost both games against No. 1 Texas Southern and would split (1-1)…against No. 2 Alcorn State in the tie-break scenario (PV would have to beat Alcorn on Saturday) so it comes down to the THIRD highest seed which would be Southern….PV split with them and GRAM lost both so PV would earn the four seed….GRAM would hold the five seed (2-2 record) and JKST would be the six seed (2-4 record).
Here’s the tie-breaker scenario between Grambling State, Prairie View A&M and Jackson State (all are 9-8 in conference play)
Saturday’s games of note
Alabama A&M @ Grambling State
Alcorn State @ Prairie View A&M
Alabama State @ Jackson State
In a three-team tie…
GramblingState would be the four seed (3-1 record vs. other two teams), Prairie View A&M would be the five seed (2-2 record vs. other two teams) and Jackson State would be the six seed (1-3 record vs. the other two teams).
In two-team ties…
Grambling State holds the tie-break over Jackson State (won both meetings)
Prairie View A&M holds the tie-break over Grambling State (split; won by 12; lost by 3 for a point differential of plus 9)
Jackson State holds the tie-break over Prairie View A&M (split; lost by 7; won by 9 for a point differential of plus 2).
In regards to the seeding for the seventh and eighth spots in the tournament, here is who holds the tie-breakers.
Alabama State (6-11) @ Jackson State on Saturday 5:30 p.m.
The Hornets hold both tie-breaker advantages because…
Lost to UAPB (by 8); defeated UAPB (by 12); split series but holds plus four-point differential for tie-breaker in head-to-head scenario
Lost to MVSU (by 3); defeated MVSU (by 5); split series, but holds a plus two-point differential for tie-breaker in head-to-head scenario
UAPB (6-11) @ MVSU (6-11) on Saturday 4:00 p.m. will decide spot in the tournament
Defeated MVSU (by 14 in earlier meeting); second game scheduled for Saturday
The winner of this game clinches a spot in the tournament while the losing team will be out of the playoffs due to the fact that Alabama State would hold the tie-breaker over each team.
It IS possible, however, that Alabama State would fall to the No. 8 seed with a loss. If Alabama State defeats Jackson State on Saturday, they will hold the tie-breaker advantage over either winning team from the other match up and will be the No. 7 seed in the tournament.