Thursday, February 22, 2018

Updated MAAC tiebreaker scenarios: February 22, 2018

Updated after Monmouth's 91-77 victory over Rider Thursday night, here are the latest Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tiebreaker scenarios leading up to next week's MAAC Tournament in Albany:

Rider (14-3 MAAC): Has already clinched a first-round bye AND no worse than No. 2 seed. Broncs will open MAAC Tournament on Friday, March 2, either at 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Can clinch regular season MAAC championship, and automatic bid into National Invitation Tournament, with a win Sunday vs. Iona AND a Canisius loss Sunday vs. Marist.

Should Rider and Canisius finish tied and Niagara finishes as No. 3 seed:
Rider would have tiebreaker and earn No. 1 seed by virtue of 1-0 record against Niagara, while Canisius is 1-1.

Should Rider and Canisius finish tied and Iona finishes as No. 3 seed:
Canisius would have tiebreaker and earn No. 1 seed by virtue of 2-0 record against Iona, while Rider is 0-1.

Should Rider and Canisius finish tied AND Iona and Niagara finish tied:
Tiebreaker will be combined record against Iona and Niagara. Currently, Rider is 1-1 combined, while Canisius is 3-1. Therefore, Canisius would have tiebreaker and earn No. 1 seed and automatic NIT bid by virtue of better head-to-head record among the group.

Canisius (14-3 MAAC): Has already clinched a first-round bye and no worse than No. 2 seed. Golden Griffins will open MAAC Tournament on Friday, March 2, either at 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Can clinch regular season MAAC championship, and automatic bid into National Invitation Tournament, with a win Sunday vs. Marist AND a Rider loss Sunday vs. Iona.

Should Canisius and Rider finish tied and Niagara finishes as No. 3 seed:
Rider would have tiebreaker and earn No. 1 seed by virtue of their 99-76 win over Niagara on December 31, while Canisius is 1-1.

Should Canisius and Rider finish tied and Iona finishes as No. 3 seed:
Canisius would have tiebreaker and earn No. 1 seed by virtue of their regular-season sweep of Iona, while Rider is 0-1.

Should Canisius and Rider finish tied AND Iona and Niagara finish tied:
Tiebreaker will be combined record against Iona and Niagara. Currently, Rider is 1-1 combined, while Canisius is 3-1. Therefore, Canisius would have tiebreaker and earn No. 1 seed and automatic NIT bid by virtue of better head-to-head record among the group.

Niagara (11-6 MAAC): Has already clinched a first-round bye and can finish as either No. 3 or 4 seed. Purple Eagles will open MAAC Tournament on Saturday, March 3, either at 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Can clinch No. 3 seed with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Friday vs. Marist AND an Iona loss Friday vs. Manhattan OR Sunday at Rider.
2) TWO Iona losses, Friday vs. Manhattan AND Sunday at Rider.
3) Loss Friday vs. Marist, AND each of the following:
a) Canisius win Sunday vs. Marist.
b) Rider loss Sunday vs. Iona.
c) Iona loss Friday vs. Manhattan OR Sunday at Rider.

Should Niagara and Iona finish tied and Rider finishes as No. 1 seed:
Iona would have tiebreaker and earn No. 3 seed by virtue of their 91-64 win over Rider on January 14, while Niagara is 0-1.

Should Niagara and Iona finish tied and Canisius finishes as No. 1 seed:
Niagara would have tiebreaker and earn No. 3 seed by virtue of their 105-89 win over Canisius on January 27, while Iona is 0-2.

Should Niagara and Iona finish tied AND Canisius and Rider finish tied:
Tiebreaker will be combined record against Canisius and Rider. Currently, both Niagara and Iona are 1-2 combined against Canisius and Rider.
If Rider defeats Iona Sunday: Niagara is No. 3 seed with 1-2 record against the group, Iona would be 1-3
If Iona defeats Rider Sunday: Iona is No. 3 seed with 2-2 record against the group, Niagara would be 1-2

Iona (10-6 MAAC): Has already clinched first-round bye and can finish as either No. 3 or 4 seed. Gaels will open MAAC Tournament on Saturday, March 3, either at 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Can clinch No. 3 seed with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Friday vs. Manhattan AND Sunday at Rider, AND a Niagara loss Friday vs. Marist.

Should Iona and Niagara finish tied and Rider finishes as No. 1 seed:
Iona would have tiebreaker and earn No. 3 seed by virtue of their 91-64 win over Rider on January 14, while Niagara is 0-1.

Should Iona and Niagara finish tied and Canisius finishes as No. 1 seed:
Niagara would have tiebreaker and earn No. 3 seed by virtue of their 105-89 win over Canisius on January 27, while Iona is 0-2.

