NEW YORK -- The men's college basketball season officially tipped off for the Big East Conference Wednesday as the league hosted its annual media day at the New York Athletic Club located on the south end of Central Park. In an elaborate setting coaches and players from all 15 programs answered questions from media members, who wanted to know the ins-and-outs of the upcoming season.
However, before the hoopla began the conference took care of some of its annual tasks releasing its 2012-13 Preseason Coaches' Poll, Preseason Player of the Year, Preseason Rookie of the Year and Preseason All-Big East Teams.
Big East Coaches' Poll
- Louisville Cardinals (196 points, 14 first-place votes)
- Syracuse Orange (175)
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish (166)
- Cincinnati Bearcats (152)
- Georgetown Hoyas (136)
- Pittsburgh Panthers (132)
- Marquette Golden Eagles (121)
- South Florida Bulls (96)
- Connecticut Huskies (83)
- St. John's Red Storm (73)
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights (63)
- Villanova Wildcats (61)
- DePaul Blue Devils (48)
- Seton Hall Pirates (42)
- Providence (31)
Big East Player of the Year
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Preseason Rookie of the Year
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
All-Big East First Team
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr.
Otto Porter, Georgetown, F, So.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr.
Vincent Council, Providence, G
All-Big East Second Team
Shabazz Napier, UConn, G, Jr.
Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, Jr.
D`Angelo Harrison, St. John's, G, So.
Anthony Collins, USF, So. G.
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr.
Big East Honorable Mention
Chane Behanan, Louisville, F, So.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr.
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G. Sr.
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr.
- Big East commissioner Mike Aresco announced in his opening remarks that the league and Madison Square Garden agreed to a multiyear extension of their contract that will keep the Big East Tournament at the "World Most Famous Arena," for the foreseeable future. The length of the extension was not given, but Aresco noted its for a long time.
- Paul Brazeau was named Senior Associate Commissioner of Men's Basketball at the Big East Conference. At the Big East, Brazeau will be the lead administrator and contact for men's basketball. He will represent the conference in overall administration, management and control of the men's basketball programs.