Nov. 2, 2004
Coach Glen Miller's men's basketball team, who finished second in the Ivy standings in each of the last two years, has been picked to finish fourth in the 2004-2005 Ivy League Men's Basketball Pre-Season Poll in a ballot of media members from the eight Ivy League areas. Princeton was chosen the league favorite with 125 points and 14 first place votes. The Bears garnered 83 points and one first place vote.
In five years under Miller's tutelage, the Bears have posted four consecutive winning seasons for the first time ever, finishing second in the Ivy standings in each of the last two years and three times in the four years.
Armed with the return of two starters, including senior All-American Jason Forte, the 2004 Ivy League's Player of the Year, and junior Luke Ruscoe, the only Brown player to start all 27 games last year, Miller expects this year's young team to challenge once again for the Ivy League title and extend Brown's consecutive season winning streak.
Miller's fast-break, motion offense has led the Ivy League in scoring in each of the last four years. Directing that offense is Forte, the dominant guard in the Ivy League, a two-time first team All-Ivy choice, and the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year. He was also an Associated Press All-American, earning honorable mention honors. Forte, a co-captain of this year's team, emerged as one of the top players in the nation when he accomplished the Ivy League's first "Tiny," leading the league in both scoring (21.4 ppg.) and assists (5.79 apg).
The 6-7 Ruscoe, a co-captain of this year's team, utilized his versatility and ball-handling skills to play several positions for the Bears, and was the only Brown player to start all 27 games last year. He was the Bears' fifth leading scorer with 8.1 points per game, and ranked second on last year's squad with 43 steals, fourth best in the Ivy League (1.59 per game).
For this season to be a success, the Bears will have to rely on five other returning players to step up, and for eight newcomers to contribute immediately.
Ivy League Men's Basketball
2004-2005 Preseason Poll
1. Princeton, 125 (14)
2. Penn, 111 (1)
3. Yale, 85
4. BROWN, 83 (1)
5. Columbia, 62
6. Cornell, 54
7. Harvard, 37
8. Dartmouth, 19