PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its official preseason media poll for men’s basketball, and Penn has been picked second among the Ancient Eight. The media poll features two media members from each of the eight Ivy League institutions.
The Quakers received 110 voting points and were behind only defending champion Cornell, which garnered all 16 first-place votes and 128 voting points. Yale was picked third by the media pollsters (80 points), followed closely by Harvard (77) and Brown (75).
Under third-year head coach Glen Miller, Penn is looking to win a conference-record 26th Ivy League championship this season and its fourth title in the last five years. The Quakers return four starters from a year ago, featuring sophomore Tyler Bernardini who was last year’s Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year. However, they will have to replace Brian Grandieri, who graduated after leading the team in scoring and rebounding and earning second-team All-Ivy.
2008-09 Ivy Men's Baketball Preseason Media Poll
1. Cornell 128 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Penn 110
3. Yale 80
4. Harvard 77
5. Brown 75
6. Columbia 45
7. Dartmouth 33
8. Princeton 28