October 31, 2007

Bears Picked Fifth In Ivy League Pre-Season Media Poll

Oct. 31, 2007

Providence, RI - With four starters returning to the lineup, including an All-Ivy backcourt, the Brown men's basketball team has been picked fifth in the 2007-2008 Ivy League Pre-Season Men's Basketball Poll. The Bears received 70 votes, including one first place vote. Cornell has been put on the hot seat, being picked to finish first with 119 points (10 first place votes), followed by Yale (104), Penn (97), Columbia (80), Brown (70), Harvard (43), Princeton (40) and Dartmouth (23).

Overall, coach Craig Robinson's team has eight returning lettermen and seven exciting freshmen. Brown's All-Ivy backcourt is led by first team All-Ivy guard Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI), the Ivy League's leading scorer with 18.6 points per game. A four-time Ivy Player of the Week in 2006-2007, McAndrew's 15.8 points per game overall ranked third in the Ivy League. He led the Bears and ranked seventh in the Ivy League in rebounding with 5.3 rebounding per game, and ranked third in the league in free throw percentage (.848), seventh-best in Brown basketball history.

The second half of Brown's All-Ivy backcourt is senior Damon Huffman (Petoskey, MI), the league's seventh-leading scorer (14.7 ppg.) and an honorable mention All-Ivy selection a year ago. Huffman, who connected on eight treys on his way to a career high 30 points vs. Rhode Island, was fourth in the Ivy League in free throw percentage (75 of 89, .843), fifth in field goal percentage (99 of 204, .485), and third in three-point field goal percentage (65 of 143, .455).

The Bears open their 2007-2008 season on Friday, November 9th at Eastern Michigan. Please note the game time has changed to 12:00 noon.

IVY LEAGUE
2007-08 Preseason Poll Results
1. Cornell -- 119 (10 first-place votes)
2. Yale -- 104 (3)
3. Penn -- 97 (1)
4. Columbia -- 80 (1)
5. Brown -- 70 (1)
6. Harvard -- 43
7. Princeton -- 40
8. Dartmouth -- 23