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Big East Media Day festivities begin with the coaches' predictions about the best players and best teams in the league.
Released this morning, the coaches voted on the Big East's regular-season order of finish, and here's what they have decided - St. John's tenth, with Providence last and Louisville first. I would have picked the bottom the same way, though I think Villanova and St. John's will be neck-and-neck for the 9-11 spots - in other words, on the edge of NCAA tournament consideration. And I think DePaul will definitely improve to 12th or 13th.
Except for the bottom trio of Providence/ DePaul/ Seton Hall and a slight difference in the Pittsburgh pick, this list is similar to the Syracuse Post Standard's writers' poll, as reported yesterday.
D`Angelo Harrison gets a well-earned spot on the guard-dominated all-Big East's Second Team. He's one of the top returning scorers in the conference and with some small improvement, could slip onto the first team over a player like Sean Kilpatrick.
Also announced: The Big east and Madison Square Garden have come to an agreement on a ten-year extension on their deal to host the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
2012-13 Preseason Coaches’ Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Louisville (14)
3. Notre Dame (1)
10. St. John’s
14. Seton Hall
2012-13 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Peyton Siva, Louisville
2012-13 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
2012-13 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221, White Plains, N.Y.
Otto Porter, Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 205, Sikeston, Mo.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr., 6-10, 225, Dakar, Senegal
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-9, 244, Glenview, Ill.
Vincent Council, Providence, G, Sr., 6-2, 180, Brooklyn, N.Y.
2012-13 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171, Roxbury, Mass.
Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, Jr., 6-8, 208, Baltimore, Md.
D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s, G, So., 6-3, 202, Missouri City, Texas
Anthony Collins, USF, So., G, 6-1, 175, Houston, Texas
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-4, 205, Jamesville, N.Y.
2012-13 Preseason BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Chane Behanan, Louisville, F, So., 6-7, 250, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-5, 185, Bowie, Md.
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 5-11, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-8, 212, Baltimore, Md.