Ivy League announces addition of conference tournament in 2017

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The Ivy League announced on Thursday that they will be changing the format for which they determine their league’s automatic bid.

The league will be hosting a four-team conference tournament in the Palestra in Philadelphia with the winner receiving the Ivy League’s automatic bid. The Ivy had been the last conference in college basketball that still gave their automatic bid to the regular season conference champion.

The tournament will be held for the first time next season.

“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.”

“I witnessed not only a great game at last year’s men’s basketball playoff, but also a perfect example of what the atmosphere for Ivy League tournaments will be,” Dartmouth AD Harry Sheehy said. “Combining our teams and their historic rivalries at one venue will make these tournaments a memorable experience for our alumni, fans and student-athletes.”