Ivy League cancels Ivy Madness

As Yale heads into next week’s NCAA basketball tournament, things don’t always go to plan.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WLNE) — As Yale heads into next week’s NCAA basketball tournament, things don’t always go to plan.

Due to the Ivy League Presidents’ decision to cancel this weekend’s Ivy Madness tournaments at Harvard, both the Yale men’s team and Princeton women’s team were awarded automatic berths into the NCAA.

“With the health of students as well as the campus and the general community in mind, the Ivy League Presidents have decided to cancel the upcoming Ivy League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments,” the league said in a statement.

Considering the continue spread of COVID-19 throughout the states, the decision was made through working with the guidance of public health and medical professionals who are discoursing the limitation of large gatherings on campuses.

“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. “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.”

Yale won the regular season crown with an 11-3 record. Harvard (10-4), Princeton (9-5) and Penn (8-6) were the other teams that qualified for the post-season playoffs.

Other post-season games may still take place for the winter term.

Any attendees at all other upcoming campus athletic events should prepare for extremely restrictive, in-venue spectator limitations. In addition, all out of season practices and competitions have been cancelled.

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