The University of Louisville was one of four men's basketball teams that received first-place votes, but Connecticut emerged as the favorite in the Big East Conference coaches' poll today.
UConn received nine first-place votes, followed by Louisville with three. Pittsburgh and Notre Dame also were also picked by at least one league coach to take home the crown.
Notre Dame's Luke Harangody, the reigning conference Player of the Year, was chosen to repeat that honor.
U of L senior Terrence Williams was the only Cardinal named to the preseason all-Big East team.
U of L freshman forward Samardo Samuels was named preseason co-rookie of the Year along with Georgetown's Greg Monroe.
Connecticut received 214 points as the No. 1 selection. Louisville was a closed second with 205. Pittsburgh was third at 200 and Notre Dame fourth at 195.
Villanova was fifth followed by Marquette, Georgetown, Syracuse, West Virginia, Providence, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, DePaul and South Florida.
The rest of the preseason team was: Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati; DaJuan Summers, Georgetown; Jerel McNeal, Marquette; Jonny Flynn, Syracuse; and Scottie Reynolds, Villanova.