PHILADELPHIA – The schedule has been set for the inaugural Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, which will take place March 11-12 at The Palestra. In addition, the Ivy League has announced that all six games that weekend will be showcased live through a partnership with ESPN.
“We are incredibly excited to feature our inaugural Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments on the ESPN family of networks,” said Executive Director Robin Harris. “ESPN gives us the opportunity to showcase our student-athletes and their accomplishments on the national stage during Championship Week, when the country focuses on college basketball.”
All three men’s games will be nationally televised. The first men’s semifinal game on Saturday will start at 1:30 p.m., followed by the second at 4 p.m., and both will air live on ESPNU. The men’s championship game on Sunday will tip off at noon and air live on ESPN2.
All three women’s games will be live on ESPN platforms, with the championship game being nationally televised. On Saturday, the first women’s semifinal will start at 11 a.m., while the second semifinal will start at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be live on ESPN3 with a tape-delay showing on ESPNU. ESPNU will then carry the women’s championship game live, which is slated for Sunday at 4 p.m.
All six games during the weekend will also be available on WatchESPN and the ESPN App.
The agreement is the culmination of a collaborative effort between JMI Sports and Lagardere SE.
The men’s and women’s tournament winners will receive the League's automatic bids to the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, where the Ivy League has won six games over the last seven years.
On Friday, March 10, the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) will have full coverage from Philadelphia. “Live from the Palestra” will feature a look into each team’s open shootaround, a conversation with each participating head coach and select student-athletes, as well as special guests and full previews for both tournaments.
2017 Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments Schedule
Saturday, March 11
Game 1 - Women’s Semifinal (seed 1 vs. seed 4), 11 a.m. (ESPN3, tape delay ESPNU)
Game 2 - Men’s Semifinal (seed 1 vs. seed 4), 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 3 - Men’s Semifinal (seed 2 vs. seed 3), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 4 - Women’s Semifinal (seed 2 vs. seed 3), 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3, tape delay ESPNU)
Sunday, March 12
Game 5 - Men’s Championship (winner of Game 2 vs. winner of Game 3), noon (ESPN2)
Game 6 - Women’s Championship (winner of Game 1 vs. winner of Game 4), 4 p.m. (ESPNU)