The Daily Aggie :: 03/06/09 :: Seeding Scenarios

The WAC is one day away from finishing up the regular season on both the men's and women's sides. Contrary to popular belief, the Aggie men's team is not locked in to playing Idaho in a 4/5-seed matchup. The Aggies will be playing in the 4/5 game but their opponent is still very much up in the air. The Aggies will however either face Idaho or Boise State in the first round of the WAC tournament. As we mentioned this morning, an Idaho victory over Fresno State coupled with a Nevada victory over Boise State would result in an NM State/Boise State matchup in the first round. An Idaho loss or a Boise State victory would result in the Aggies facing Idaho in the first round.

On the women's side, the Aggie women are locked in to the 7-seed but like the men, their first round opponent is also up in the air and like the men's team they will face one of two opponents, either Fresno State or Louisiana Tech.

The complete scenario breakdown is available below (Courtesy of the WAC)

2009 Men’s WAC Tournament Scenarios

Below are the possible seeds for each of the men’s teams after this Saturday’s games. Ties were broken using the tie-breaking principles on the following page.

Possible Seeds

Boise State
2 If Boise State beats Nevada, New Mexico State beats Hawai‘i and Fresno State beats Idaho OR
If Boise State beats Nevada, AND Idaho and New Mexico State both win or both lose AND if Boise State has a better RPI than Nevada on CollegeRPI.com’s ratings following the conclusion of Saturday’s games
3 If Boise State loses to Nevada and Fresno State beats Idaho OR
If Boise State beats Nevada, Hawai‘i beats New Mexico State and Idaho beats Fresno State OR
If Boise State beats Nevada, AND Idaho and New Mexico State both win or both lose AND if Boise State has a worse RPI than Nevada on CollegeRPI.com’s ratings following the conclusion of Saturday’s games
4 If Boise State loses to Nevada and Idaho beats Fresno State

Fresno State
9 Locked in

Hawai‘i
7 If Hawai‘i beats New Mexico State
8 If Hawai‘i loses to New Mexico State

Idaho
3 If Idaho beats Fresno State and Nevada beats Boise State
4 If Idaho beats Fresno State and Boise State beats Nevada OR
If Idaho loses to Fresno State and Hawai‘i beats New Mexico State
5 If Idaho loses to Fresno State and New Mexico State beats Hawai‘i

Louisiana Tech
6 If New Mexico State beats Hawai‘i and Utah State beats San Jose State
7 If New Mexico State beats Hawai‘i and San Jose State beats Utah State
8 If Hawai‘i beats New Mexico State

Nevada
2 If Nevada beats Boise State OR
If Nevada loses to Boise State, Hawai‘i beats New Mexico State and Idaho beats Fresno State OR
If Nevada loses to Boise State, AND Idaho and New Mexico State both win or both lose AND if Nevada has a better
RPI than Boise State on CollegeRPI.com’s ratings following the conclusion of Saturday’s games
3 If Nevada loses to Boise State, New Mexico State beats Hawai‘i and Fresno State beats Idaho OR
If Nevada loses to Boise State, AND Idaho and New Mexico State both win or both lose AND if Nevada has a worse
RPI than Boise State on CollegeRPI.com’s ratings following the conclusion of Saturday’s games

New Mexico State
4 If New Mexico State beats Hawai‘i and Fresno State beats Idaho
5 If New Mexico State beats Hawai‘i and Idaho beats Fresno State OR
If New Mexico State loses to Hawai‘i

San Jose State
6 If San Jose State beats Utah State OR
If San Jose State loses to Utah State and Hawai‘i beats New Mexico State
7 If San Jose State loses to Utah State and New Mexico State beats Hawai‘i

Utah State
1 Locked in

2009 Women’s WAC Tournament Scenarios

Below are the possible seeds for each of the women’s teams after this Saturday’s games.

Possible Seeds

Boise State
3 If Boise State beats Idaho and Fresno State beats Utah State
4 If Boise State beats Idaho, Utah State beats Fresno State and Hawai‘i beats Nevada
5 If Boise State loses to Idaho, Hawai‘i beats Nevada and Utah State beats Fresno State OR
If Boise State beats Idaho, Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Utah State beats Fresno State
6 If Boise State loses to Idaho and Fresno State beats Utah State OR
If Boise State loses to Idaho, Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Utah State beats Fresno State

Fresno State
1 If Fresno State beats Utah State and New Mexico State beats Louisiana Tech OR
If Fresno State beats Utah State, Louisiana Tech beats New Mexico State and Boise State beats Idaho OR
If Fresno State loses to Utah State, Boise State beats Idaho and New Mexico State beats Louisiana Tech
2 If Fresno State beats Utah State, Louisiana Tech beats New Mexico State and Idaho beats Boise State OR
If Fresno State loses to Utah State and Louisiana Tech beats New Mexico State OR
If Fresno State loses to Utah State, New Mexico State beats Louisiana Tech and Idaho beats Boise State

