Saturday, February 24, 2018

Updated MAAC tiebreaker scenarios; February 24, 2018

Updated after Fairfield's 69-66 victory over Monmouth Saturday, 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.


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 (12-6 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 an Iona loss Sunday at Rider, OR a Canisius win Sunday vs. Marist.


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 (11-6 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 a win Sunday at Rider AND a Canisius loss Sunday at 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


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

Fairfield (9-9 MAAC): Can finish as either No. 5 or No. 6 seed. Stags can clinch No. 5 seed and first-round bye with a Manhattan loss Sunday vs. Quinnipiac.


Should Manhattan defeat Quinnipiac, Stags will earn No. 6 seed as Manhattan will have tiebreaker by virtue of their regular-season sweep.

Manhattan (8-9 MAAC): Can finish as either No. 5 or 7 seed. Jaspers can clinch No. 5 seed and first-round bye with a win Sunday vs. Quinnipiac.

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 8-10 while Fairfield finishes 9-9 and Monmouth finishes 7-11, Jaspers will earn No. 7 seed by virtue of Quinnipiac's regular-season sweep of Manhattan.


Quinnipiac (7-10 MAAC): Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish as either No. 6 or 7 seed.

Should Quinnipiac defeat Manhattan, Bobcats will have tiebreaker and earn No. 6 seed by virtue of their regular-season sweep of Manhattan.

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


Monmouth (7-11 MAAC): Will be the No. 8 seed in the MAAC Tournament, and will face the No. 9 seed, either Saint Peter's or Siena, at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 1.


Saint Peter's (5-12 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 a win Sunday vs. Siena.


Should Saint Peter's and Siena finish 5-13 while Marist finishes 4-14, Peacocks will earn No. 10 seed as Siena will have tiebreaker by virtue of their regular-season sweep of Saint Peter's. 

Should Saint Peter's, Marist and Siena finish tied at 5-13, 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.


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. Saints can clinch No. 9 seed with a win Sunday at Saint Peter's.


Should Siena, Marist and Saint Peter's finish tied at 5-13, 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 Marist finish tied at 5-13 or 4-14, 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 Sunday at Canisius.


Marist (4-13 MAAC): Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1, either at 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. Can finish as either No. 10 or 11 seed. Red Foxes can clinch No. 10 seed with a win Sunday at Canisius.


Should Marist, Saint Peter's and Siena finish tied at 5-13, 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.


Should Marist and Siena finish tied at 5-13 or 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.



Above chart shows all possibilities for bottom three seeds between Saint Peter's, Siena, and Marist. (Prepared by Brian Beyrer, senior associate athletic director for communications at Iona College)

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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