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Pitt tabbed for ninth in Big East basketball

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Pitt was picked to finish ninth in the 2009-10 Big East preseason coaches poll. The poll was released on Wednesday at Big East Men’s Basketball Media Day at Madison Square Garden. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Villanova is the preseason favorite, edging West Virginia 218 points to 215. Villanova, which returns five of its eight top players from last year’s Final Four team, received 10 first-place votes. West Virginia earned five first-place votes and Connecticut one. Pitt didn’t have any players on the 14-man all-Big East preseason team.

Here is the poll and preseason all-Big East teams.

2009-10 Big East Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Villanova (10) 218
2. West Virginia (5) 215
3. Connecticut (1) 185
4. Louisville 179
5. Georgetown 161
6. Syracuse 152
7. Cincinnati 135
8. Notre Dame 132
9. Pittsburgh 119
10. Seton Hall 110
11. St. John’s 82
12. Marquette 78
13. Providence 52
14. USF 44
15. Rutgers 43
16. DePaul 15
* First-place votes in parantheses

2009-10 Preseason all-Big East First team

Luke Harangody, 6-8, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Deonta Vaughn, 6-1, Sr., G, Cincinnati
Greg Monroe, 6-11, So., C, Georgetown
Lazar Hayward, 6-6, Sr., F, Marquette
Scottie Reynolds, 6-2, Sr., G, Villanova
Da’Sean Butler, 6-7, Sr., F, West Virginia

Second team
Jerome Dyson, 6-3, Sr., G, Connecticut
Kemba Walker, 6-1, So., G, Connecticut
Samardo Samuels, 6-9, So., F, Louisville
Jeremy Hazell, 6-5, Jr., G, Seton Hall
Dominique Jones, 6-4, Jr., G, USF
Devin Ebanks, 6-9, So., F, West Virginia

Honorable mention
Stanley Robinson, 6-9, Sr., F, Connecticut
Arinze Onuaku, 6-9, Sr., C, Syracuse

2009-10 Big East Preseason Player of the Year
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame

2009-10 Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year
Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati

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