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The poll comes after a last place conference finish for the Red.

October 18, 2017

Men’s Basketball Ranked 6th in Ivy Preseason Poll

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bball rankingsAlthough the Cornell men’s basketball team is looking to make the jump to a top-four team in the Ivy League, the conference’s annual preseason media showed how difficult that climb might be, ranking the team No. 6 in the league.

Cornell garnered 48 points in the poll to finish ahead of New England rivals Dartmouth and Brown. Unsurprisingly, the poll indicated a three-horse race between Harvard, Yale and Princeton, with Harvard edging out the other two for the top spot.

The poll comes after last year’s 8-21 Cornell season, in which the Red went 4-10 within the conference to tie with Brown and Dartmouth for last place in the Ivy League. This year, the team will see 10 players returning from last year’s roster, as well as six newcomers from head coach Brian Earl’s first recruiting class.

Fans wary of media polling will have a chance to judge the new-look Red for themselves at the annual Red-White scrimmage this weekend, which will offer the season’s first look at junior All-Ivy candidates Matt Morgan and Stone Gettings, as well as the incoming rookie class.

The Red-White Scrimmage will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Newman Arena. The Red’s first regular season game will be on Friday, Nov. 10 when the team goes on the road to face perennial powerhouse Syracuse.