PRINCETON, N.J. - In what promises to be a competitive Ivy League season, Harvard was picked fourth in the 2009-10 Ivy League men's basketball preseason poll, league officials announced Wednesday.
The Crimson lost All-Ivy point guard Drew Housman and former all-league forward Evan Harris to graduation and both are playing professionally overseas this year. Still, the Crimson returns one of the nation's premier players in guard Jeremy Lin who was named by ESPN as one of the most versatile players in all of Division I. Last season Lin became the only player in the country to rank among his league's leaders in every statistical category. Lin finished third in overall scoring (17.5) and second in Ivy scoring (17.1), led the Crimson in points, rebounds (5.5), assists (4.3), steals (2.4) and minutes played (975). Big man Keith Wright is back for his sophomore year, while Coach Tommy Amaker adds another exciting recruiting class to his already young core.
Cornell was unanimously picked to finish first as the Big Red return five starters from the team that went 21-10 overall and 11-3 to finish first in the league last year. Princeton, Penn, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown and Dartmouth were picked behind Cornell in that order.
Cornell was the overwhelming favorite among 16 Ivy media members after returning all five starters, three All-Ivy selections and transfer players from Massachusetts and Kentucky.
Columbia will tip off the 2009-10 season at Holy Cross on November 13 at 7 p.m. The Crimson opens its home schedule Nov. 15 against William & Mary at 2 p.m.
2009-10 Ivy League Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
1. Cornell - 128 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Princeton - 96
3. Penn - 92
4. Harvard - 86
5. Yale - 59
6. Columbia - 55
7. Brown - 41
8. Dartmouth - 19