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Pac-10 Tournament Tiebreaker

March 05, 2004

There is a possibility that USC, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State could finish the Pac-10 regular season with 7-11 records. Three of the four would get in next week's tournament as the lowest seeded teams. The following is the tournament seeding and tiebreaking procedures:

SEEDINGS

* The top eight teams in the regular-season standings participate in the tournament. The seedings and pairings will be determined upon completion of regular-season play on Sunday. The won-lost percentage record of the teams in regular-season conference play will determine tournament seedings. The team with the best won-lost percentage in conference play will be seeded No. 1, the next best won-lost percentage in conference play will be seeded No. 2, and so forth.

TIEBREAKERS

Tiebreaking procedures for determining which eight teams will participate in the men 's tournament and all tournament seeding:

Two-team tie

1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.

2. Each team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage. When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tiebreaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

3. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.

4. Coin toss conducted by the Pac-10 commissioner or designee.

Multiple-team tie

1. Results of collective head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams.

2. If more than two teams are still tied, each tied team's record against the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage. When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group's own tiebreaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

If at any point the multiple-team tie is reduced to two teams, the two-team tiebreaking procedure will be applied.

3. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.

d. Coin toss conducted by the commissioner or designee.

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