Men’s Basketball Chosen to Repeat as Ivy League Champions in Preseason Poll

Harvard picked first in Ivy League preseason poll. Graphic features Seth Towns and Henry Welsh

PRINCETON, N.J. – With just two weeks remaining until the start of the men's basketball season, Harvard has been selected to repeat as Ivy League champions in the conference preseason media poll.

Harvard tallied 15 of 17 first place votes, edging second-place Penn by 17 points and third-place Yale by 40 points. The 17 media members chose Princeton as the fourth team to make the fourth-annual Ivy League tournament, which will be hosted at Lavietes Pavilion, followed by Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth.

The first-place prognostication is the sixth for Harvard under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, with the Crimson winning the Ivy League title in each of the five previous seasons it was selected to raise the trophy.

The Crimson has won seven of the last nine Ivy League championships, and returns 96.7 percent of its scoring from a year ago, which is the third-most nationally. Harvard was the top seed in the Ivy League tournament in 2019, and went on to advance to the second round of the NIT for the first time in program history.

Harvard returns five players that have received postseason recognition from the Ivy League in Bryce Aiken, Justin Bassey, Noah Kirkwood, Chris Lewis and Seth Towns. Tommy Amaker leads the program in his 13th season, and the Crimson will open the 2019-20 campaign at home against MIT Nov. 5.

Predicted Order of Finish

  1. Harvard (15) - 134
  2. Penn (2) - 117
  3. Yale - 94
  4. Princeton - 88
  5. Brown - 62
  6. Columbia - 51
  7. Cornell - 33
    Dartmouth - 33