Ivy League officials are seriously considering creating an annual conference tournament for men’s basketball that would be in place in time for the 2016-17 season, multiple sources told CBS Sports on Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s definitely on the table,” one source said. “And it looks like it’s going to happen.”
A source told CBS Sports that Ivy League presidents are expected to vote on the issue later this month. The source added that he “wouldn’t call it a formality” but that he believes they’re “closer than [they’ve] ever been” to actually having a conference tournament. A different source told CBS Sports that, at this point, he’d be surprised if it doesn’t happen.
The Ivy League is the only conference in Division I that doesn’t already use a tournament to determine which member gets the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Sources told CBS Sports that Ivy League presidents have for years resisted the desire of most coaches within the league to add a conference tournament. But the opportunity to increase exposure for the league with, if nothing else, a conference tournament title game on a major network is now something with which the presidents seem mostly comfortable. Consequently, a source said, there’s momentum to add a conference tournament, and one source said a formal decision and announcement “could come soon.”
The Ivy League has been playing basketball since 1902.
The format of the presumed tournament isn’t settled yet, a source told CBS Sports. But there’s no guarantee it would include all eight schools, the source said.