WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) poses for a photograph with the 2011 NCAA Champion University of Connecticut men's basketball team and its coach Jim Calhoun at the White House May 16, 2011 in Washington, DC. UConn earned the national championship with an 11-game run through the postseason, ending with a 53-41 win over Butler in the NCAA title game. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The USA Today Coaches preseason top 25 is out now. The Big East is well represented with four teams in the top 11 and six in the top 25. Here is the full poll. Interestingly enough, the coaches poll order of Big East teams: Connecticut, Syracuse, Louisville and Pitt in the top 11 almost matches the Big East coaches poll that had them in that order for the conference. Seems the national coaches think Connecticut should be ahead of Syracuse. Obviously some of that has to do with the perception of the Huskies coming off of a title, and some of it has to do with the incredible recruiting class Calhoun hauled in.
If you want to see the depth of the Big East, consider that Louisville is ranked third in the preseason coaches poll, but 8th nationally. Pittsburgh is picked fourth in the conference but that's good enough for 11th nationally. Just like last year, this will be the toughest conference from top to bottom with very, very few nights off in conference play. You can view the entire poll after the jump below.
Team (first-place votes)
North Carolina (30)
Others receiving votes
Florida State (23-11) 108; Texas (28-8) 107; Michigan State (19-15) 73; Temple (26-8) 59; Washington (24-11) 29; Butler (28-10) 25; New Mexico (22-13) 22; Creighton (23-16) 19; Villanova (21-12) 18; Purdue (26-8) 17; UNLV (24-9) 16; West Virginia (21-12) 13; George Mason (27-7) 12; Mississippi State (17-14) 11; St. John's (21-12) 11; Saint Mary's (25-9) 5; Virginia (16-15) 5; Virginia Commonwealth (28-12) 4; Drexel (21-10) 2; Kansas State (23-11) 2; Long Beach State (22-12) 2; Brigham Young (32-5) 1; Notre Dame (27-7) 1.