For the first time ever, the Ivy League will use a conference tournament to see which school earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They are the last conference to adopt a postseason tournament, as they would previously give their automatic bid to the regular season champion.
Even though there are eight teams in the Ivy League, only the top four schools were invited to their inaugural conference tournament. The seeding ended up shaking out as follows: #1 Princeton (14-0), #2 Harvard (10-4), #3 Yale (9-5), and #4 Penn (6-8). These four teams will duke it out for a trip to the big dance at the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Saturday, March 11 through Sunday, March 12.
Whoever makes it to March Madness is definitely capable of winning a game or two. Just last year, Yale made it to the NCAA Tournament, and they promptly executed a classic 12-seed/5-seed upset over Baylor.
Now that the stage has been set, let’s breakdown the bracket and schedule of the historic 2017 Ivy League Tournament.
2017 Ivy League Tournament Bracket
2017 Ivy League Tournament Schedule
Saturday, March 11 (Semifinals)
Game 1 – #1 Princeton vs. #4 Penn at 1:30 P.M. ET on ESPNU
Game 2 – #2 Harvard vs. #3 Yale at 4:00 P.M. ET on ESPNU
Sunday, March 12 (Championship)
Game 3 – Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner at 12:00 P.M. ET on ESPN2