10/16/2021 - 10/17/2021State:
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- Event Type:
- Championship Tournament - Conference Championship Tournament
The Three team tie-breaker problem.
When all three teams in a pool finish with 1-1 records, apply the standard tie-
breakers, but you should add the following rule to the tournament:
If the first two games of a three-way round robin end with the exact same score (but
different winners), one additional point should be played after the second game. The
pulling team and the sides should be the same as at the beginning of the second half.
This point will only count in the case of the otherwise unbreakable three-way tie,
where each game results in the exact same score. If each team has a point
differential of zero after the last game and all three games resulted in the same
score, the additional point played after round two determines the first and third
Example 1. A beats B 15-12. B beats C 15-12. At the conclusion of their
game, B and C play one additional point. This point will only come into play if C
beats A 15-12 in the final game.
Remember, this provision only goes into effect if all three scores are
identical; if merely all three point differentials are identical, that is not enough
to trigger this provision (see next example).
The problem with this, of course, is that where a team finishes, in part, is
due to the round in which that team has a bye. But since teams know entering the
final game what an identical score will cause, those two teams are in control of
their fate, and the third team had a chance to impact the tie during the tiebreak
point of the previous round.
Example 2. A beats B 15-12. B beats C 14-11. C beats A 15-12. All three
point differentials are zero, but not all the scores are identical. The tie can be
broken, however, with tie-breaker rule #6, which is "points scored, counting only
games among the teams that are tied." A has scored 27 points, B and C have each
scored 26 points. A takes first place, and you attempt to break B and C's tie by
going back at the first rule. On head-to-head (rule #2), B beat C, and so B takes
second and C takes third.