October 21, 2008

Bulldogs Picked Third In Ivy League Preseason Media Poll

Oct. 21, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the Ivy League preseason media poll, released today during a media teleconference. Defending champion Cornell was the unanimous first-place selection. The Big Red return four starters and four All-Ivy picks from a team that went undefeated in league play last year.

Penn was picked second. Harvard was fourth followed by Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Princeton.

The Bulldogs, who finished 13-15 overall and 7-7 in Ivy play last year, lost four players to graduation, but return a pair of second team All-Ivy selections in seniors Ross Morin and Travis Pinick.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We'll have a lot of different faces in the lineup, but we have some good players returning and some good freshmen. Putting it all together will be the challenge over the next few weeks."

Yale opens the season on Nov. 14 against Stanford at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

2008-09 Ivy League Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll

1. Cornell - 128 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Penn - 110
3. Yale - 80
4. Harvard - 77
5. Brown - 75
6. Columbia - 45
7. Dartmouth - 33
8. Princeton - 28

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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity