Bulldogs Receive One First Place Vote
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Over the years, the Yale men's basketball team has consistently finished higher than the Ivy League preseason media poll has projected. If that's the case again in 2011-12, it will be a memorable season for the Bulldogs.
Yale was picked second, along with Princeton, by the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives on Wednesday, receiving one first-place vote and 103 points. Harvard is the league favorite with 16 first-place votes and 135 points.
Princeton also had 103 points followed by Penn (90), Brown (62), Cornell (52), Columbia (50) and Dartmouth (17).
"We have a lot of young guys to blend in, along with a good nucleus of upperclassmen," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, on a media teleconference. "Rebounding is really going to be a key for us. We've had a pretty good preseason, and I'm looking forward to the season."
The Bulldogs, who finished 15-13 overall and 8-6 in the Ivy League a year ago, return four starters and 10 players who averaged at least seven minutes a year ago. Ten of the players on the roster, though, are freshmen or sophomores.
Two players – Greg Mangano and Jeremiah Kreisberg – gained valuable international experience over the summer. Mangano played for a 12-member team that represented the United States at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. He appeared in six games during the tournament, and averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. His five blocks were second on the team, and he also contributed four steals. Mangano was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection last year.
Kreisberg played for Israel at the U20 European Championship in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He headed to Tel-Aviv in June, spent three weeks training with the Israel team and took part in the team's preparation tour through Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. At the European Championship, Kreisberg played in six games and averaged 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds, while averaging nearly 30 minutes per game.
"Those experiences have given each of them a great deal of confidence," Jones said.
The Bulldogs open the season on Nov. 11 against Central Connecticut in the Connecticut 6 Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
2011-12 IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON MEDIA POLL (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
Rank School Points
1. Harvard (16) 135
2. Yale (1) 103
4. Penn 90
5. Brown 62
6. Cornell 52
7. Columbia 50
8. Dartmouth 17
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity