Tournament Tiebreaker System
Regular-season standings are the determining factor in setting first-round pairings for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. All ties will be broken starting at the top of the conference standings and working down. The tie-breaking system for seeding of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, regardless of whether a tie involves two or more teams, will utilize the following factors, in order, until all ties are broken.
The 2011 tiebreaking procedure marks a departure from the league’s point-system tiebreaker, which had been utilized in the conference since the 1993 tournament.
1. Records in head-to-head competition are compared, with the higher seed going to the team that has won the most games against the other.
2. If head-to-head competition does not break the tie, the deadlock will be broken by non-conference schedule strength as calculated by The RPI Report on the day before the final day of conference games. The team with the better non-conference schedule strength will receive the higher seed.
1. If three or more teams are tied, regular-season competition among the tied schools shall be pooled into a “mini round-robin.” Teams shall be ranked according to their position in such a round- robin.
2. If head-to-head competition does not break the tie, the deadlock will be broken by non-conference schedule strength as calculated by The RPI Report on the day before the final day of conference games. The teams will be seeded in order of their non-conference schedule strength.