Bulldogs Picked Third In Ivy League Preseason Media Poll

Jesse Pritchard. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jesse Pritchard. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Has Finished Higher Than Projected In Six Of Last Eight Years

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale closed out last season by winning seven of its last 10 games. With the majority of that team returning, expectations are high for 2013-14 around Lee Amphitheater. It would seem the media agrees. The Bulldogs were picked to finish third in the annual Ivy League Preseason poll.

"We are more of a veteran team this year," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We have a number of players that made an impact last year and hopefully we can improve on what we did at the end of the season."

Yale has finished higher than projected in six of the last eight years, including last season when they were picked sixth and finished third.

Harvard is the preseason favorite.  The Crimson, which won the Ivy title last season and upset New Mexico in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, received all 17 first-place votes from the select panel of media representatives.

Penn is projected to finish second. The Quakers, who were 9-22 overall last year and 6-8 in Ivy play, had 100 points in the poll, four more than Yale.

Princeton was fourth with 93 points, followed by Brown (74), Cornell (38), Dartmouth (38) and Columbia (37).

Yale, which has finished in the top half of the Ivy standings in each of the last 13 years, returns five of the top six scorers from last year's team that finished 14-17 overall and 8-6 in league play.

The Bulldogs open the season on Nov. 9 against Central Connecticut in the Connecticut 6 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity