If you’ve ever wondered why there isn’t an Ivy League playoffs for, say, men’s and women’s basketball, wonder no more. In the past, both the men’s and women’s teams in the Ivy League compete in what is termed a double round-robin schedule. That means that each team plays each Ivy League college twice over the course of the season. As an example, Princeton faces Columbia two times each year. So if the Tigers fall in their first matchup, they’ve got an opportunity to even the season series against the Lions.
Recently, however, the Ivy League athletic directors met and one of the items on the agenda was to decide if the Ivy League should have a playoffs like many other leagues such as the ACC or Big East. How exciting! But alas the athletic directors decided to maintain the status quo — to keep the system that is currently in place for the foreseeable future. If there ever an Ivy League playoff? Yes, it happens quite a bit. But it’s a one game playoff in the event of a statistical tie in the standings. The winner of the one game playoff earns the right to advance as the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Do you think this was a bad decision on the part of the Ivy League athletic directors? Do you think there should be an Ivy League playoffs in men’s and women’s basketball? Let us know your thoughts on the subject by posting below! And, while you’re here, which Ivy League school do you think will receive the men’s and women’s automatic bids next year to March Madness? We’re curious to hear your projections.