Big East coaches know not to count out Syracuse. That's why the Orangemen - missing freshman point guard Billy Edilen for the season and possibly DeShaun Williams for part of it - received two first place votes in the coaches' preseason poll. Syracuse finished behind Georgetown (90 points) with 78 points. Here's a look at how the coaches voted.
2001-02 Coaches' Preseason Poll
|East Division||Pts.||West Division||Pts.|
|1. Boston College (6)||81||1. Georgetown (12)||90|
|2. Connecticut (4)||78||2. Syracuse (2)||78|
|3. Miami (2)||67||3. Notre Dame||63|
|4. Providence (2)||61||4. Seton Hall||47|
|5. St. John's||41||West Virginia||47|
|6. Villanova||38||6. Pittsburgh||41|
|7. Virginia Tech||19||7. Rutgers||19|
Senior forward Preston Shumpert was also named to the preseason first team. Shumpert is also a preseason candidate for the Wooden Award, which ranks him among the top 50 basketball players in the country. He led Syracuse with 19.5 points per game last season.