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October 17, 2012

Big East Media Day Polling

Filed under: Basketball,Big East,Conference — Chas @ 4:04 pm

This is the final time for actually caring having a vested interest in the results of preseason Big East polls.

The Preseason teams and individual honors and predicted outcome for the season were offered. On the individual honors and All-Big East teams,

Steven Adams was picked as the “Preseason Rookie of the Year.” There are a lot of national expectations and curiosity about the Kiwi Phenom.

On the preseason All-Big East teams, Travon Woodall was named to the “Honorable Mention” (third team) squad. He was the only Pitt player on any of the squad. So start firing up the “no one believes in us,” meme.

The preseason player of the year was Louisville’s Peyton Siva. Probably for much the same reason that Ashton Gibbs was named last year: no clue among the returning players to give it to. I think I might have picked Georgetown’s Otto Porter.

As for the preseason Big East Coaches Poll. Pitt placed a close 6th behind the Hoyas. The top-5 was Louisville, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Cinci and Georgetown.

2012-13 Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Louisville (14) 196
2. Syracuse 175
3. Notre Dame (1) 166
4. Cincinnati 152
5. Georgetown 136
6. Pittsburgh 132
7. Marquette 121
8. USF  96
9. Connecticut  83
10. St. John’s  73
11. Rutgers  63
12. Villanova  61
13. DePaul  48
14. Seton Hall  42
15. Providence  31

First-place votes in parentheses

I consider it a minor upset that DePaul was picked for 13th this year. They should be better this year, but to see them not picked for last is still a sight.

Can’t wait for next year. Tons of friends and family (places to stay) in the Triangle. Would love to do some damage on the way out the door, especially after last season.

Comment by CNorwoodAZ 10.17.12 @ 5:28 pm

Pitt should have benn picked as # 3 not #6
but it is good to be so low then you can sneak
up on them.
but it wont suprise me if we end up # 2
we will have a good year this year unless there are key players hurt.
I think at least 24 wins and maybe the final 8
when all is said and done.

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.17.12 @ 5:52 pm

It’s nice we got some votes in the coaches poll. And I’m also glad in the previous post people are starting to think a little outside the box when talking stadium locations

Comment by Timmeh 10.17.12 @ 6:12 pm

Jay Bilas has Pitt being the surprise BE team, but not to me after watching the Blue Gold scrimmage.

Zeigler, Robinson, Adams are GTGs such as we haven’t seen in a while. Brandin, Brad and Chevy respectively come to mind but our new players are bigger and stronger and more aggressive.

And there’s still Sleepy to count on for D.

Comment by steve1 10.17.12 @ 6:30 pm

Caveat: Chevy’s strength is unparalleled.

Comment by steve1 10.17.12 @ 6:31 pm

I am really surprised Pitt is picked #6…
I would think #3…

Comment by Joe D 10.17.12 @ 6:37 pm

Frankcan–How many BE wins if we win 24 games? There are 13 OOC games and I don’t see us winning less than 11 of them. That means 13-5 BE regular season to wind up 24-7 going into BE tourney.

I am a little more optimistic: on the OOC–thinking 12-1; BE regular 14-4 for a 26-5 floor. So if we make the elite 8 the final record would be 29-6.

Comment by Pitt72 10.17.12 @ 6:42 pm

And 26-9 under that scenario presumes zero BE tourney wins.

Comment by Pitt72 10.17.12 @ 6:44 pm

wasent counting BE tourney in my total and was thinking we might stumble a bit until every one got used to playing together.
but i think bye the end we will be clicking on all cilnders and go to final 8

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.17.12 @ 8:03 pm

Don’t forget that for awhile, even when Pitt was in the mix for BE championships, they weren’t typically tabbed as favorites. Considering how last season went, and how many “new” (freshman/transfer) impact guys we’re counting on, I think 6 is a fair projection. And I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Pitt exceeds that again.

Comment by JW 10.17.12 @ 8:46 pm

I know we will exceed that if no players are hurt.

Comment by FRANKCAN 10.17.12 @ 9:03 pm

Unlike pre-season polls in college football for national rankings which give the select few preferred “pole positions”, this poll means squat.
That is what it is worth. Squat.
In basketball, the final scores and wins and losses actually matter.

Comment by sfpitt 10.18.12 @ 11:21 am

Going to jump on the bandwagon. I predict a national championship. Easy. There is no doubt in my mind Pitt will repeat as champs of the College Basketball Invitational.

Comment by PO'd Panther 10.19.12 @ 6:54 pm

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