PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania was picked to finish fourth in the Ivy League's Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll, which came from the votes of two members of each school's media contingent as well as one national voter. After going 7-7 last year in Head Coach Jerome Allen's first full year at the helm, the Quakers received 90 voting points for the 2011-12 season.
Harvard, which went 12-2 and tied Princeton for last year's Ivy League title, is a near-unanimous pick to repeat. The Crimson received 135 voting points and 16 of the 17 first-place votes. Yale and Princeton each received 103 voting points and split the pick for second place, although the Bulldogs -- who went 8-6 last year to finish third -- received the lone first-place vote.
There was a sizable gap between fourth-place Penn and fifth-place Brown in the poll; the Bears received 62 points, followed closely by Cornell (52) and Columbia (50). Dartmouth was a unanimous pick to finish last (17 points).
Penn returns three starters and 10 letterwinners overall from last year, headlined by two-time first-team All-Ivy selection Zack Rosen and 2007-08 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Tyler Bernardini. The Red and Blue will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 11 at UMBC, with the home opener coming three days later against Big 5 rival Temple. The Quakers begin Ivy League play the weekend of Jan. 13-14 at Columbia and Cornell.
Ivy League Preseason Poll
School, points (first-place votes)
1. Harvard, 135 points (16)
2. Yale, 103 (1)
4. Penn, 90
5. Brown, 62
6. Cornell, 52
7. Columbia, 50
8. Dartmouth, 17