(Tiebreaking rules below)
Division winners & next 2 best records in the league qualify
Division Winner with best record hosts the #4 seed
Other Division winner is automatically the #2 seed & hosts #3 seed (even if #3 seed has a better record)
Winners meet in the Championship Game on Sunday March 5th.
(2 TEAMS TIED)
1. HEAD TO HEAD
(If head to head record is tied, then best margin of victory in head to head games to a maximum margin of 10 points per game wins this tiebreaker.)
2. STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
(the team that achieved their win/loss record against the schedule with the highest combined winning pct of all of their opponents, meaning the team that played the hardest schedule, wins this tie-breaker.)
3. STRENGTH OF VICTORY
(the team that achieved their win total against opponents with the highest combined winning pct.)
4. RECORD VS PLAYOFF TEAMS BY PCT (unless both undefeated, then most wins vs playoff teams)
5. CONFERENCE RECORD
6. PLAY-IN GAME FOR LAST PLAYOFF SPOT, COIN TOSS FOR SEEDING
(3 OR MORE TEAMS TIED)
1. HEAD TO HEAD (RECORD OF ALL TIED TEAMS IN HEAD TO HEAD EVEN IF # OF GMS PLAYED IS NOT EQUAL)
(If head to head record is tied, then the best margin of victory in all head to head games between all of the teams involved in the tie is calculated to a maximum margin of 10 points per game. For this points tiebreaker, total combined number of games played vs the other teams involved in the tie by each team in the tie must be the same. Not the # of games against any individual team in the tie but the combined number of games against all of the teams in the tie)
STEPS 2-6 EXACTLY AS ABOVE.
EACH TIE-BREAKING STEP SERVES TO SEPARATE AS MANY TEAMS AS POSSIBLE, WHO WILL THEN BE PLACED IN THE STANDINGS IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY FINISH IN THAT TIEBREAKER.
IF SOME TEAMS ARE SEPARATED BY A TIE-BREAKING STEP, BUT OTHERS INVOLVED IN A MULTI-TEAM TIEBREAKER ARE STILL TIED, WE REVERT BACK TO TIE-BREAKER #1 AND REDO ALL TIE BREAKERS IN THE SAME ORDER WITH ONLY THE STATS PERTAINING TO THE TEAMS STILL TIED REMAINING AS PART OF THE EQUATION. (FOR EXAMPLE THE HEAD TO HEAD RECORD IS NOW CALCULATED AMONG ONLY THE TEAMS REMAINING IN A TIE AND NOT AMONG ALL THE TEAMS THAT WERE ORIGINALLY TIED.)