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When I first saw the score of last nights Eastern Illinois, Morehead State game, it seemed fitting. The Panthers, who struggled much of the year until “do or die” time came about were about to be emphatically eliminated from the OVC Tournament.

Only, they weren’t. No, they didn’t stage a miraculous comeback: they were still blown out in spectacular fashion, putting up their lowest point total on a year that’s been seemingly full of low point totals. But simply, SIU Edwardsville, as has been their calling card this season, simply threw another wrench into the OVC this season.

For a team that can’t qualify for the OVC Tournament, they’re sure having a lot of fun messing with the teams that can.

Turns out, while SIUE is ineligible, they can contribute to tiebreakers, something I had no idea on and something the OVC initially missed. So the following tiebreaker scenario, which the Panthers would actually win was born.

If Eastern Illinois beats Eastern Kentucky, and the Cougars lose to Morehead State Saturday night, they would all be tied at 6-10. If that is the case, EIU would be 2-1 against EKU and SIUE. Eastern Kentucky, who lost to the Cougars, would be just 1-3, putting EIU into the tournament, and turning up the temperature on Jeff Neubauer’s seat.

Other Tiebreakers

The other major tiebreaker to watch involves the 3rd and 4th seeds, with TTU, SEMO, and Morehead State all entering the final day at 9-6. Morehead hosts SIUE, SEMO travels to play Austin Peay, and TTU hosts Murray. In all, there are 7 possible tie-breaking scenarios left for these teams, and they’re all listed below. SEMO, in my opinion, is in the most trouble after their loss to Jacksonville State Thursday. Morehead will be favored to win. If TTU beats Murray, all bets are off, but if not, SEMO must beat Austin Peay on the road (who finally bounced back) or hope that Morehead State loses at home, else it’s day one play for them. Assuming that same loss by the Golden Eagles, they need SEMO to lose, although they can bounce as high as a 3-seed with a Morehead loss.

Full List of Possible Ties

*Murray State has clinched the No. 1 seed.
*Tennessee State has clinched the No.2 seed
*Southeast Missouri, Tennessee Tech, Morehead State, Austin Peay and Jacksonville State have clinched spots in the field.
*Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Illinois are contending for the 8th and final spot.

If Southeast Missouri, Tennessee Tech and Morehead State are tied at 10-6 (or 9-7) …
TTU would be 2-1 in composite tiebreaker and be the No. 3 seed
SEMO would be 1-1 in composite tiebreaker and be the No. 4 seed
MOR would be 1-2 in the composite tiebreaker and be the No. 5 seed

If Southeast Missouri and Tennessee Tech are tied at 10-6 …
(Note: This assumes Morehead loses, finishes 9-7 and is the No. 5 seed)
TTU won the season series 1-0 and would be the No. 3 seed; SEMO would be No. 4

If Morehead State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 10-6 …
(Note: This assume SEMO loses, finishes 9-7 and is the No. 5 seed)
The teams split the season series 1-1
TTU would be 1-1 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be the No. 3 seed
MOR (0-1 against Murray State) would be the No. 4 seed

If Morehead State and Southeast Missouri are tied at 10-6 …
(Note: This assumes TTU loses, finishes 9-6 and is the No. 5 seed)
SEMO won the season series 1-0 and would be the No. 3 seed; MOR would be No. 4

If Morehead State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 9-7 …
(Note: This assumes SEMO wins, finishes 10-6 and is the No. 3 seed)
The teams split the season series 1-1
MOR would be 0-1 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be the No. 4 seed
TTU would be 0-2 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be the No. 5 seed

If Morehead State and Southeast Missouri are tied at 9-7 …
(Note: This assumes TTU wins, finishes 10-6 and is the No. 3 seed)
SEMO won the season series 1-0 and would be the No. 4 seed; MOR would be No. 5

If Southeast Missouri and Tennessee Tech are tied at 9-7 …
(Note: This assumes MOR wins, finishes 10-6 and is the No. 3 seed)
TTU won the season series 1-0 and would be the No. 4 seed; SEMO would be No. 5

If Austin Peay and Jacksonville State are tied at 8-8 (or 7-9) …
Austin Peay won the season series 1-0 and would be the No. 6 seed; JSU would be No. 7

