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Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Seeding and Tiebreaker Procedures
June 22, 2011
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  1. Automatic Qualifier. The winner of the postseason basketball championship shall be declared the Big 12 automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship.

    1. Eligibility. A team ineligible under NCAA or Big 12 rules for postseason competition shall not compete in the championship.

  2. Championship Seeding Process. The Big 12 Conference has adopted the following policies and procedures for placement of seeds in the postseason championship:

    1. Format. The match-up of seeds for championship competition will be as follows:

      First Round
      Game 1 - No. 9 Seed vs. No. 8 Seed
      Game 2 - No. 10 Seed vs. No. 7 Seed

      Quarterfinals
      Game 3 - No. 5 Seed vs. No. 4 Seed
      Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. No. 1 Seed
      Game 5 - Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2 Seed
      Game 6 - No. 6 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

      Semifinals
      Game 7 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
      Game 8 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6

      Championship
      Game 9 - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

  3. Tiebreakers. The first criteria in the breaking of ties in the standings shall be head-to-head competition of tied teams. The following procedure will be used to establish the postseason championship seeds when ties exist.

    1. Ties Involving Two Teams.

      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 tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

      3. A comparison of the tied teams Conference-games only road record.

      4. A comparison of the tied teams Conference-games only road record vs. the team(s) occupying the highest position in the final Conference 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 tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

      5. Draw. In the event tiebreaking procedures are unsuccessful and a draw is necessary in determining any portion of seeding, the following procedure will be used:

        1. The draw will be conducted in public or with media attendance.
        2. Institutions involved in the drawing have the right to have a local representative in attendance at the drawing.
        3. A single slip of paper for each institution (with name or logo) will be placed into a container and will be drawn in order of seeding from highest to lowest.

    2. Ties Involving More than Two Teams.

      1. Results of collective head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams (mini round-robin).

      2. If more than two teams are still tied, each of the tied team's record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings, eliminating tied teams with inferior records 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 tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

      3. If more than two teams are still tied, a comparison of the tied teams Conference-games only road record.

      4. If more than two teams are still tied, a comparison of the tied teams Conference-games only road record vs. the team(s) occupying the highest position in the final Conference regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standing 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 tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

      5. If at any point the multiple-team tie is reduced to two teams, the two-team tie- breaking procedures above will be applied.

      6. Once a team is eliminated from a multi-team comparison, it is dropped from further comparisons.
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