After DU has gone through the worst men’s basketball season in modern DI school history, the eighth and final Summit League Tournament berth will go to either Omaha or Denver. The two teams face-off for a 2-game series Friday and Saturday at 4:00 pm to conclude the regular season.
Both teams stand 1-11 in conference play and both teams have a single win against North Dakota in conference play. A sweep by either team guarantees a trip to Sioux Falls for the winner. If the teams split the two games, which team goes to Sioux Falls and which team goes home?
According to the Summit League tiebreakers, if both teams end up 12-2, a tiebreaker would be based on RPI. In that case, based on the current ranking, the invitation would go to Omaha (#329 RPI) instead of Denver (#347 RPI).
Simply put, Denver must sweep Omaha at Hamilton Gym to earn a trip to the Summit League Tournament.
Summit League Tie-Breakers
- Results of head-to-head competition between the two tied teams.
- Comparison of each tied team’s record against the team occupying the highest position in the standings continuing down through the standings until a 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.
- If a tie still cannot be broken after applying criteria (1), (2) and (3), it will be broken by comparing each tied team’s RPI (based upon the RPIratings.com Report issued on the morning following the last regular season League game).