Oct. 17, 2012
NEW YORK - The
UConn head coach Kevin Ollie was in attendance at the event along with junior forward Tyler Olander (
Under coach Rick Pitino last season,
Notre Dame was picked for third place with 166 points. Coach Mike Brey may have the most experienced team in the league. The Irish return all five starters, including 6-9 senior Jack Cooley, the BIG EAST Most Improved Player last season. He helped Notre Dame post a 21-12 overall record and a 13-5 conference mark.
The league coaches placed
The coaches tabbed USF for eighth, by far its highest position in the poll since joining the BIG EAST in 2005-06. Last year, the Bulls had a breakthrough season, earning their first NCAA bid since 1993 and won two NCAA games for the first time in school history. Stan Heath, the BIG EAST Coach of the Year, led the Bulls to a 22-14 finish and a 12-6 mark in BIG EAST play. Sophomore point guard Anthony Collins, a critical contributor as a freshman last year, returns to direct the attack.
The coaches have
Villanova is picked 12th. The Wildcats want to bounce back from last year’s 13-19 record. DePaul is 13th. The Blue Demons will be led by junior forward Cleveland Melvin, a Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team pick. Seton Hall was voted 14th. The Pirates are coming off an NIT berth last season.
|2012-13 Preseason Coaches' Poll||Pts|
|1. Louisville (14)||196|
|3. Notre Dame (1)||166|
|10. St. John's||73|
|14. Seton Hall||42|
|(1st Place Votes in Parentheses)|
2012-13 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
2012-13 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year
2012-13 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
2012-13 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
2012-13 Preseason BIG EAST Honorable Mention