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2010 Big East Coaches' poll released

The official Big East coaches' poll, released this morning...


Team/ Points

1. Pittsburgh (12) 222
2. Villanova (1) 208
3. Syracuse (2) 187
4. Georgetown 173
5. West Virginia 164
6. St. John’s (1) 145
7. Notre Dame 123
8. Louisville 121
Marquette 121
10. Connecticut 113
11. Seton Hall 104
12. Cincinnati 91
13. USF 54
14. Providence 36
15. Rutgers 32
16. DePaul 26

Uh... what? I don't know how they picked St. John's higher than any other publication (and higher than I would have), and higher than our bloggers. And Seton Hall at 11? They were a middle of the pack team last year and they might even play defense! Curious.

St. John's has a lot of returning minutes, had some good games late, and has new direction. But it's strange to see the coaches going a direction no other publication has been willing to go yet. And for the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and all-Big East teams in 2010-11 (DJ Kennedy gets props on the second team):

Preseason Player of the Year
Austin Freeman, Georgetown

Preseason Rookie of the Year
Fab Melo, Syracuse

Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Austin Freeman, Georgetown (Player of the Year), G, Sr., 6-3 ½, 227, Mitchellville, Md.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-5, 188, Bronx, N.Y.
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6-8, 255, Mount Vernon, N.Y.

Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team

Chris Wright, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-1, 208, Washington, D.C.
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Tomball, Texas
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Conn.
D.J. Kennedy, St. John’s, G/F, Sr., 6-5, 214, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 207, Montreal, Quebec

Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F, Sr., 6-9, 260, Cincinnati, Ohio
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Jr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Philadelphia, Pa.