Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll: Six Big East Teams Ranked

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.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2010 Record
Points
2010-11 Final Ranking
1.
North Carolina (30)
29-8
774
8
2.
Kentucky (1)
29-9
721
3
3.
Ohio State
34-3
702
5
4.
Connecticut
32-9
655
1
5.
Syracuse
27-8
649
18
6.
Duke
32-5
635
7
7.
Vanderbilt
23-11
567
NR
8.
Louisville
25-10
514
22
9.
Memphis
25-10
482
NR
10.
Florida
29-8
474
10
11.
Pittsburgh
28-6
471
12
12.
Baylor
18-13
358
NR
13.
Kansas
35-3
331
4
14.
Wisconsin
25-9
313
15
15.
Xavier
24-8
277
NR
16.
Arizona
30-8
269
9
17.
Alabama
24-11
194
NR
18.
Michigan
21-14
187
NR
19.
Texas A&M
24-9
161
NR
20.
UCLA
23-11
147
NR
21.
Marquette
22-15
145
20
22.
Cincinnati
26-9
141
NR
23.
Gonzaga
25-10
125
NR
24.
California
18-15
111
NR
25.
Missouri
23-11
110
NR

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.

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