At-large Bid By Conference: Ivy League

As we draw closer to March Madness, I can’t help but to analyze each conference for teams either worth an At-large bid or one whom is on the bubble. Here, I examine the Ivy League, which according to KenPom is the 16th best conference. And, if you’re not familiar with the uniqueness of the Ivy League in terms of their automatic bid, I’ll briefly explain. The Ivy League does not feature a tournament after it’s regular season has concluded. Instead, an automatic bid is solely based on conference record. It’s definitely different, as it eliminates any chances for the Ivy League to be represented by a terrible team.  

Best Teams: Yale Bulldogs, Princeton Tigers, Columbia Lions


On The Bubble: Princeton Tigers

Note: The Yale Bulldogs have ended a 54 year drought from the NCAA Tournament, as they’ve earned the Ivy League automatic bid with a 13-1 conference record. They also ended the Harvard Crimson’s four year reign, who finished with a mere 6-8 in conference. The only defeat the Yale Bulldogs had, was against the Princeton Tigers, who currently have a 11-2 conference record. The Tigers were tied with the Bulldogs, until they stumbled on Friday, losing by two points to the Harvard Crimson. Now, the only way the Tigers can get into the NCAA Tournament, is if the selection committee deems them to be an At-large. However, I can’t see that happen. The Tigers have one quality win and that was over the Yale Bulldogs, other then that, the sweep of the Columbia Lions is there next best win(s). They should do well in the NIT though.


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  1. Chris says:

    I have been a Princeton fan for 45 years, and while Harvard, Penn, Cornell, and now Yale, have all been to the big dance in the last thirty years, the Tigers are the only ancient eight team who has earned the reputation, as the only team that no one once to face in the first round. Why, because many teams still can’t figure out Carril’s offense, even when they run it. Personally, I hope the NCAA doesn’t break tradition and award the black and orange an at-large-bid…and here is the reason. A low seeding, and a quick one and done trip out in the midwest or west regional…Not to mention a noon or two oclock tip on thursday or friday. For a school who may be making the tourney for the first time, great fun and excitement…not so for Old Nassau. No, this year, give me a first round, and maybe second with a win, NIT home game at Jadwin. These young guns could make some noise, and go deep, and by deep, I mean a trip to the holy grail of arenas, the Garden ! So for the 22 – 6 Tigers, let’s start this in Princeton, and end it in the “Big Apple”. Now that’s fun ! Oh, and by the way, we’ll still be playing long after the Bulldogs make their long trek home back to New Haven…boola boola.

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