Today’s release of the Ivy Preseason Media Poll yielded a predictably unpredictable outlook for the 2015-16 14-game tournament.
Yale was selected to finish first in the poll, garnering 117 points and five first-place votes. But by no means is there an Eli-favoring consensus here. Columbia and Princeton, finishing second and third in the poll respectively, each actually finished with more first-place votes (six) than Yale.
The Ivy League office’s roundup of various preseason projected orders of league finishes reflects a similar collective shrug in trying to predict how the 2015-16 slate will shake out. Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports Annuals and the Sporting News all project Yale finishing atop the league, while CBSSports.com anticipates a Columbia first-place run.
But five-time defending Ivy champion Harvard is projected to finish second in three of those preseason projections, while it’s slotted only fourth in the Ivy Preseason Media Poll itself. Hmm. Looks like parity in the top half of the league without recent parallel. Lions, Tigers and Bulldogs, oh my!
What are your thoughts on the media poll? What’s your projected top three finish?