A year removed from a fifth-place, 5-9 conference finish, Penn basketball has been tapped to finish fourth in the 2016-17 preseason Ivy League media poll. The Quakers, behind Princeton (130), Harvard (123) and Yale (101) in the poll, received 72 votes total while the first-place votes were split between Princeton (12) and Harvard (5).
Yale, the defending Ivy champions who are barely six months removed from upsetting Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, did not get a single nod to repeat its title as regular season champion.
This marks the first time Princeton has topped the poll since 2012-13 and the 11th time it has done so overall. Rounding out the rest of the poll are Columbia (61), Dartmouth (48), Cornell (42) and Brown (35).
That said, based on their projected finishes, both Yale and Penn would join Harvard and Princeton in the inaugural Ivy League basketball tournament, which will be held at the Palestra on March 11-12. The winner of this four-team tournament will receive the Ancient Eight’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, as opposed to the previous tradition of awarding it to the regular season champion.
Penn kicks of its season on Nov. 11, traveling to Robert Morris for the first of four straight road games before the home opener against Villanova as the reigning national champions visit the Palestra on Nov. 29.
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