Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament

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Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament
Sport College basketball
Conference Ivy League
Number of teams 4
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Payne Whitney Gymnasium (2019)
Current location New Haven, CT (2019)
Played 2017–present
Current champion Penn
Most championships Princeton (1), Penn (1)
Official website #IvyMadness
Host stadiums
Palestra (2017–2018)
Host locations
Philadelphia, PA (2017–2018)

The Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament is the conference tournament in men's basketball for the Ivy League, starting in 2017.

It is a single-elimination tournament that involves the top four schools in the standings. The format for the tournament is two semifinal games 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 teams that finish with the best records from the 14-game regular-season conference schedule will continue to be recognized as Ivy League champions, and 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 formal tournament, the Ivy League used a one-game playoff if necessary to break ties eight times with two teams, and in 2001-02, a three-team tournament, in order to settle the conference championship.


Tournament Champions (2017–present)

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 Payne Whitney Gymnasium (New Haven, CT)

Regular Season Champions (Pre-2017)

Prior to 2017, the Ivy League awarded the league's automatic bid to the best team in the conference based on regular season record.

Season Regular Season Champion Regular Season Runner-Up Notes
2015–16 Yale Princeton
2014–15 Harvard and Yale None Harvard won playoff game for league's automatic bid to NCAA tournament
2013–14 Harvard Yale
2012–13 Harvard Princeton
2011–12 Harvard Pennsylvania
2010–11 Harvard and Princeton None Princeton won playoff game for league's automatic bid to NCAA tournament
2009–10 Cornell Princeton
2008–09 Cornell Princeton, Yale
2007–08 Cornell Brown
2006–07 Pennsylvania Yale
2005–06 Pennsylvania Princeton
2004–05 Pennsylvania Cornell
2003–04 Princeton Pennsylvania, Brown
2002–03 Pennsylvania Brown
2001–02 Pennsylvania, Yale, Princeton None Penn won playoff for league's automatic bid to NCAA tournament
2000–01 Princeton Brown, Pennsylvania
1999–00 Pennsylvania Princeton


Tournament championships by school

Member Winners Winning Years
Princeton 1 2017
Penn 1 2018

Ivy League Tournament Bids

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

NCAA Tournament Bids

Bids School Last bid Last win Last Sweet 16 Last Elite 8 Last Final 4 Last final Last Championship Record
24 Princeton 2017 1998 1967 1965 1965 13-28
23 Pennsylvania 2018 1994 1979 1979 1979 13-25
7 Dartmouth 1959 1958 1958 1958 1944 1944 10-7
5 Cornell 2010 2010 2010 2-6
5 Harvard 2015 2014 2-6
4 Yale 2016 2016 1-5
3 Columbia 1968 1968 1968 2-4
2 Brown 1986 0-2
Total: 73 43-83


  1. ^ "The Ivy League Adds Men's, Women's Basketball Tournaments Beginning in 2017". Ivy League. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Ivy League" (PDF). Ivyleaguesports.com. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
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