PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you win the regular season, you go to the NCAA Tournament. That’s the way it has always been when it came to Ivy League basketball.
Not any more.READ MORE: Pedestrian Struck Near Ben Franklin Bridge In Camden, New Jersey
For the first time ever, the top four teams in the Ivy League will compete in a double-header four-team tournament at the Palestra, with the winner earning an automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
That means, despite a 6-8 conference record, the Penn Quakers are just two wins away from reaching the dance. On the flip side, the Quakers’ next opponent — the Princeton Tigers — have not yet earned a bid despite a perfect 14-0 conference record and 17 straight wins.
ESPN’s Bracketologist Joe Lunardi currently has Princeton reaching the tourney as a No. 13 seed.READ MORE: 1-Year-Old, 12-Year-Old Injured In Nicetown House Fire
No. 4 Penn will take on No. 1 Princeton on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the first semifinals game, while No. 2 Harvard faces No. 3 Yale at 4:00 p.m. The winners facing off in the Ivy League Championship game Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
All three games will take place at the Palestra.
“Our coaches have been wanting this for years,” Ivy League executive director Robin Harris told NCAA.com. “And I think in part they were reflecting what they know their student-athletes want.”MORE NEWS: Clementon Park And Splash World Reopening Friday For First Time In Nearly 2 Years
You can get tickets to the Ivy League Tournament here.