PRINCETON, N.J. – The Columbia men’s basketball team was predicted to finish fifth in the preseason Ivy League poll, conducted by selected members of the media.

The Lions received 55 voting points. All four teams that qualified for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament were selected in the top-four in 2017-18. Harvard edged out Yale as the early favorites, with the Crimson receiving 121 points and six first-place votes. The Bulldogs garnered more first-place votes (8), but finished three points behind Harvard overall. Defending Ancient Eight Champions Princeton was selected third, while Penn was tabbed fourth.

Cornell, Dartmouth and Brown rounded out the preseason predictions.

Columbia enters year two of the Jim Engles era and returns three starters from last year’s squad. Sophomore point guard Mike Smith is coming off a strong rookie campaign where he set a Lions’ first-year record with 368 points. Senior Kyle Castlin will return after missing all of last season due to injury and classmate Nate Hickman is coming off a breakout campaign, averaging 11.8 points.

The Lions open up the 2017-18 campaign at Villanova on Friday, November 10. Tip-off is slated for 8:30 p.m. on FS2.

2017-18 IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

1. Harvard (6) 121
2. Yale (8) 118
3. Princeton (3) 114
4. Penn 86
5. Columbia 55
6. Cornell 48
7. Dartmouth 39
8. Brown 31

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