October 23, 2008

Red Tops Preseason Basketball Polls

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The media have spoken — the league office released the 2008-09 preseason poll results Tuesday morning. Garnering 128 points off of 16 first-place votes, the men’s basketball team is the unanimous choice to win the Ivy League title for the second year in a row.
Perennial title contender Penn is the Red’s closest competition, with 110 points putting the Quakers in second place at the end of the season. Rounding out the men’s basketball media predictions are Yale, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Princeton.
The preseason women’s basketball media poll results were also released on Tuesday, and the same three teams as last year are supposed to end up at the top of the standings. The Red, which ended the 2007-08 season in a three-way tie with Harvard and Dartmouth, are picked to finish third this year to No. 1 Harvard and No. 2 Dartmouth. Cornell received three votes for first place (out of 17 possible votes). The remaining Ivy squads from No. 4 to No. 8 are Yale, Columbia, Penn, Princeton and Brown, respectively.