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.
|#||Team (First-place votes)||Points|
In addition to the Coaches' Poll, preseason awards were announced along with the All-Conference teams.
|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|