Big East Hoops Under Way

Media Day kicked off the start of the Big East hoop season. See who the coaches picked to finish were in the countires toughest conference. Also see who the top players are going into the season.

The countries top college basketball conference wasted little in bringing in the new season. Stationed in New York City, coaches and players from each of the conferences 16 teams were represented during the Men's Basketball Media Day held at Madison Square Garden.

Many things were discussed including naming of preseason honors within the conference. Those players who earned honors were as follows.

2005-06 Preseason Co-Players of the Year
Rudy Gay, Connecticut
Gerry McNamara, Syracuse

2005-06 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
* Josh Boone, Connecticut, C, Jr., 6-10, 237, Mt. Airy, Md.
Rudy Gay, Connecticut, F, So., 6-9, 220, Baltimore, Md.
Taquan Dean, Louisville, G, Sr., 6-3, 185, Red Bank, N.J.
Carl Krauser, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-2, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Daryll Hill, St. John's, G, Jr., 6-0, 167, Queens, N.Y.
* Gerry McNamara, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-2, 182, Scranton, Pa.
Randy Foye, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-3, 205, Newark, N.J.
Allan Ray, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-2, 195, Bronx, N.Y.
Curtis Sumpter, Villanova, F, Sr., 6-7, 223, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kevin Pittsnogle, West Virginia, C, Sr., 6-11, 250, Martinsburg, W.Va.

2005-06 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Eric Hicks, Cincinnati, F, Sr., 6-6, 240, Greensboro, N.C.
Brandon Bowman, Georgetown, F, Sr., 6-8, 219, Santa Monica, Calif.
Jeff Green, Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 225, Hyattsville, Md.
Chris Quinn, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-2, 185, Dublin, Ohio
* denotes unanimous selection

As for how each team will fair during the season, league coaches were polled and came up with the following.

2005-06 Preseason Coaches' Poll

Pts.

1.

Villanova

(9)

215

2.

Connecticut

(7)

213

3.

Louisville

192

4.

Syracuse

181

5.

West Virginia

175

6.

Georgetown

152

7.

Pittsburgh

130

8.

Notre Dame

128

9.

Cincinnati

127

10.

St. John's

79

11.

DePaul

76

12.

Marquette

73

13.

Providence

68

14.

Rutgers

53

15.

Seton Hall

35

16.

USF

23

First-place votes in parentheses

While many feel Villanova and Connecticut will battle for the conference title, other members of the conference will look to knock off those two and make their way to Madison Square Garden for the conference tournament as the number one seed.

How will the new members of the Big East fair during the 2005-2006 season? Only time will tell if those like Louisville and Cincinnati are able keep their standings coming over from Conference USA.


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