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Back on top: Huskies picked to win Big East

A.J. Price and the Huskies are back on top.

A.J. Price and the Huskies are back on top.

Swamped today, so not coming through with the links.

Nevertheless, semi-big news out of New York: UConn was picked to finish first in the Big East by the annual coaches' poll.

The Huskies received nine of the 16 first-place votes and finished with a total of 214 points. The best of the rest: Louisville (205 points), Pitt (200) and Notre Dame (195).

Hasheem Thabeet and A.J. Price were selected to the preseason all-conference team, while senior forward Jeff Adrien was named an honorable mention.

Notre Dame's Luke Harangody was chosen as the player of the year. Georgetown's Greg Monroe and Louisville's Samardo Samuels were tabbed the top rookies.

Here's a look at the poll:

Preseason Coaches' Poll

School Points

1. Connecticut (9)

214

2. Louisville (3)

205

3. Pittsburgh (3)

200

4. Notre Dame (1)

195

5. Villanova

153

6. Marquette

146

7. Georgetown

141

8. Syracuse

139

9. West Virginia

121

10. Providence

99

11. Cincinnati

91

12. Rutgers

53

13. Seton Hall

50

14. St. John’s

44

15. DePaul

43

16. USF

26

First-place votes in parentheses.