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Big East Writers & Coaches Agree, Syracuse Basketball Is Good

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The Big East writers preseason poll is out and the Syracuse Orange are the No. 1 choice...just barely.

The Orange received six 1st-place votes, two fewer than the UConn Huskies. However, more folks put the Orange near the top and SU beat out the Huskies by one point.

Louisville also received two first-place votes and came in third, followed by Pitt, Marquette, Cincy, West Virginia, Villanova and Notre Dame rounding out the top ten. Georgetown came in eleventh and Providence beat out DePaul for the basement vote.

Don't worry, Dana O'Neil picked the Huskies over the Orange just like you'd thought.

"It was really difficult for me to pick the No. 1 team this year simply because the margin between Connecticut and Syracuse is so slim,’’ ESPN college basketball writer Dana O’Neil, who put the Huskies at the top of her ballot, said. "To me, both look like Final Four teams. Connecticut edged out Syracuse only because of the experience that lineup gained through last year's national title run. "

Over on the coaches side, the Orange and Huskies were announced as co-favorites to win the conference.

The Huskies, who won the 2011 NCAA national championship, received seven first-place votes and a total of 209 points. The Orange, who finished last season with a 27-8 record, collected five first-place votes.

As for individual ballots, Pitt's Ashton Gibbs was picked as the preseason POY by both the media and coaches.

Kris Joseph was named to the Big East First Team by both sources, while Scoop Jardine was named to the Second Team by the coaches. Kris Joseph received one vote in the POY vote.