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Men's Basketball Picked First in Ivy Preseason Media Poll

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 10/25/2012
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Ian Hummer, T.J. Bray and Brendan Connolly will be looking for their second Ivy League title in three years.
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For the second time in three years, the Princeton men's basketball team has been selected first in the Ivy League's official media preseason poll.

Princeton received 16 of the 17 first-place votes. Each of the eight schools nominated two media members, and one national writer had a vote as well.

It is the 10th time since the Ivy League's official preseason poll began for the 1985-86 season that Princeton has been selected first. The last time Princeton was selected first, prior to the 2010-11 season, the Tigers went on to win a share of the regular-season title, provide a highlight-reel ending to the Ivy League playoff game, and come within two points of Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament's Round of 64.

Princeton returns three starters from last season's team that made the Tigers' third straight postseason appearance, including senior forward Ian Hummer, a first-team All-Ivy pick last season, senior center Brendan Connolly and junior guard T.J. Bray, who led the team in assists last season at 119. Hummer scored 515 points a year ago, the most for any Tiger in one season since 1972, and is on pace to have the highest career scoring total since Bill Bradley '65, which would be good for second all-time.

Team Poll Points (1st place votes)
Princeton 134 (16)
Harvard 109 (1)
Columbia 90
Cornell 80
Penn 74
Yale 55
Brown 50
Dartmouth 20

The Tigers are long on experience, as Princeton returns 12 players who saw action last season and five of the eight players to start a game in 2011-12. In addition to Hummer, Connolly and Bray, senior forward Mack Darrow and junior forward Will Barrett are back, with Barrett returning after missing most of last season due to an injury suffered in a November game last season. Also back is the lone member of last season's freshman class to play in all 32 games, sophomore forward Denton Koon.

Princeton also figures to be the biggest team in the Ivy League in terms of height, as nine of the 14 players stand 6-foot-8 or taller.

The Tigers will begin their 28-game regular-season schedule Nov. 10 at Buffalo.

Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson will take part in the Ivy League's media conference call today, and audio from his portion of the call will be added here once it is complete.

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