Beginning next season, the selection process for the Division II Men’s Basketball Championship will be modified to include both primary and tiebreaker criteria in rank priority order.
The decision, approved at the summer meeting of the Division II Championships Committee, is in response to the concerns of coaches, who wanted home losses to teams with records below .500 to be more costly. The coaches also wanted a “performance indicator” that will provide an additional qualitative tool for committee members making selections.
Effective with the 2011-12 season, the following criteria will be in place (in the following order):
1. Overall Division II won-lost results.
2. Opponents’ average winning percentage.
3. Opponents’ opponents’ average winning percentage.
4. Head-to-head competition.
5. Results versus common opponents.
6. Results versus Division II ranked teams (all regions – once ranked, always ranked).
7. Performance indicator.
1. Rating Percentage Index in-region data.
2. Record in last 10 games.
The “performance indicator” will provide point values (Division II games only) ranging from 23 for road wins against a team with a .750 record to 0 for a home loss against a team with less than a .250 winning percentage. The totals will change during the year along with the records of the opponents. Ultimately, all the possible points are totaled and then divided by the number of games to provide the number that will be used for comparison.
23 − Win on road against a .750 or above team
22 − Win neutral-site game against a .750 or above team
21 − Win at home against a .750 or above team
20 − Win on road against a .500-.749 team
19 − Win neutral site game against a .500-.749 team
18 − Win at home against a .500-.749 team
17 − Win on road against a .250- .499 team
16 − Win neutral site game against a .250-.499 team
15 − Win at home against a .250-.499 team
14 − Win on road against a .000-.249 team
13 − Win neutral site game against a .000-.249 team
12 − Win at home against a .000-.249 team
11 − Road loss to .750 or above team
10 − Neutral site loss to a .750 or above team
9 − Home loss to a .750 or above team
8 − Road loss to a .500-.749 team
7 − Neutral site loss to a .500-.749 team
6 − Home loss to a .500-.749 team
5 − Road loss to a .250-.499 team
4 − Neutral site loss to a .250-.499 team
3 − Home loss to a .250-.499 team
2 − Road loss to a .000-.250 team
1 − Neutral site loss to a .000-.250 team
0 − Home loss to a .000-.250 team
The Championships Committee also approved the Men’s Basketball Committee’s recommendation to eliminate in-region Division II won-lost results as a primary criterion since so few out-of-region games are played. The in-region information will be factored into the Rating Percentage Index, which would be regarded as the No. 1 tiebreaker.
The committee defeated a second proposal from the Men’s Basketball Committee that would have provided the opportunity to adjust the seeding in regional tournaments in cases where conference opponents would be playing each other for a fourth time (the previous three would be two regular-season games, plus a game in the conference tournament). The proposal was intended to enhance the championship experience for teams in such positions, but the Championships Committee concluded that the rule would be difficult to apply consistently and that it could be regarded as affecting the competition not only for the affected game but perhaps also for subsequent contests.