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October 23, 2013

Harvard Holds Top Spot as Preseason Pick in Men's Basketball

Preseason Media Teleconference | Preseason Honors

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- There is no question which team the preseason prognosticators feel will win the 2013-14 Ivy League men's basketball title as Harvard received all 17 first-place votes (136 points) from a select panel of media representatives to finish the year atop the Ancient Eight for a fourth-straight year.

Harvard (20-10, 11-3 Ivy League in 2012-13) enters the season as the preseason favorite for the second time since the poll began prior to the 1985-86 season and is the first team to get all available first-place votes since Cornell did so going into the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

The Crimson has garnered a wealth of preseason buzz coming off a third-straight Ivy title season and its upset over New Mexico in the second round of last year's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Head coach Tommy Amaker has a talented squad returning for another title run with junior guard/forward Wesley Saunders (16.2 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game in 2012-13) and sophomore guard Siyani Chambers (12.4 ppg, 5.7 apg) to go along with seniors Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry, who sat out last season.

Penn (9-22, 6-8 Ivy), selected second with 100 points, looks to lead a host of teams poised to dethrone the reigning champion. The Quakers will rely on their 1-2 punch in the backcourt of senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright (13.5 ppg, 3 .8 apg) and sophomore Tony Hicks (10.4 ppg, 2.0 apg) and senior forward Fran Doughtery in the frontcourt (13.8 ppg in only 12 games last season).

Finishing third with 96 points, Yale (14-17, 8-6 Ivy) has solid talent throughout its lineup, paced by sophomore forward Justin Sears (9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg), junior guard Javier Durien (7.7 ppg, 2.6 apg) and junior forward Matt Townsend (7.7 ppg), 4.0 rpg) to make a run for the League crown.

Princeton (17-11, 10-4 Ivy) rounded out the top half of the poll in fourth place with 93 points. The Tigers have four starters back, led by senior forward Will Barrett (9.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), senior guard T.J. Bray (9.9 ppg, 3.6 apg) and junior forward Denton Koon (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

The second half of the poll had Brown (13-15, 7-7 Ivy) in fifth with 74 points, Cornell (13-18, 5-9 Ivy) and Dartmouth (9-19, 5-9 Ivy) tied for sixth with 38 points apiece and Columbia (12-16, 4-10 Ivy) is eighth with 37 points.

2013-14 IVY LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank School Points
1. Harvard (17)
136
2. Penn
100
3.
Yale
96
4. Princeton 93
5. Brown 74
6. Cornell 38
  Dartmouth 38
8. Columbia 37