Ivy League Basketball Tournaments Tiebreakers

The following are the tiebreakers that will be used to break up any ties for seeding or tournament berths.

I. In the case of a two‐way tie between teams in the final standings, the following process will be used until all ties are broken and the seeding process is completed (ties will be broken in rank order beginning with the highest seed):

  1. Head‐to‐head competition ‐ The higher seed will go to the team that has won the most League contests played against the other team involved in the tie.
  2. If a tie still exists, the tie will be broken by comparing each team’s record against the highest seed outside of the tie and continuing through the full league standings (if there is a group of tied teams, use each team's record against the group rather than the individual teams) if necessary. 
  3. If a tie still exists, an average of the most recent ratings indices identified in advance by the coaches (Men: Sagarin, Ken Pom, BPI and NCAA RPI; Women: Sagarin, RPIratings.com and NCAA RPI) will be utilized to determine the higher seed.
  4. If a tie still persists, a draw will be conducted by the Executive Director


II. In the case of a multiple‐team tie (more than two teams tied for the same spot), the following process will be used: Note: Once a highest seed (amongst the tied teams) is determined, the tie between the remaining seeds shall be determined on the basis of head-to-head competition.

  1. Records between the tied teams – The higher seed will go to the team that has won the most League contests against the other teams tied at that spot.
  2. If a tie still exists, the tie will be broken by comparing each team’s record against the highest seed outside of the tie and continuing through the full league standings (if there is a group of tied teams, use each team's record against the group rather than the individual teams), if necessary.
  3. If a tie still exists, an average of the most recent ratings indices identified in advance by the coaches (Men: Sagarin, Ken Pom, BPI and NCAA RPI; Women: Sagarin, RPIratings.com and NCAA RPI) will be utilized to determine the higher seed.
  4. If a tie still persists, a draw will be conducted by the Executive Director