PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced the results of voting from its 17-member media group, and the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team is picked to finish seventh in the Ancient Eight in the League's official preseason poll.
The poll is voted on by two media members representing each of the Ivy League institutions, and one national media member.
Penn garnered 48 voting points, putting the Quakers well ahead of Cornell (25 points) and just behind Brown (54) and Dartmouth (50).
For the first time in the history of the Ivy League preseason poll, which dates to 1985-86, the team that finished with the most voting points did NOT also end up with the most first-place votes. In fact, Yale -- which gained first place via its point total -- finished third in first-place votes, with five of the 17. That put the Bulldogs behind Columbia and Princeton, both of whom garnered six first-place votes but finished second and third, respectively, in voting points. A mere nine points separated Yale (117), Columbia (114) and Princeton (108) at the top. Defending champion Harvard was picked fourth, with 96 voting points.
Penn opens its season on Friday, Nov. 13, when Robert Morris (coached by former Quakers player Andrew Toole) comes to The Palestra for the first half of a men's/women's doubleheader that tips off at 5:30 p.m. (The Penn women host national power Duke in the second game.) Penn's Ivy League opener comes on Saturday, Jan. 9 when the Red and Blue host Princeton at The Palestra.
2015-16 IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
Team, Voting Points (First-Place Votes)
1. Yale, 117 (5)
2. Columbia, 114 (6)
3. Princeton, 108 (6)
4. Harvard, 96
5. Brown, 54
6. Dartmouth, 50
7. Penn, 48
8. Cornell, 25