The men's basketball coaches poll and the All-Big East pre-season team were released at the conference's media day at Madison Square Garden in New York City this morning.
Villanova was chosen to win the regular season title. UConn trailed by two points and two first place votes. However, the votes were taken before the recent injury to Wildcat Curtis Sumpter. Sumpter will undergo knee surgery next week.
Sumpter was also named to the Big East all-preseason team along with Connecticut's Josh Boone, Louisville's Taquan Dean, Villanova's Randy Foye, UConn's Rudy Gay, St. John's Daryll Hill, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser, Syracuse's Gerry McNamara, West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle and Allan Ray of Villanova.
Gay and McNamara were voted pre-season co-players of the year.
Syracuse freshman guard Eric Devendorf was chosen as the Big East Pre-season Rookie of the Year.
Louisville was chosen to finish third followed by Syracuse, West Virginia, Georgetown, Pitt, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, St. John's, DePaul, Marquette, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall and South Florida.
2005-06 Preseason Coaches' Poll
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
Big East Coaches Pick DePaul to Finish 11th
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