Official BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll has Friars at #14

dave@friarblog —  October 20th, 2010 1:44 PM
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Today is BIG EAST Media day in NYC, and the official preseason poll has just been announced.

As expected, Pittsburgh is #1, followed by Villanova, Syracuse, and Georgetown.

With last season’s defensive nightmare probably still fresh in people’s minds, combined with another high roster turnover, the Providence Friars are pegged to finish #14.  Rutgers and DePaul are the two teams picked to finish below the Friars.

Last year, PC was picked to finish #13 (they finished 15th).

FULL POLL

1. Pittsburgh

2. Villanova

3. Syracuse

4. Gtown

5. WVU

6. St.John’s

7. ND

8. Louisville & Marquette

10. UCONN

11. Seton Hall

12. Cincinnati

13. USF

14. PROVIDENCE

15. Rutgers

16. DePaul

Austin Freeman of Georgetown was voted preseason Player of the Year, and Syracuse frosh Fab Melo was named preseason Freshman of the Year.

SOURCES

BigEast.org - Pittsburgh Chosen As BIG EAST Hoops Favorite

BigEast.org - Freeman Selected BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year

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