Ivy League cancels basketball tournament after Penn fought to get in

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Ivy League cancels basketball tournament after Penn fought to get in

The Ivy League has cancelled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments “in accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals to discourage and limit large gatherings on campuses in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation,” the league announced Tuesday.

The Yale men and Princeton women’s teams — regular-season champions in the Ivy League — will automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

The Penn men’s team was slated to be the fourth seed in the four-team tournament, having clinched a spot with three straight wins. Senior AJ Brodeur broke the school’s all-time scoring record and recorded the first triple-double in program history Saturday in Penn’s win over Columbia.

The Quaker women had a 20-7 regular-season mark, 10-4 in conference, and would have been the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League Tournament. The Princeton women’s team is 26-1 and was ranked No. 22 in the latest AP poll. 

“We understand and share the disappointment with student-athletes, coaches and fans who will not be able to participate in these tournaments,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in a press release. “Regrettably, the information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision.”

Additionally, according to the release, “the League is also implementing highly-restrictive, in-venue spectator limitations for all other upcoming campus athletics events. The League is also canceling all out-of-season practices and competitions.”

Harvard, which was set to host the tournament, will move all courses online after March 23 because of the coronavirus outbreak and is asking students not to return after Spring Break, the University announced on Tuesday morning.

All tickets for the tournament will be refunded. 

“Following a number of league-wide discussions throughout the last several weeks, we have decided to exercise caution in the interest of student-athletes, fans and the general community,” Harris said. 

Penn takes down Brown to clinch final berth in Ivy League Tournament

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Penn takes down Brown to clinch final berth in Ivy League Tournament

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Devon Goodman, AJ Brodeur and Jake Silpe scored all but five of Penn's points as the Quakers completed their first weekend sweep of the Ivy League season, defeating Brown 58-51 on Saturday night in the Palestra to claim the final berth in the league tournament.

Penn (19-11, 7-7) is defending champion in the Ivy League Tournament but needed to beat Brown in order to return. The Quakers scored eight unanswered points to open the second half, breaking a 27-27 halftime tie, and led the rest of the way.

Brodeur scored two layups, Goodman and Max Rothschild added the other baskets in the game-changing burst.

Rothschild scored just two points but added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Penn had a dozen steals as Brown committed 22 turnovers, resulting in 21 points for Penn.

Desmond Cambridge led the Bears (19-11, 7-7) with 13 points. Joshua Howard and Tamenang Choh scored 10 apiece and Choh had nine rebounds.

Brown was 17 of 50 shooting to Penn's 24 of 60.

Penn defeat Yale 77-66 on Friday night.

Penn beats Yale to keep Ivy League Tournament hopes alive

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Penn beats Yale to keep Ivy League Tournament hopes alive

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AJ Brodeur scored 24 points as Penn defeated Yale 77-66 on Friday night. Antonio Woods added 22 points for the Quakers.

Devon Goodman had 14 points and six rebounds for Penn (18-11, 6-7 Ivy League). Jarrod Simmons added seven rebounds.

Alex Copeland had 19 points for the Bulldogs (19-7, 9-4). Blake Reynolds added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Miye Oni was held to 2 points despite entering the matchup as the Bulldogs' leading scorer at 18 points per game. He failed to make a shot from behind the arc (0 of 4).

The Quakers leveled the season series against the Bulldogs with the win. Yale defeated Penn 78-65 on Feb. 9. Penn finishes out the regular season against Brown at home on Saturday. Yale finishes out the regular season against Princeton on the road on Saturday.