PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has released its 2009-10 Preseason Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll, and the Penn men are picked to finish third behind two-time defending champion Cornell and Princeton.
The Quakers received 92 voting points from the poll, which had two voters represent each school's media contingent. The Big Red received all 16 first-place votes for a maximum 128 points, while the Tigers were just ahead of Penn with 96 points. Harvard rounds out the top half of the selections; the Crimson were picked fourth, with 86 voting points.
Rounding out the bottom half of the poll was 2008-09 runner-up Yale (13-15, 8-6), followed by Columbia (13-15, 7-7), Brown (9-19, 3-11) and Dartmouth (9-19, 7-7).
Under fourth-year head coach Glen Miller, Penn returns its leading scorer from last year in Tyler Bernardini (13.7 ppg), its leading rebounder in junior Jack Eggleston (5.9 rpg), and the Ivy League's top assist and assist/turnover ratio man in sophomore point guard Zack Rosen. Overall, the Quakers return 55.5 percent of their scoring from a year ago.
Penn opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 13 at defending NIT champion Penn State. The Quakers' home opener comes Saturday, Nov. 21, when they host Delaware at 7 p.m.2009-10 Ivy League Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
1. Cornell - 128 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Princeton - 96
3. Penn - 92
4. Harvard - 86
5. Yale - 59
6. Columbia - 55
7. Brown - 41
8. Dartmouth - 19