Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WVU Basketball Picked to Finish 7th in Big East

The West Virginia Men's basketball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Big East. The Mountaineers finished with 132 points, and are sandwiched between number six, Marquette and Villanova, who comes in eighth. Defending champ, UConn and Syracuse are tied at number one, with Louisville in the third spot. UConn has the most first place votes with seven.

The Mountaineers come into 2011 having to rely on a mix of experience and youth. Kevin Jones and Daryll Bryant will be asked to lead WVU, while hoping for solid play from Deniz Kilicli and Kevin Noreen. Look for bigtime minutes early from freshmen, Jabarie Hinds and Keaton Miles.

WVU will open the season on Nov 4th in an exhibition against Northern Kentucky. The first regular season game will be Nov 11th against Oral Roberts in the Coliseum.

(First place votes in parentheses)

1. Connecticut (7) 209
2. Syracuse (5) 209
3. Louisville (3) 201
4. Pittsburgh (1) 188
5. Cincinnati 169
6. Marquette 155
7. West Virginia 132
8. Villanova 127
9. Notre Dame 114
10. Georgetown 104
11. Rutgers 75
12. St. Johns 71
13. Seton Hall 56
14. USF 43
15. Providence 40
16. DePaul 27

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