Correction: Tangled up in tiebreakers

By Carl Adamec

My partners on the television side at SNY are in their first season of covering University of Connecticut women’s basketball while I’ve done it now for a quarter-century. They got the better of me Tuesday night.

I reported in a blog after the Huskies’ 76-36 win over Pittsburgh that if UConn and Notre Dame finished Big East regular season play with 15-1 records, meaning the Huskies would beat the Irish in South Bend Monday night, a coin flip would determine the No. 1 seed for the Big East tournament. Meanwhile, my partners on the television side noted that UConn would be the No. 1 seed with wins over South Florida and Notre Dame to finish the regular season.

TV 1, Carl 0.

The first tiebreaker is head-to-head and UConn and Notre Dame would have split their two meetings. But according to Big East assistant director of communications Mike Coyne, the Huskies would eventually get the edge because of a better record against Marquette (2-0 for UConn; 1-0 for Notre Dame), which will finish ahead of Notre Dame’s second home-and-home partner (Providence) in the final standings. Marquette is 5-9 in the league and Providence is 2-12 after the Golden Eagles’ win over the Friars at Alumni Hall.

I will try to do better the next time.