Men's Basketball Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll

PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has released its 2010-11 Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll, and the Penn men have been picked to finish fourth. The Quakers received 89 voting points in the poll, which came from the votes of two members of each school's media contingent as well as one national voter.

Princeton, which went 11-3 and finished second to Cornell a year ago, has been voted to win this year's title. The Tigers received 128 voting points and 12 of the 17 first-place votes. Harvard, which went 10-4 and took third a year ago, has been picked to finish second; the Crimson had 120 points and four first-place votes. Cornell, the three-time defending Ivy champion, received the final first-place vote and had 96 points in the poll.

There was a sizable gap between fourth-place Penn and fifth-place Yale in the poll; the Bulldogs received 57 points, followed closely by Brown (55) and Columbia (48). Dartmouth was picked to finish last (19 points).

Under Jerome Allen -- who enters his first full season after leading the program as interim head coach for the final 21 games a year ago -- Penn returns three All-Ivy players including junior guard Zack Rosen who was a unanimous first-team selection a year ago. Jack Eggleston was a second-team All-Ivy pick in 2009-10, while Tyler Bernardini returns to action after missing almost all of last year to injury. He was an honorable mention All-Ivy pick in 2008-09 and the Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year in 2007-08.

Penn opens the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 13 when Davidson comes to The Palestra. Tipoff between the Quakers and Wildcats will be 7 p.m.

2010-11 Ivy League Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
1. Princeton, 128 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Harvard, 120 (4)
3. Cornell, 96 (1)
4. Penn, 89
5. Yale, 57
6. Brown, 55
7. Columbia, 48
8. Dartmouth, 19