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2018 Ivy League Basketball Tournaments to Return to The Palestra

2018 Ivy League Basketball Tournaments to Return to The Palestra

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League Athletic Directors have announced that the 2018 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will take place at The Palestra in Philadelphia.

Ivy Madness will be held March 10-11, with the top four men’s and women’s teams competing for the right to represent the Ivy League in the NCAA Basketball Championships. The 2018 Ivy tournaments will be featured on the ESPN family of networks. Ticket and specific broadcast information will be announced at a later date.         

“The Inaugural Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments were an unequivocal success,” said Executive Director Robin Harris. “We featured the tremendous talent of our basketball student-athletes in an electric atmosphere, and we look forward to an even better event in 2018.” 

The 2017 basketball tournament titles were won by the top seeds, with the Princeton men’s team and the Penn’s women team earning the right to represent the League in the NCAA tournaments. The Ivy League has a long history of success in the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, including winning six games over the last eight years.

The site for the 2019 Ivy tournaments will be determined at a later date as the League continues to explore various locations. 


The Ivy League is the most diverse intercollegiate conference in the country with more than 8,000 student-athletes competing each year. Sponsoring conference championships in 33 men's and women's sports and averaging more than 35 varsity teams at each school, the Ivy League provides more intercollegiate athletic opportunities per school than any other conference in the country. All eight Ivy schools are among the top 20 of NCAA Division I schools in number of sports offered for both men and women and enjoy regular competitive success at the highest championship levels of NCAA Division I athletics.

The League’s schools -- Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale -- share a rich history of success and influence in college athletics, dating back to the origins of intercollegiate competition. Ivy League institutions have won 287 team national championships and 579 individual national championships since intercollegiate competition began. The Ivy League conference was formally established in 1954, based on the mutual agreement that intercollegiate athletics competition should be "kept in harmony with the essential educational purposes of the institution." For more information, please visit