Princeton men win inaugural Ivy League basketball tournament, head to NCAA tournament

March 13, 2017 11:20 a.m.

The Princeton men's basketball team won the first Ivy League championship tournament Sunday, earning an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers, seeded 12th in the NCAA West bracket, will play fifth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round Thursday.

For the Ivy title, Princeton defeated Penn 72-64 in overtime in a semi-final game Saturday at the Palestra in Philadelphia. They defeated Yale 71-59 on Sunday in the championship game, the first in league history. In prior years, the team with the best record in conference play received the bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Tigers went undefeated in conference play this year and carry a 19-game winning streak as they make their first appearance at the NCAA tourney since 2011 and their 25th overall.

The game against Notre Dame is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. EDT Thursday in Buffalo, New York, and will be televised on the CBS network.

Princeton has faced Notre Dame three times, twice in South Bend, Indiana, and once at Jadwin Gym, where the Tigers upset the No. 2-ranked Irish 76-62 on Jan. 3, 1977. The Irish won the others, 35-22 on Dec. 31, 1927, and 80-66 on Dec. 7, 1974.

The Princeton women's basketball team made it to the finals of the Ivy League tournament Sunday, falling 57-48 to the University of Pennsylvania at the Palestra. While Penn advances to the NCAA tournament, the Princeton women will learn later today if they receive a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Also over the weekend, Allison Harrris placed 7th in the pole vault and Adam Kelly placed 10th in the weight throw at the NCAA indoor track and field championships held at Texas A&M University. The men's hockey team lost to Union College in the quarterfinals of the ECAC hockey tournament.

The wrestlng team is sending a University record seven wrestlers to the NCAA wrestling championships this week in St. Louis.

Members of the Ivy League champion men's and women's fencing teams will learn Tuesday who is selected to compete at the NCAA championships in Indianapolis later this month.