Hawai‘i
8 Locked in

Idaho
3 If Idaho beats Boise State and Hawai‘i beats Nevada
4 If Idaho beats Boise State, Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Fresno State beats Utah State
5 If Idaho beats Boise State, Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Utah State beats Fresno State OR
If Idaho loses to Boise State, Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Fresno State beats Utah State
6 If Idaho loses to Boise State and Hawai‘i beats Nevada OR
If Idaho loses to Boise State, Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Utah State beats Fresno State

Louisiana Tech
1 If Louisiana Tech beats New Mexico State and Utah State beats Fresno State OR
If Louisiana Tech beats New Mexico State, Fresno State beats Utah State and Idaho beats Boise State OR
If Louisiana Tech loses to New Mexico State, Utah State beats Fresno State and Idaho beats Boise State
2 If Louisiana Tech loses to New Mexico State and Fresno State beats Utah State OR
If Louisiana Tech beats New Mexico State, Fresno State beats Utah State and Boise State beats Idaho OR
If Louisiana Tech loses to New Mexico State, Utah State beats Fresno State and Boise State beats Idaho

Nevada
3 If Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Idaho beats Boise State
4 If Nevada beats Hawai‘i, Utah State beats Fresno State and Bosie State beats Idaho OR
If Fresno State beats Utah State and Boise State beats Idaho (does not matter if Nevada wins or loses)
5 If Nevada loses to Hawai‘i, Fresno State beats Utah State and Idaho beats Boise State OR
If Nevada loses to Hawai‘i, Utah State beats Fresno State and Boise State beats Idaho
6 If Nevada loses to Hawai‘i, Utah State beats Fresno State and Idaho beats Boise State

New Mexico State
7 Locked in

San Jose State
9 Locked in

Utah State
3 If Utah State beats Fresno State and Boise State beats Idaho
4 If Utah State beats Fresno State and Idaho beats Boise State OR
If Utah State loses to Fresno State, Hawai‘i beats Nevada and Idaho beats Boise State
5 If Utah State loses to Fresno State, Hawai‘i beats Nevada and Boise State beats Idaho OR
If Utah State loses to Fresno State, Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Idaho beats Boise State
6 If Utah State loses to Fresno State, Nevada beats Hawai‘i and Boise State beats Idaho

WAC Tie-breaking Procedures.
a. General Procedures
The following procedures are to be used to determine seeding for a Conference tournament or to establish the automatic qualifier to an NCAA Championship subject to any sport regulation tie-breakers.
[1] Ties for all places in the standings (between two teams or three or more teams) which can be broken based upon head-to-head competition are broken before the implementation of further tie-breaking procedures.
[2] If more than two teams are tied, the three or more tie-breaking procedures shall be implemented. If only two teams are tied, the two-team tie-breaking procedures shall be implemented.
[3] In the case of ties for more than one place, the first tie broken is that of the highest place (i.e., first place, second place, etc.) and continue downward through the standings.
[4] If the tie is for first place and cannot be broken by a head-to-head results, compare the tied teams’ winning percentage against the next highest finishing team and continue through the standings. The team with the best winning percentage against the next highest-finishing team or group of tied teams advances. If the tie is for any position other than first place, the comparison shall begin at the top of the standings.
[5] Once a tied team has been placed in a position/seed, that team shall be included in all further comparisons of other tied teams from the position/seed in which it has been placed.

b. Tie-Breaking Procedures
[1] Two-Way Tie:
[i] The winner of the head-to-head competition is the higher seed.
[ii] If the tie is for first place, compare the tied teams’ records against the next highest finishing team and continue through the standings. The team with the best record/winning percentage against the next highest finishing team or group of tied teams advances. If the tie is for any position other than first place, the comparison shall begin at the top of the standings.
[iii] If a tie still remains, the Conference office shall conduct a draw. The drawn team shall receive the higher seed.
[iv] Men and Women’s Basketball Only. If a tie still remains, the institution with the highest RPI following the conclusion of the WAC’s regular season shall receive the higher seed (replaces iii above). The official NCAA RPI shall be used, if available. If not, CollegeRPI.com shall be used. [5/06]

[2] Three or More-Way Tie. Once a tie has been reduced to two teams, the two-team tie-breaker is implemented.
[i] Compare the records of the tied teams against each other. The team(s) with the best record(s) versus the other tied teams receives the higher seed or advances to the next tie-breaker; the team with the next best record versus the other tied teams receives the next highest seed or advances to the next tie breaker, etc.
[ii] If the tie is for first place, compare the tied teams’ records against the next highest finishing team and continue through the standings. The team with the best record against the next highest-finishing team or group of tied teams advances. If the tie is for any position other than first place the comparison shall begin at the top of the standings.
[iii] If a tie still remains, the Conference office shall conduct a draw. The first team drawn shall receive the higher seed, the second team drawn shall receive the next highest seed, etc.
[iv] Men and Women’s Basketball Only. If a tie still remains, the institution with the highest RPI following the conclusion of the WAC’s regular season shall receive the higher seed (replaces iii above). The official NCAA RPI shall be used, if available. If not, CollegeRPI.com shall be used. [5/06]