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Big Green Picked Tied for Sixth

Hanover — Dartmouth College was picked to finish tied for sixth in the Ivy League’s media preseason poll on Wednesday.

Harvard was a unanimous pick to repeat as the conference champion, while the Big Green was pegged to finish in exactly the same place that it finished last season.

The rebuilding process for the Big Green started to take hold last season under head coach Paul Cormier, who is in the fourth season of his second stint in Hanover.

Dartmouth won three of its final four contests to climb out of the cellar and finish the year with a 5-9 record against the Ivies and 9-19 overall with a roster made up predominantly of underclassmen as the Green featured just one senior and one junior.

The junior is now senior team captain Tyler Melville, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound shooting guard from Plano, Texas. Melville came on strong in 2012-13, starting the year as a role player before earning a spot in the starting lineup during the league slate.

He was Dartmouth’s most accurate shooter last season, connecting on 48.5 percent of his shots from the floor, including 41.7 percent (20-of-48) beyond the arc.

The core of the team, however, is made up of juniors and sophomores, led by a 2012-13 second-team All-Ivy selection in junior Gabas Maldunas.

The 6-9 Lithuanian center was ninth in the league with a team-high 11.4 points per game while posting 6.9 rebounds a night, good for third among the Ivy League players.

Preseason Poll (place, team, points):

1. Harvard (17) 136; 2. Penn 100; 3. Yale 96; 4. Princeton 93; 5. Brown 50; 6T. Dartmouth 38; 6T. Cornell 38; 8. Columbia 37.