If Austin Peay, Jacksonville State and SIUE are tied at 7-9 …
Austin Peay pulls out of composite tiebreaker (2-0) and is No. 6 seed
Jacksonville State is the No. 7 seed

If Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State are tied at 7-9 …
APSU and EKU would break out of tie with composite records of 2-1
The teams (APSU/EKU) split the season series (1-1)
EKU would be 0-1 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be the No. 6 seed
APSU would be 0-2 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be the No. 7 seed
JSU would be the No. 8 seed
If Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky are tied at 7-9 …
(Note: This assumes JSU wins, finishes 8-8 and is the No. 6 seed)
The teams split the season series 1-1
EKU would be 0-1 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be the No. 7 seed
APSU would be 0-2 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be the No. 8 seed

If Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State are tied at 7-9 …
(Note: This assumes APSU wins, finishes 8-8 and is the No. 6 seed)
EKU won the season series 1-0 and would be the No. 7 seed; JSU would be No. 8

If Eastern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky are tied at 6-10 …
(Note: This assumes EIU beats EKU on Saturday, and the teams are not in a tie with SIUE)
The teams split the season series 1-1
EKU would be 0-1 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be the No. 8 seed
EIU would be 0-2 against the No. 1 seed (Murray State) and be eliminated

If Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and SIUE are tied at 6-10 …
(Note: This assumes EIU beats EKU on Saturday and SIUE loses at Morehead State)
EIU would be 3-1 in the composite tiebreaker and be the No. 8 seed
EKU would be 1-3 in the composite tiebreaker would be eliminated

Tiebreaker Rules

TWO-WAY TIES
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.     In the event step 1 does not resolve the tie (i.e. if the two teams split their games during the season), then the records of the tying teams against the No. 1 seed shall be compared.  The team with the better record against the No. 1 seed shall gain the higher seed.
3.     If the potential No. 1 seed is among tied teams, the process in step 2 will begin at the highest point in the standings which does not involve a tied team.
4.     The process continues, through the No. 11 team in the standings, if necessary.
5.     In the event the tie cannot be broken, seeds will be determined by a coin flip.

MULTIPLE TIES
1.     Composite records between the tying teams will be evaluated to determine whether one team has won more games against the other tying institutions (in which case that team would receive the higher seed) and/or one team has won the least number of games among the tied teams (in which case the team will receive the lowest seed), and/or two teams have the same composite record (in which case the two-team tiebreaker scenario shall be utilized).
2.     In the event step 1 does not solve the multiple ties, or reduce the multiple ties to one tie, then a comparison of records of the tying institutions against the No. 1 seed will occur.  The team among the tying institutions with the better record against the No. 1 seed will receive the higher seed.
3.     If the potential No. 1 seed is among tied teams, the process in step 2 will begin at the highest point in the standings which does not involve a tied team.
4.     The process continues, through the No. 11 team in the standings, if necessary.
5.     In the event this process does not resolve the ties, seeding will be determined by a coin flip.

Note: If a multiple tie is reduced to a tie between two teams, the two-team tiebreaker formula will then be utilized. Ties involving teams higher in the standings are always broken before ties involving teams lower in the standings.

Higher winning percentages shall prevail in tiebreaker situations, even if the number of games played against a team or group if unequal (i.e. 2-0 is better than 3-1). In the case of tied percentages, 2-0 is better than 1-0 and 0-1 is better than 0-2.

For 2011-12: Although SIUE is not eligible for the OVC Tournament, they will be included in all tiebreaker scenarios (i.e. others teams records against them during the season). When it comes to seeding, SIUE will be skipped over in the final process (they will not receive a seed).


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  1. Luke:
    This seems illogical to me. I guess it's OK in this situation because penalizing EIU for playing one more game against Murray makes about as much sense as including SIU-E in the tiebreaker. But can you imagine if EKU had beaten EIU twice but then got left out of the tourney because SIU E screwed up things with the 3-way tiebreaker? I just don't understand why you would include the Cougars as if they were actually playing in the tourney.
    • They affect standings, so it makes sense that they would affect ties to a point. EIU is only in the race because they beat SIU Edwardsville, whereas EKU is in trouble because they lost twice to SIUE. So I get it. It's still a little weird, but I get it.
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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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