Jays Third In Big East Preseason Poll, McDermott Top Player Pick

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Marquette, co-champions of the Big East's last season with 15 schools, is the coaches' pick to win it in the first season as a basketball-only conference.

The Golden Eagles have two starters among nine returning players from last season's team that fell a game shy of the Final Four. They received five of the 10 first-place votes and 74 points on Wednesday.

Georgetown, which finished tied with Marquette and national champion Louisville last season, had two first-place votes and 70 points and was followed by Creighton (one first-place vote), Villanova, St. John's (two first-place votes), Providence, Xavier, Seton Hall, Butler and DePaul. Creighton, Xavier and Butler are league newcomers.

Bluejay forward Doug McDermott, a two-time All-American, is the unanimous choice for preseason player of the year. He averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds last season while shooting 49 percent from three-point range.

DePaul is the women's basketball coaches' pick to win the first season of the new Big East. The Blue Demons have three starters back, including preseason player of the year Brittany Hrynko, and received eight of the 10 first-place votes and 79 points.

Creighton is second, picking up the other two first-place votes and 67 points. The Bluejays went 25-8 last season, making it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. They were followed by St. John's, Villanova, Marquette, Georgetown, Butler, Providence, Xavier and Seton Hall.

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