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Wayne Staats | | March 17, 2019

2019 Ivy League Tournament: Schedule, bracket, scores for the playoff

The 2019 Ivy League Tournament has concluded, with Yale claiming the 97-85 victory and NCAA tournament auto-bid. After Harvard and Yale shared the regular-season title with 10-4 records, both faced off in Sunday's conference tournament title game.

Yale, which hosted the tournament, was the No. 2 seed. The Bulldogs beat Princeton Saturday to advance to the title game. No. 1 Harvard defeated No. 4 Penn in the other semifinal.

Check out below for all the scores from the tournament.

2019 Ivy League Tournament: Bracket, schedule

Semifinals — Saturday, March 16

No. 1 Harvard 66, No. 4 Penn 58
No. 2 Yale 83, No. 3 Princeton 77

Championship — Sunday, March 17

No. 2 Yale 97, No. 1 Harvard 85 

2019 Ivy League Tournament: Standings

Only the top four teams qualified for the tournament.

Place Team Conference Games back Overall record
1 Harvard 10-4 -- 17-10
2 Yale 10-4 -- 20-7
3 Princeton 8-6 2 16-11
4 Penn 7-7 3 19-11
5 Brown 7-7 3 19-11
6 Cornell 7-7 3 15-15
7 Columbia 5-9 5 10-18
8 Dartmouth 2-12 8 11-19

2019 Ivy League Tournament: Schedule for the remaining games

MARCH MADNESS: Predicted tournament field

Friday, March 1
Columbia 80, Brown 77
Yale 88, Cornell 65
Princeton 77, Dartmouth 76 (OT)
Harvard 59, Penn 53

Saturday, March 2
Brown 75, Cornell 51
Columbia 83, Yale 75
Penn 65, Dartmouth 51
Harvard 66, Princeton 58

Friday, March 8
Brown 67, Princeton 63
Columbia 70, Dartmouth 66
Cornell 72, Harvard 59
Penn 77, Yale 66

Saturday, March 9
Penn 58, Brown 51
Yale 81, Princeton 59
Harvard 83, Columbia 81 (OT)
Cornell 66, Dartmouth 51

Ivy League Tournament tiebreakers

When two teams are tied...

  1. Head-to-head result
  2. Comparing each team's record against the highest seed outside the tie, continuing down through the standings (if a group of teams is tied, use each team's record against the group)
  3. Average of the most recent ratings identified in advance by the coaches (e.g. Sagarin, KenPom, BPI and NET)
  4. A draw by the Executive Director

When more than two teams are tied...
NOTE: Once a highest seed is determined from the group, the placement of the still-tied teams will be determined on a basis on head-to-head competition

  1. Records between the tied teams — The higher seed will go to the team with the most wins against the other teams tied at the same spot
  2. Comparing each team's record against the highest seed outside the tie, continuing down through the full league standings
  3. Average of the most recent ratings identified in advance by the coaches (e.g. Sagarin, KenPom, BPI and NET)
  4. A draw by the Executive Director

Ivy League Tournament: History

The Ivy League was the last Division I conference without a conference tournament. Instead, the team with the best regular-season record received the league's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. If teams were tied for first, they met in a one-game playoff.

But the Ivy started playing a conference tournament in 2017, with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinals. The winner advances to the NCAA tournament. If the regular-season champion doesn't win the four-team playoff, it qualifies automatically for the NIT.

Year Champion (Seed) Score Runner up (Seed)
2017 Princeton (1) 71-59 Yale (3)
2018 Penn (2) 68-65 Harvard (1)
2019 Yale (2) 97-85 Harvard (1)


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