Should Niagara and Iona finish tied AND Canisius and Rider finish tied:
Tiebreaker will be combined record against Canisius and Rider. Currently, both Niagara and Iona are 1-2 combined against Canisius and Rider.
If Rider defeats Iona Sunday: Niagara is No. 3 seed with 1-2 record against the group, Iona would be 1-3
If Iona defeats Rider Sunday: Iona is No. 3 seed with 2-2 record against the group, Niagara would be 1-2

Should Iona and Manhattan finish tied at 10-8, Gaels will have tiebreaker and earn No. 4 seed by virtue of their 91-64 win over Rider on January 14.


Above chart shows all possibilities for top four seeds with remaining games this weekend for Canisius, Rider, Iona, and Niagara. (Prepared by Brian Beyrer, senior associate athletic director for communications at Iona College)

Manhattan (8-8 MAAC): Can finish as either No. 5, 6, or 7 seed. Jaspers can clinch No. 5 seed and first-round bye with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Friday at Iona AND Sunday vs. Quinnipiac.
2) Win Friday at Iona AND a Quinnipiac loss Friday vs. Saint Peter's.
3) Win Sunday vs. Quinnipiac.

Should Manhattan and Iona finish tied at 10-8, Jaspers will earn No. 5 seed as Iona will have tiebreaker by virtue of their 91-64 win over Rider on January 14.

Should Manhattan and Fairfield finish tied at 9-9, Jaspers will have tiebreaker and earn No. 5 seed by virtue of their regular-season sweep.

Should Manhattan and Quinnipiac finish tied at 9-9, Bobcats will have tiebreaker and earn No. 5 seed by virtue of their regular-season sweep.

Should Manhattan, Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish tied at 9-9 or 8-10 while Monmouth finishes 7-11, Jaspers will earn No. 6 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Manhattan at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Manhattan, Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10, Jaspers will earn No. 6 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 4-1, followed by Manhattan at 3-3, Monmouth at 2-3 and Fairfield at 2-4.

Should Manhattan, Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 9-9, Jaspers will earn No. 6 seed with best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Monmouth at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Manhattan can finish as No. 7 seed with 8-10 record if Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish 9-9.

Fairfield (8-9 MAAC): Can finish no higher than No. 5 seed, and no lower than No. 8 seed. Stags can clinch No. 5 seed and first-round bye with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Saturday vs. Monmouth, AND TWO Manhattan losses.
2) Win Saturday vs. Monmouth, AND a Quinnipiac loss Friday vs. Saint Peter's, AND two Manhattan losses.

Should Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish tied at 9-9 while Manhattan finishes 8-10, Stags will have tiebreaker and earn No. 5 seed by virtue of either their 104-85 win over Niagara on January 20 or their 103-100 win over Iona on January 29.

Should Fairfield and Manhattan finish tied at 9-9 and Quinnipiac finishes 8-10 or worse, Stags will earn No. 6 seed as Manhattan will have tiebreaker by virtue of their regular-season sweep.

Fairfield can also finish as No. 6 seed with 9-9 or 8-10 record if Manhattan wins Friday at Iona AND Sunday vs. Quinnipiac. Should Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10 and Monmouth finishes 7-11 or worse while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Stags will have tiebreaker and earn No. 6 seed by virtue of their wins over Niagara and Iona.

Should Fairfield, Monmouth and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10 while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Stags will earn No. 7 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Fairfield at 2-2 and Monmouth at 1-2.

Should Fairfield, Manhattan and Quinnipiac finish tied at 9-9 or 8-10 while Monmouth finishes 7-11, Stags will earn No. 7 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Manhattan at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 7-11, Stags will earn No. 7 seed as Monmouth will have tiebreaker by virtue of their 91-77 win over Rider on February 22.

Should Manhattan, Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 9-9, Stags will earn No. 8 seed as Manhattan will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Monmouth at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Fairfield, Manhattan, Quinnipiac and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10, Stags will earn No. 8 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 4-1, followed by Manhattan at 3-3, Monmouth at 2-3 and Fairfield at 2-4.

Quinnipiac (7-9 MAAC): Can finish as either No. 5, 6, 7, or 8 seed. Bobcats can clinch No. 5 seed and first-round bye with wins Friday vs. Saint Peter's AND Sunday at Manhattan.

Should Quinnipiac, Fairfield and Manhattan finish tied at 9-9 or 8-10, Bobcats will earn No. 5 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Manhattan at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Quinnipiac, Fairfield, Manhattan and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10, Bobcats will earn No. 5 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 4-1, followed by Manhattan at 3-3, Monmouth at 2-3 and Fairfield at 2-4.

Should Quinnipiac, Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Bobcats will earn No. 6 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Fairfield at 2-2 and Monmouth at 1-2.

Should Quinnipiac and Fairfield finish tied at 8-10 and Monmouth finishes 7-11 while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Bobcats will earn No. 7 seed as Fairfield would have tiebreaker by virtue of their wins over Niagara and Iona.

Should Quinnipiac and Monmouth finish tied at 7-11 while Fairfield finishes 8-10 or better, Bobcats will have tiebreaker and earn No. 7 seed by virtue of their 78-76 win over Monmouth on December 28.

