Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Preseason Ivy League Media Poll Announced

The Ivy League Office announced the results of the Preseason Ivy League Media Poll. Below are excerpts of news releases from various school SIDs and news reports covering the poll:

Ivy League Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
1. Harvard (16 first-place votes), 135 poll points
2. Yale (one first-place vote), 103 points
2. Princeton, 103 points
4. Penn, 90 points
5. Brown, 62 points
6. Cornell, 52 points
7. Columbia, 50 points
8. Dartmouth, 17 points
  • From the Harvard Athletics news release on the Preseason Ivy League Media Poll, "The Crimson earned 16 of the 17 first-place votes in the poll. Yale received one first-place vote and tied for second in the poll with Princeton. Rounding out the poll are Penn, Brown, Cornell, Columbia and Dartmouth."
  • From the Columbia Athletics news release on the Preseason Ivy League Media Poll, "The Ivy League released its 2011-12 men's basketball preseason poll on Wednesday and the Lions were seventh in the poll. "
  • From the Dartmouth Athletics news release on the Preseason Ivy League Media Poll, "Dartmouth, coming off a second straight 5-23 season and 1-13 record in league play, was tabbed for eighth place."
  • From the Penn Athletics news release on the Preseason Ivy League Media Poll, "There was a sizable gap between fourth-place Penn and fifth-place Brown in the poll; the Bears received 62 points, followed closely by Cornell (52) and Columbia (50). Dartmouth was a unanimous pick to finish last (17 points)."
  • From the Princeton Athletics news release on the Preseason Ivy League Media Poll, "Despite the losses of [Kareem] Maddox and [Dan] Mavraides to graduation, Princeton returns plenty to the 2011-12 team."
  • From the Yale Athletics news release on the Preseason Ivy League Media Poll, "Over the years, the Yale men's basketball team has consistently finished higher than the Ivy League preseason media poll has projected. If that's the case again in 2011-12, it will be a memorable season for the Bulldogs."
  • From USA Today, "On Wednesday's preseason media teleconference, Harvard coach Tommy Amaker said he expect this year's league to be as tough as it has been in recent years. Other coaches echoed that sentiment."
  • From the Trenton Times, "In the past 10 years the Ivy championship has been won or shared by Princeton, Penn, Yale, Cornell or Harvard. Times seem to be changing. In a media poll released by the Ivy League office yesterday, Harvard received 16 of 17 first-place votes as this year’s favorite. Yale had the other first-place vote and tied Princeton for second place. Penn, which has won 25 Ivy titles, was picked fourth. Brown, which won its only Ivy championship 25 years ago, was fifth. Cornell, which won three straight titles just a few years ago which included a run to the Sweet Sixteen, was sixth. Columbia was close behind Cornell at seven, while Dartmouth finished with so few votes it apparently won’t finish the season until next summer. Princeton is coming off its 26th Ivy League title, having beaten out Harvard in a one-game playoff when they tied for the regular season at 12-2. Yale, Penn, Cornell and Columbia all finished within two games of each other in last year’s standings."

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell men's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the 2011-12 Ivy League preseason media poll on Wednesday afternoon. Big Red head coach Bill Courtney and the seven other head coaches spent the morning on a media conference call previewing the teams and the upcoming season, which begins on Nov. 11 when Cornell visits St. Bonaventure.

Last year's league co-champion, Harvard, was the near-unanimous preseason favorite, picking up 16 of the 17 first-place votes and 135 points total. Yale, which picked up the other first-place vote, and defending league co-champion Princeton sit in a second place tie with 103 points. Penn was picked fourth with 90 points.

Rounding out the field was Brown in fifth (62 points), Cornell in sixth (52 points), Columbia in seventh (50 points) and Dartmouth in eighth (17 points).

Two media members from each school and one national representative voted in the poll.

Cornell, in its second year under Courtney, returns four starters and 11 letter winners from last season's 10-18 squad that placed fifth in the Ivy League. The Big Red won six of its final nine contests, including a sweep of Penn and a win over Yale. That team lost 10 contests by five points or less, including games to eventual NCAA tournament teams Boston University and Princeton, nationally ranked Minnesota and postseason qualifier St. Bonaventure. Included among the team's victories was one over Big South champion and NCAA tournament participant Wofford.

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to find the writer who voted for Yale in order to propose a wager.

Anonymous said...

i would like to check the academic records and class attendance of the harvard team!