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Men's hoops picked to finish 13th in Big East

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October

Despite finishing with a 9-9 record for a ninth-place showing last season, USF's men's basketball team was picked to finish 13th in the Big East in a preseason poll of the league's coaches released Wednesday morning in New York.

The low expectations are a reflection of the Bulls losing guard Dominique Jones, last year's conference scoring champion, to the NBA Draft, as well as fellow guards Chris Howard and Mike Mercer to graduation. As we wrote in Wednesday's Times, the lower expectations won't lessen the excitement and optimism within the team that this year's Bulls could be even better than last year's 20-win squad.

Here's how the preseason poll shakes out:

1. Pittsburgh (12)
222
2. Villanova (1)
208
3. Syracuse (2)
187
4. Georgetown
173
5. West Virginia
164
6. St. John’s (1)
145
7. Notre Dame
123
8. Louisville
121
    Marquette
121
10. Connecticut
113
11. Seton Hall
104
12. Cincinnati
 91
13. USF
 54
14. Providence
 36
15. Rutgers
 32
16. DePaul
 26

No USF players were among the 14 picked by the league's coaches to their preseason all-conference teams.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:28am]

    

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