PRINCETON, N.J. -- Powered by returning its top five scorers and top two rebounders, Princeton was voted as the preseason pick to win the 2010-11 Ivy League men's basketball title.
Already the preseason choice by Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's Sports Annuals and Rivals.com, Princeton received 12 first-place votes, totaling 128 points, from the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. This marked the first time the Tigers were selected as the preseason choice by the Ivy media since prior to the 2004-05 season.
Princeton (22-9, 11-3 Ivy League) will be relying on experience to drive its run to a 26th Ivy title, led by its veteran backcourt of junior Douglas Davis and senior Dan Mavraides. Davis (12.7 points per game) and Mavraides (11.5 ppg) are the Tigers' top two scorers from last season and are among the top six returning scorers in the League. With sophomore forward Ian Hummer (6.9 ppg), senior forward Kareem Maddox (6.2 ppg) and junior forward Patrick Saunders (5.1 ppg) in the frontcourt, Princeton is poised to end Cornell's three-year championship run.
Finishing second in the voting with 120 points and four first-place votes, Harvard (21-8, 10-4 Ivy) is hoping to live up to its preseason hype to accomplish a program first -- win its first League championship and make its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Crimson will have to achieve this feat without the services of Jeremy Lin, now playing for the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Sophomore forward Kyle Casey, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, will be leading the Crimson's quest as the team's leading returning scorer (10.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.2 rpg).
Cornell (29-5, 14-1 Ivy) was not voted as the preseason selection for the first time in three years, but did receive one first-place vote and finished third in the balloting with 96 points. Cornell will not give up its stranglehold of the Ivy trophy easily; however, first-year head coach Bill Courtney does have the daunting task of replacing the Big Red's own version of the "Big 3" --- Louis Dale, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman. Junior guard Chris Wroblewski, Cornell's top returning scorer (8.9 ppg), will take over as the face of the team's starting five and will receive plenty of help from experienced frontcourt mates in sophomore forward Errick Peck, senior forward Adam Wire and senior forward/center Mark Coury.
Penn (6-22, 5-9 Ivy) may a preseason dark horse as a contender for the Ivy crown, voted fourth with 89 points, but boasts the only returning first-team All-Ivy player from a year ago in junior guard Zack Rosen. The League's leading returning scorer at 17.7 points per game, Rosen will lead a talented Quakers squad along with seniors forward Jack Eggleston and forward/center Conor Turley, under the direction of head coach Jerome Allen, who had the interim tag removed after leading Penn to its six wins over the second half of the 2009-10 season.
Rounding out the second half of the 2010-11 preseason media poll were Yale (57 points), Brown (55 points), Columbia (48 points) and Dartmouth (18 points).
Yale (12-19, 6-8 Ivy) will be relying on its frontcourt duo of senior forward Michael Sands and junior forward Greg Mangano to lead the Bulldogs to improve on their fourth-place finish last season. Brown (11-20, 5-9 Ivy) returns four starters in the brothers Sullivan -- senior forward Peter and sophomore guard Matt -- along with senior guard Garrett Leffelman and sophomore forward Tucker Halpern. Columbia (11-17, 5-9 Ivy) will be led by first-year head coach Kyle Smith on the sidelines and the sharp-shooting Noruwa Agho, a junior guard who averaged 16.3 points per game for the Lions last year, on the court. Dartmouth (5-23, 1-13) has a familiar face back in its head coaching position as Paul Cormier has returned to take over a Big Green team that will feature by senior guard Ronnie Dixon.
2010-11 IVY LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
First-Place Votes in Parentheses
|1.||Princeton (12) ||128|
|2.||Harvard (4) ||120|
|3.||Cornell (1) ||96|