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Harvard Unanimous Pick to Win Ivy Men’s Basketball Championship

NCAA Basketball Tournament
The Arizona Wildcats, white, play against the Harvard Crimson during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photographer: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Harvard University is the unanimous choice to win the Ivy League men’s basketball championship this season in a poll of media representatives who regularly cover the eight-team athletic conference.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Crimson received all 17 first-place votes after winning their third-straight Ivy title last season and beating New Mexico in the second round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

The University of Pennsylvania is second in the poll, after finishing last season 9-22, 6-8 in the Ivy League. Yale University, 14-17 last season and 8-6 in the conference, is third.

Harvard (20-10, 11-3 Ivy) is the first team to get all available first-place votes in the poll since Cornell University before the 2009-10 season. Junior guard and forward Wesley Saunders averaged 16.2 points and 4.2 rebounds a game last season and sophomore guard Siyani Chambers averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 assists.

Harvard opens its season Nov. 10 against Holy Cross. Its first conference game is Jan. 11 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Kuriloff in New York at akuriloff@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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