PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2011-12 season marks the 56th official season of Ivy League men's basketball with all eight Ivy teams tipping off over the opening weekend.
The 2011-12 season sets up to be an exciting one in the Ancient Eight as the Player of the Year and four of the five players on each of the first and second teams earning All-Ivy honors return for their respective teams for the upcoming season.
Harvard, the unanimous preseason pick to win Ivy title this season, returns 12 players from last year's record-setting team that won a share of its first-ever League title. The Crimson is led by senior co-captain and reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Keith Wright, who has been honored on every preseason All-Ivy team, tabbed by several media outlets as the preseason choice to repeat as Player of the Year and named to the preseason lists for the John R. Wooden and Lou Henson awards.
Yale will be led by senior forward Greg Mangano, who became just the third Yale player and sixth Ivy League player to earn a spot on a USA Basketball roster when he played in the 2011 World University Games this summer. Mangano averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in six tournament games for a USA team that finished fifth.
Coming off its League-leading 26th Ivy title and 24th NCAA Tournament appearance, Princeton returns four starters that include junior center Brendan Connolly, senior guard Douglas Davis, junior forward Ian Hummer and senior forward Patrick Saunders.
Penn has three starters and 10 letterwinners overall back from last year, headlined by senior guards Zack Rosen, a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection, and Tyler Bernardini, the 2007-08 Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
Brown features the reigning unanimous Rookie of the Year in sophomore guard Sean McGonagill, who tickled the twine often for the Bears in his rookie season, averaging 11.8 points per game.
Cornell sports four returning starters, led by senior guard Chris Wroblewski, on a squad that won six of its final nine contests, including a sweep of Penn and a win over Yale.
Columbia boasts the League's top returning scorer in senior guard Noruwa Agho, who averaged 16.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 2010-11.
Dartmouth has its hopes on moving up the Ivy standings on a young team supported by six freshmen and senior guard/forward David Rufful, who has played in every game (66) since arriving on campus.
Friday, November 11
Johnson & Wales at Brown, 5 pm
Columbia at Connecticut, 7 pm [ESPNU]
Cornell at St. Bonaventure, 7 pm
MIT at Harvard, 7 pm
Dartmouth at Rutgers, 7:30 pm
Penn at Maryland-Baltimore County, 7:30 pm
1-Yale vs. Central Connecticut State, 8 pm
Saturday, November 12
Wagner at Princeton, 5 pm
1-Connecticut 6 Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)