Men's Basketball Tabbed Second in Ivy League Media Poll

Ivy League Release

Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the 2004-05 Preseason Ivy League Media Poll. Defending champion Princeton was tabbed the favorite, while Yale received the third-most votes.

Penn received 111 votes including one first-place tally. Princeton led with 125 votes and 14 No. 1 picks. Yale received the third-most votes at 85, while Brown, who was picked to finish fourth (83), grabbed the final first-place vote.

Columbia landed in the fifth spot with 62 votes, followed by Cornell (54), Harvard (37) and Dartmouth (19).

With the loss of three starters to graduation, the Quakers will have to do some shuffling in the line-up to find the right cast to lead them to an Ivy crown. Two-time All-Ivy League honoree Tim Begley will spearhead this squad with the help of sophomore standouts Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller.

The Quakers tip off on Nov. 16 against Quinnipiac in the Preseason NIT. Penn opens the Ivy League season on Jan. 28 against Yale in The Palstra.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.