CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a third consecutive Ivy League championship and a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Harvard men's basketball team was a unanimous pick to repeat again in the 2013-14 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll, league officials announced Wednesday.
The Crimson received all 17 of the poll's first-place votes, marking the first time a team has been the unanimous choice to win the conference since Cornell in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Penn was picked second with a total of 100 points with Yale (96), Princeton (93), Brown (74), Cornell (38), Dartmouth (38) and Columbia (37) rounding out the votes.
This is the second time Harvard has earned the top spot in the Ancient Eight's preseason poll following 2011-12 when it received 16-of-17 first-place votes. Last year the Crimson was chosen second.
Harvard, which also received 28 votes in the USA TODAY Preseason Coaches Poll, will return all but one letterwinner from last year's squad which went 20-10 overall and 11-3 in conference to capture a third consecutive Ivy League crown. The Crimson advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a second year in a row and upset third-ranked New Mexico to reach the Round of 32, marking the program's first postseason win.
Among those returning is junior Wesley Saunders, a Lou Henson Preseason All-America selection and last year's Ivy League scoring champion. Brandyn Curry and Siyani Chambers have each been named to the 2014 Cousy Award Watch List, while Kyle Casey, Laurent Rivard and Steve Moundou-Missi are All-Ivy League performers.
Head coach Tommy Amaker is entering his seventh season in Cambridge and has guided Harvard to an unparalleled run of success. The Crimson has posted a 112-66 overall record under his guidance with a 54-30 mark in the Ivy League, and has made four consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in program history. Harvard has also won at least 20 games each of the last four seasons, a feat which had never been accomplished. This past year Amaker was honored as the Clarence "Big House" Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame.
Harvard will tipoff its season at TD Garden against Holy Cross at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tripleheader Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
2013-14 Ivy League Men's Basketball Preseason Media
First-Place Votes in Parentheses