Bulldogs Picked Fifth In Ivy League Preseason Media Poll

Porter Braswell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Porter Braswell. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Opens Season On Nov 13 Against Quinnipiac In Connecticut 6 Classic

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's basketball team is about halfway through its preseason preparation for the Nov. 13 season opener against Quinnipiac. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs learned a little bit about how outsiders view the upcoming year when they were picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League by the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. Yale, though, shouldn't put too much stock in those prognostications. The Bulldogs have finished higher than projected in four of the last five years.

Yale, which has been fourth or better in the Ivy League in each of the last 10 years, plays the Bobcats at 8 p.m. in the final game of the Connecticut 6 Classic tripleheader at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

"We have a good mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen, but we have a lot to prove individually and as a team," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's basketball, during Wednesday's media conference call.

Princeton, which received 12 of 17 first-place votes, is the preseason Ivy League favorite. The Tigers return their top five scorers and top two rebounders. Harvard got four first-place votes and is second followed by Cornell (one first-place vote) and Penn. Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth round out the poll.

Seniors Michael Sands and Porter Braswell are returning starters from last year's Yale team that finished 12-19 overall and 6-8 in the Ivy play. Sands, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last year, has earned preseason All-Ivy recognition from both Rivals.com and the Lindy's Sports Annual.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity