For a long time, the Ivy League weren’t able to join in on the madness of the college basketball conference tournament scene. However, that will change going into the 2016-17 season.
According to multiple reports, the Ivy League is set to add on a conference tournament beginning next season. Now, this tournament will not feature all teams from the conference, but it will still give the best teams to a chance to get into the tournament.
The League will host a four-team tournament at one of the most historic college basketball stadiums in the country, the Palestra in Philadelphia. The winner of this tournament will gain the Ivy’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, which was given to the regular season champion in the past and would be decided in a one-game playoff in the event of a tie in the past.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase our talented student-athletes when all eyes are on college basketball,” Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson said. “These tournaments enhance the importance of every single game of our conference schedule as our teams compete for the opportunity to be a part of a championship experience.”
This year, the Yale Bulldogs won the Ivy League’s automatic bid for the first time since 1962. While they deserved the bid this year, it would have been even more interesting to see them get tested against the best of the best the conference has to offer.
It is going to be very interesting to see what happens over the next year in one of the most storied conferences in the history of collegiate sports.
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