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Men’s Basketball Picked to Repeat as Ivy League Champions

Men’s Basketball Picked to Repeat as Ivy League Champions

Harvard won its sixth Ivy League championship in 2017-18 (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – With the start of the 2018-19 men's basketball season just a few weeks away, Harvard was picked first in the preseason media poll, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Harvard picked up 12 of 18 first place votes, edging second-place Penn by 15 points and third-place Yale by 22 points. The 18 media members chose Princeton as the fourth team to make the third-annual Ivy League tournament, followed by Brown, Cornell, Columbia and Dartmouth.

The Crimson has won six of the last eight Ivy League championships, and returns 99.4 percent of its scoring from a year ago, which is the second-most nationally. Harvard was the top seed in the Ivy League tournament a year ago, and made the program's second-ever berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Harvard returns all three All-Ivy selections from 2018 in Seth Towns, Chris Lewis and Justin Bassey, with Towns also earning Associated Press and Lou Henson All-America honors. Tommy Amaker leads the program in his 12th season as the Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, and the Crimson will open the 2018-19 campaign at home against MIT Nov. 6.

2018-19 IVY LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON MEDIA POLL
First-place votes in parentheses

Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

School
Harvard (12)
Penn (5)
Yale (1)
Princeton
Brown
Cornell
Columbia
Dartmouth

Points
137
122
115
92
64
54
43
21

 

 

 

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