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).
8. Louisville & Marquette
11. Seton Hall
Austin Freeman of Georgetown was voted preseason Player of the Year, and Syracuse frosh Fab Melo was named preseason Freshman of the Year.