Tom Burnett, Southland Conference commissioner, issued the following statement Sunday about how the University of Central Arkansas' men's basketball team gained the No. 8 and final seed into the SLC Tournament after initially being told it was out and Nicholls had earned the 8 seed.
Five teams, two of them not eliigible for postseason, tied for eighth, which required the league office to go deep into the complicated tiebreaking procedure.
Here is Burnett's statement:
"In the review of the five-way 7-11 finish in the Southland Conference men's basketball tournament tiebreaker process, a step was overlooked in the advance information shared by the Conference office before the final regular-season games.
Nicholls and Central Arkansas were advanced from the five-way comparison to a head-to-head comparison. In that scenario, the teams were compared with the teams they both played twice, in order from top to bottom.
Both teams were 0-2 against New Orleans, and both were 1-1 against Southeastern Louisiana. The original information shared Friday indicated the tie could not be broken at this point, and that Nicholls won the tie-breaker in a subsequent comparison.
This was incorrect.
There was an additional team that both Nicholls and UCA played twice that should have been compared with: Northwestern State. UCA was 1-1 vs. Northwestern and Nicholls was 0-2 vs. Northwestern.
Thus UCA gets the seeding advantage, and the No. 8 tournament seed, over Nicholls.
The Southland Conference greatly regrets the oversight that, even after multiple reviews, led to inaccurate information provided to both the Nicholls and UCA basketball programs, the media and public."
Updated 7-11 Tiebreaking Process (utilized to determine NO. 8 seed)
7-11, NIC, ACU, UCA, UIW, NSU
Tournament Seeding Process Order:
a) If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and the tied teams all played two games against one
another, the combined record of each of the tied teams against the other teams involved in the tie
shall be compared until a seeding advantage is gained.
Vs. other tied teams: NIC 4-3, ACU 1-5, UCA 4-3, UIW 4-2, NSU 3-3. Tied teams did not play each other
twice. Cannot break seeding tie.
b) If three (3) or more teams tie for a position, and if the teams combined to split their regular season
games against one another, or if they played an uneven number of games against one another, then
the tied teams’ won-loss results against the next highest-positioned team(s) they all played twice shall
be compared. This shall be continued through the final standings until one (1) team gains the
advantage, thus the higher seed.
NIC, ACU, UCA, UIW, NSU all played the following teams (in order of finish) twice:
None; Cannot break tie.
c) If three (3) or more teams remain tied for a position, regardless of the number of games played against
the other tied teams, any won-loss advantage in the combined pool of tied teams shall be used as a
seeding tie-breaker. This shall continue through the order of final standings if necessary.
Refer to a) above: NIC 4-3, ACU 1-5, UCA 4-3, UIW 4-2, NSU 3-3; UIW gets seeding preference.
UIW holds place for No. 8 seed
NIC and UCA at 4-3 revert to two-way tie-breaker:
NIC and UCA two-way tiebreaker:
a) If two (2) teams tie for a position, and one (1) team holds a head-to-head win-loss advantage after two
games against one another, that team receives the higher seed.
NIC and UCA split games 1-1; cannot break seeding tie.
b) If two (2) teams tie for a position, and if the teams split their regular season games, or if they only
played one game against each other, then the tied teams’ won-loss results against the highestpositioned
team(s) they both played twice shall be compared. This shall be continued through the final
standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thus the higher seed.
Vs. highest-positioned teams both played twice:
Vs. UNO: NIC: 0-2, UCA 0-2; Cannot break seeding tie.
Vs. SLU: NIC: 1-1, UCA 1-1; Cannot break seeding tie.
Vs. NSU: NIC 0-2, UCA 1-1; UCA wins seeding tie-breaker.
UCA is No. 8 seed