GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10: Josh Southern #52 of the Boston College Eagles shoots against J.T. Terrell #0 and Ty Walker #40 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first half of the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Clemson hung on to defeat Virginia Tech 58-56 last night, setting up the possibility of a four-way tie for ninth in the ACC at 4-12 with Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and BC. If all four teams finish deadlocked at 4-12, the Eagles will lose all tie-breakers against the other three teams.
Here's the four-way tiebreaker rule via theACC.com:
3. If three or more teams are tied in the standings, the following procedures will be used:
a. The combined record of conference games between the tied teams involved will be compiled. Ties will be broken, and seedings assigned, based on the winning percentage of the combined conference records. The higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group is unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1; 1-0 is the same as 2-0; 2-0 is the same as 4-0; 2-1 is the same as 4-2; 1-0 is better than 1-1; 0-1 is the same as 0-2; 0-2 is the same as 0-4).
If all four teams finish deadlocked at 4-12, the Eagles will lose all tiebreaker comparisons based on their 2-4 record against the other three programs. BC would be 1-1 vs. Virginia Tech, 1-1 vs. Georgia Tech and 0-2 vs. Wake Forest, giving the Eagles the no. 12 seed in next week's ACC tournament, and a first round date with one of Virginia, N.C. State, Miami or Clemson.
Georgia Tech would be the no. 11 seed with a combined ACC record of 2-3 against the tied teams. Virginia Tech would be the no. 10 (2-2) and Wake Forest the no. 9 seed (4-1).
BC can still finish as high as the 9th spot with a win and some help. Here's the remaining schedule:
-- Virginia Tech (4-11) hosts N.C. State.
-- Wake Forest (4-11) plays at Georgia Tech.
-- Boston College (4-11) plays at Miami.
-- Georgia Tech (3-12) hosts Wake Forest.
WIth one regular season ACC game to go, here are the Eagles' various seeding scenarios:
The Eagles will be the No. 9 seed with ...
-- A win over Miami AND a Georgia Tech win over Wake Forest.
The Eagles will be the No. 10 seed with ...
-- A Wake Forest win over Georgia Tech AND a Virginia Tech loss to N.C. State.
The Eagles will be the No. 11 seed with ...
-- A Wake Forest win over Georgia Tech AND a Virginia Tech win over N.C. State.
The Eagles will be the No. 12 seed with ...
-- A loss to Miami AND a Georgia Tech win over Wake Forest.