Oct. 27, 1999
NEW YORK - Connecticut, the defending NCAA and BIG
EAST champions, is picked to win the 1999-00 BIG EAST regular
season, according to a vote of the league's head
The Huskies, who return three starters from last
season, received 10 of the 13 first-place votes. Coaches did not place their
own teams on their respective ballots.
The top half of the coaches' picks is very similar
to last year. Syracuse is again a solid choice for second, followed by St.
John's, Miami, Georgetown and Villanova. Last year
the coaches placed Miami ahead of St. John's, with Georgetown and
Villanova at fifth and sixth.
Connecticut has put together the best record in the
BIG EAST in five of the last six regular seasons. UConn was 16-2 in
regular season play last season and captured its
third AT&T BIG EAST Championship in the last four years.
1999-00 BIG EAST COACHES' PRESEASON POLL
1. Connecticut (10) 142
2. Syracuse (2) 131
3. St. John's 119
4. Miami (1) 114
5. Georgetown 97
6. Villanova 92
7. Seton Hall 73
8. Rutgers 68
9. Notre Dame 60
10. Providence 45
11. West Virginia 34
12. Pittsburgh 30
13. Boston College 19
(First-place votes in parentheses)