Top four men's and women's squads will compete with their peers in the NCAA tournament
10 of March 2016 11:48:42
The Ivy League is adding men's and women's conference tournaments for the 2017 season that will determine the conference's automatic berths for the NCAA Tournament.[caption id="attachment_5268" align="alignleft" width="240"] More chances to shine in the playoffs will be welcomed by the Ivy League's basketball stars, like the Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lin, who graduated from Harvard in 2010. Photo: Creative Commons[/caption]The Ivy League had traditionally sent its regular season champion to the tournament.The 2017 tournament for men and women will be held March 11 and 12 at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The Palestra is the on-campus home for Ivy League team Penn.Only the top-four teams in the standings will advance to the tournament.Yale won for men and Penn the women this season under the traditional round-robin format.Robin Harris, the conference's executive director, says the format of the tournament lets the league preserve its significance of the regular season while giving athletes and fans something to anticipate.