ISU men's basketball

Idaho State’s Geno Luzcando lays it up against Montana on Thursday in Reed Gym.

 

Idaho State has no idea what its fate will be.

The Bengals can finish anywhere from third to sixth in the Big Sky standings, and they won’t know until Saturday night.

ISU (15-13, 10-6 Big Sky Conference) concludes its regular season at Eastern Washington and Idaho, teams that also boast 10-6 conference records and are tied with the Bengals for third. The top-four teams earn coveted first-round byes in next week’s conference tournament in Reno, Nevada.

The Bengals are also tied with North Dakota, which plays at Montana and Montana State. Weber State and Montana have already locked up top-two seeds.

The following are Big Sky tiebreaker scenarios:

The won-lost percentage record of the teams in regular-season conference play will determine tournament seeding.

A. Two-team tie

1. Results of head-to-head competition (winning percentage) during the regular season.

2. Each team's record vs the team (winning percentage) occupying the highest position in the final regular standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

3. When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record (winning percentage) 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.

4. RPI Rankings

5. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

B. Multiple-team tie

1. Results of collective head-to-head competition (winning percentage) during the regular season among the tied teams.

2. If more than two teams are still tied, each of the tied team's record (winning percentage) vs the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings, and then continuing down through the standings, eliminating teams with inferior records, until one team gains an advantage.

3. When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team's record (winning percentage) 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.

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

5. RPI Rankings

6. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

The Bengals need to sweep EWU and UI and North Dakota has to lose once for ISU get the No. 3 seed. IF ISU loses twice, it’s the No. 6 seed. If ISU splits, the tiebreakers come into play.