Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament

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Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament
SportCollege basketball
ConferenceIvy League
Number of teams4
FormatSingle-elimination tournament
Current stadiumPayne Whitney Gymnasium (2019)
Current locationNew Haven, CT (2019)
Last contest2019
Current championYale Bulldogs
Most championshipsPrinceton (1), Penn (1), Yale (1)
Official websitehttps://ivyleague.com/tournaments/?id=59
Host stadiums
Palestra (2017–2018)
Host locations
Philadelphia, PA (2017–2018)

The Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament is the post-season conference tournament in men's basketball for the Ivy League. It was first held in 2017; the Ivy League was the last Division 1 conference without a post-season tournament.

The tournament follows a single-elimination format that involves the top four schools in the standings at the end of the regular season. Two semifinal games are held on the first day (Saturday) with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed playing the No. 3 seed, followed by the championship game played the next day (Sunday). The tournament's winner receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

The team or teams that finish with the best record after the 14-game regular-season conference schedule will continue to be recognized as Ivy League champion. A regular-season champion that fails to win the tournament will be invited to the National Invitation Tournament, per NCAA policy on regular season champions, should they fail to receive an NCAA bid.[1]

Prior to the tournament, the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament was awarded to the conference champion as determined by the regular season standings. In the event of a tie between two teams a one-game playoff was used to determine which team would receive the league bid to the NCAA tournament; this happened on eight occasions. In 2001-02, a three-team, two game tournament was held when three teams tied for the league title.

The first two tournaments (2017 and 2018) were held at the Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; the 2019 tournament will be held at Yale University. On February 27, 2019 the Ivy League announced that the tournament will continue to rotate annually through the remaining member schools through 2025; the 2020 tournament will be held at Harvard followed by Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Columbia.[2]

Tournament Champions (2017–present)[edit]

Year Champion Seed Score Runner-up Seed MVP Venue
2017 Princeton 1 71–59 Yale 3 Myles Stephens, Princeton Palestra (Philadelphia, PA)
2018 Penn 1 68–65 Harvard 2 A. J. Brodeur, Penn Palestra (Philadelphia, PA)
2019 Yale 2 97–85 Harvard 1 Alex Copeland, Yale Payne Whitney Gymnasium (New Haven, CT)

Tournament championships by school[edit]

Member Winners Winning Years
Princeton 1 2017
Penn 1 2018
Yale 1 2019

Ivy League Tournament Appearances[edit]

Member Bids Years
Harvard 3 2017, 2018, 2019
Penn 3 2017, 2018, 2019
Yale 3 2017, 2018, 2019
Princeton 2 2017, 2019
Cornell 1 2018

NCAA Tournament Bids[edit]

Prior to the introduction of the Ivy League Tournament in 2017 the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament was awarded to the Ivy League Champion as determined by the regular season standings. In the event of a tie a playoff was held to determine the bid recipient. However, the league title is still shared.

Bids School Last bid Last win Last Sweet 16 Last Elite 8 Last Final 4 Last final Last Championship Record
25 Princeton 2017 1998 1967 1965 1965 13-29
24 Pennsylvania 2018 1994 1979 1979 1979 13-26
7 Dartmouth 1959 1958 1958 1958 1944 1944 10-7
5 Cornell 2010 2010 2010 2-6
5 Harvard 2015 2014 2-6
5 Yale 2019 2016 1-5
3 Columbia 1968 1968 1968 2-4
2 Brown 1986 0-2
Total: 76 43-85


  1. ^ "The Ivy League Adds Men's, Women's Basketball Tournaments Beginning in 2017". Ivy League. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Ivy Madness Headed to Harvard in 2020, League Announces Pre-Determined Campus Rotation". Retrieved 2 March 2019.