2017 Ivy League Tournament Bracket
[lead align=”default”]This is the year that the Ivies get with the program: there will be a 2017 Ivy League Tournament to decide the conference automatic bid.[/lead]
This is the inaugural tournament of the league, and for year one, they kept it lean and mean. Just the top four teams qualified, which is better than no tournament at all. It also increases the odds that the best team will emerge from the bracket, relative to other conferences. Then again, a few leagues do double-byes into the semifinals, and it doesn’t always work.
Princeton must have some torn emotions. On one hand, they can be the first Ivy League Tournament champion in history. However, they could also blow a 14-0 conference season and get nothing but an NIT bid from it. If this were last year, they’d have probably clinched their bid a week ago.
2017 Ivy League Tournament Bracket and Printable Bracket
Harvard, Yale, and Penn probably like it quite a lot, as their season isn’t over yet. That Harvard and Yale meet in the semifinals is also about as good as it gets for an opening act. The Crimson swept that series with eight and 13-point wins. Nobody beat Princeton, obviously, but Harvard came within four points or less of them both times. It’s potential games like that which might make Princeton rue the day they founded this tournament.
Were the Tigers to win this tournament, they would be a 13 or 14 seed.