Quinnipiac can earn No. 8 seed outright with a 7-11 record if Fairfield and Monmouth both finish 8-10 while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better.

Monmouth (7-10 MAAC): Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish as either No. 6, 7, or 8 seed. Hawks can clinch No. 6 seed with win Saturday at Fairfield AND TWO Quinnipiac losses, Friday vs. Saint Peter's and Sunday at Manhattan.

Should Monmouth and Fairfield finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 7-11, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 6 seed by virtue of their 91-77 win over Rider on February 22.

Should Monmouth, Fairfield, Manhattan and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10, Hawks will earn No. 7 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 4-1, followed by Manhattan at 3-3, Monmouth at 2-3 and Fairfield at 2-4.

Should Monmouth, Fairfield and Manhattan finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 9-9, Hawks will earn No. 7 seed as Manhattan will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Monmouth at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Monmouth, Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10 while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Hawks will earn No. 8 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Fairfield at 2-2 and Monmouth at 1-2.

Monmouth can also earn No. 8 seed outright with a win in either of its final two games if Fairfield, Manhattan and Quinnipiac all finish 9-9, OR with a 7-11 record if Quinnipiac wins either of its final two games.

Saint Peter's (4-12 MAAC): Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish as either No. 9, 10, or 11 seed. Peacocks can clinch No. 9 seed with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Friday at Quinnipiac AND Sunday vs. Siena.
2) Win Friday at Quinnipiac OR Sunday vs. Siena, AND TWO Marist losses, Friday at Niagara and Sunday at Canisius.

Should Saint Peter's and Marist finish tied at 6-12, Peacocks will earn No. 10 seed as Marist would have tiebreaker from their win at Canisius on February 25.

Saint Peter's can also earn No. 10 seed outright by finishing 5-13 while Marist finishes 6-12 and Siena finishes 4-14.

Should Saint Peter's and Marist finish tied at 4-14 while Siena finishes 5-13, Peacocks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 10 seed by virtue of their 58-52 win over Niagara on February 2.

Should Saint Peter's, Marist and Siena finish tied at 5-13 and Siena defeats Saint Peter's on February 25, Peacocks will earn No. 11 seed as Siena will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Marist at 2-2 and Saint Peter's at 1-3.

Saint Peter's can earn No. 11 seed outright with losses in BOTH of its final two games AND wins by Marist in BOTH of their final two games.

Marist (4-12 MAAC): Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish as either No. 9, 10, or 11 seed. Red Foxes can clinch No. 9 seed with wins Friday at Niagara AND Sunday at Canisius, AND losses by Saint Peter's AND Siena in either of their two remaining games.

Should Marist and Siena finish tied at 5-13 while Saint Peter's finishes 4-14, Red Foxes will earn No. 10 seed by virtue of Siena's 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7.

Should Marist, Saint Peter's and Siena finish tied at 5-13 and Siena defeats Saint Peter's on February 25, Red Foxes will earn No. 10 seed as Siena will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Marist at 2-2 and Saint Peter's at 1-3.

Marist can also earn No. 10 seed outright by finishing 5-13 while Saint Peter's finishes 6-12 and Siena 4-14.

Should Marist and Siena finish tied at 5-13 while Saint Peter's finishes 6-12, or tied at 5-13 while Saint Peter's finishes 4-14, Red Foxes will earn No. 11 seed by virtue of either Siena's 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7, or their 82-78 win over Iona on February 12.

Should Marist and Saint Peter's finish tied at 4-14 while Siena finishes 5-13, Red Foxes will earn No. 11 seed by virtue of Saint Peter's 58-52 win over Niagara on February 2.

Siena (4-13 MAAC): Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish as either No. 9, 10, or 11 seed.

Should Siena, Marist and Saint Peter's finish tied at 5-13 and Siena defeats Saint Peter's on February 25, Saints will have tiebreaker and earn No. 9 seed with best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Marist at 2-2 and Saint Peter's at 1-3.

Should Siena and Saint Peter's finish tied at 5-13 and Saint Peter's defeats Siena on February 25 while Marist finishes 4-14, Saints will have tiebreaker and earn No. 9 seed by virtue of their 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7.

Siena can also earn No. 10 seed outright by finishing 5-13 while Marist or Saint Peter's finishes either 6-12 or 4-14.

Should Siena and Marist finish tied at 5-13 while Saint Peter's finishes 6-12, or tied at 4-14 while Saint Peter's finishes 5-13, Saints will have tiebreaker and earn No. 10 seed by virtue of either their 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7, or their 82-78 win over Iona on February 12.

Siena can earn No. 11 seed outright with a loss Sunday at Saint Peter's AND a Marist win in either of its final two games.

These tiebreaker scenarios will be updated frequently, both on this site and on Twitter (@DalyDoseOfHoops) in the days leading up to the opening-round games on Thursday, March 1.

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