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.