Villanova Unanimously Tops Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll For Second-Straight Year

Villanova Unanimously Tops Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll For Second-Straight Year

The conference's coaches picked the Wildcats to win the conference regular season as well as preseason player honor predictions.

Zach Drapkin

With the end of the off-season and Big East Media Day comes the preseason Coaches' Poll, and Villanova has got to hope that the conference's coaches got it right again as they did last off-season. 

The Wildcats were a unanimous pick to win the Big East regular season title, receiving all nine of the possible first-place votes for a total of 81 points. Coaches are not allowed to pick their own teams, and so Jay Wright of Nova had to give his vote to Georgetown.

Villanova's 33-3 mark last season -- 16-2 in the Big East -- made for one of their most successful seasons ever and aided them in winning the conference tournament.

Slots two-through-five also featured teams that made the NCAA tournament last season, with Georgetown coming in second followed by Butler, Xavier, and Providence. Marquette was a close sixth, right behind Providence with 44 points.

St. John's got the insult of the tenth and bottom ranking, but Creighton, the formerly-ranked team of Doug McDermott, was only ten points above them at number nine. Seton Hall and DePaul were ranked seventh and eighth respectively.

Big East Preseason Coaches' Poll
# Team (First-place votes) Points
1 Villanova (9) 81
2 Georgetown (1) 70
3 Butler 67
4 Xavier 55
5 Providence 45
6 Marquette 44
7 Seton Hall 27
8 DePaul 25
9 Creighton 23
10 St. John's 13

In addition to the Coaches' Poll, preseason awards were announced along with the All-Conference teams. 

Big East Preseason Player Honors
Honor Player Class School
Player of the Year G Kris Dunn Junior Providence
Rookie of the Year G Jalen Brunson Freshman Villanova
First Team G Kellen Dunham Senior Butler
First Team F Roosevelt Jones Senior Butler
First Team G D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera Senior Georgetown
First Team G Ryan Arcidiacono Senior Villanova
First Team F Jalen Reynolds Senior Xavier
Second Team F Henry Ellenson Freshman Marquette
Second Team F Angel Delgado Sophomore Seton Hall
Second Team F Daniel Ochefu Senior Villanova
Second Team G Billy Garrett, Jr. Junior DePaul
Second Team G Isaiah Whitehead Sophomore Seton Hall
Honorable Mention F Isaac Copeland Sophomore Georgetown
Honorable Mention C Luke Fischer Junior Marquette
Honorable Mention G Jalen Brunson Freshman Villanova
Honorable Mention G Trevon Bluiett Sophomore Xavier