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.