ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell men's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the 2012 Ivy League Preseason media poll that was announced today. 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. 10 when Cornell plays host to Western Michigan.
Princeton, last year's league runner-up, was the near-unanimous preseason favorite, picking up 16 of the 17 first-place votes and 134 points total. Defending league champion Harvard picked up the lone remaining first place vote and was second with 109 points, while Columbia was selected third with 90 points. The Big Red rounded out the top half with 80 points.
Rounding out the field was Penn in fifth (74 points), Yale in sixth (55 points), Brown in seventh (50 points) and Dartmouth in eighth (20 points).
Two media members from each school and one national representative voted in the poll.
Third year head coach Bill Courtney helped the Big Red improve its win total overall and in Ivy League play in 2011-12, finishing 12-16 overall and 7-7 in conference action. Now Cornell returns 10 of its 12 leading scorers from a year ago and has been picked by many to challenge for its fourth Ivy League title in the last six seasons when the year begins.
2012-13 IVY LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)