Princeton trails Penn by two games with just five remaining for each team, so the Tigers’ only real shot at a share of the Ivy title involves winning out while hoping someone else can take down Penn, too. The Quakers’ magic number to clinch outright is four, so if Penn makes it through this weekend unscathed, Princeton’s title odds grow significantly longer, as Penn would have to lose two of its final three games. This week The 14-Game Tournament looks at the possible outcomes of this weekend’s action at Jadwin Gym and The Palestra.
Last month marked the beginning of the most unique playoff systems in all of Division I college basketball. One that challenges its competitors with postseason pressure from tip to buzzer from mid January to early March. The 14-Game Tournament. Yet the question persists: Should the Ivies follow the rest of Division I and institute a year-end conference tournament to determine which team will collect the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament?