PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the Ivy League’s Preseason Media Poll, which came from the votes of two members of each school’s media contingent in addition to one national voter. The poll was announced today.
Princeton, which was runner-up to Yale by a game last year, received 12 of the 17 first-place votes and was picked to win the title with 130 total voting points. Harvard was picked second by the panel, receiving the five remaining first-place votes and 123 points. The defending champion Bulldogs were picked third, with 101 points, while Penn was fourth with 72 points. Columbia (61), Dartmouth (48), Cornell (42) and Brown (35) were picked to finish in the bottom half.
This year, of course, marks the first time the Ivy League will hold a postseason tournament in men's basketball. The top four teams in the regular-season standings will meet at The Palestra the weekend of March 11-12 to determine the Ancient Eight’s NCAA Tournament bid.
In its second season under John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball Steve Donahue, Penn opens the 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 11 at Robert Morris. (The Colonials are coached by former Penn player Andrew Toole.) The Quakers’ Ivy League opener is on Saturday, Jan. 7 when the Quakers travel to Princeton.
2016-17 Ivy League Men’s Basketball Preseason Media Poll
1. Princeton, 130 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Harvard, 123 (5)
3. Yale, 101
4. Penn, 72
5. Columbia, 61
6. Dartmouth, 48
7. Cornell, 42
8. Brown, 35