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bethlehempard

Ivy League will hold BB tournaments

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-b...017-automatic-ncaa-tournament-bid

Four teams in each. One fewer season game so the Ivy "ideal" is respected.
The games will be at the Palestra, which is nice.
No more one-game playoffs at Kirby anymore.
***The league hasn't determined yet how to resolve ties for fourth. The last Kirby game I recall was Penn/Yale in 2002.
Marooner

Re: Ivy League will hold BB tournaments

bethlehempard wrote:
http://espn.go.com/mens-college-b...017-automatic-ncaa-tournament-bid

Four teams in each. One fewer season game so the Ivy "ideal" is respected.
The games will be at the Palestra, which is nice.
No more one-game playoffs at Kirby anymore.
***The league hasn't determined yet how to resolve ties for fourth. The last Kirby game I recall was Penn/Yale in 2002.

I'd imagine that they'll go with a conventional tiebreaker (head-to-head, then results vs. best team, etc.) rather than a one-game playoff... for scheduling reasons if nothing else.

Unfortunately for Penn/Princeton rivalry, this likely gets rid of the end-of-season doubleheader that tends to be a huge factor in deciding the men's and/or women's title in most years. Can't see these teams playing on a Tuesday with a tournament approaching when everybody else has been done since Saturday.

Also, hard to see this staying at the Palestra (only a one year deal, as far as I've read). Even if they extend that contract past 2017, the first time the top seed has to play a true road game at the fourth-seeded Quakers, the pushback will grow toward either a true neutral court or the top seed hosting.

All in all, I enjoyed the quirk of the #14GameTournament (respect the branding), but I think this is a good step toward turning the Ivy into a two-bid league. The talent is there a lot of years, including this one. If Yale and Princeton played a "rubber match" in a tournament final, the loser would have a legit case for an at-large.

Same can be said for the Penn and Princeton women this year.

Anyway, enough about a matter that doesn't really concern the Leopards...

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