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Big East coaches also pick Louisville third

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Each garnering a total of 209 points, Syracuse and Connecticut are the co-favorites to win this year's Big East title according to the league's coaches. Louisville was No. 3 and brought in a trio of first-place votes. No. 4 Pitt was the only other school to receive first-place recognition, garnering a single vote.

Here's the poll:

1. Connecticut (7) -- 209
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. John's -- 71
13. Seton Hall -- 56
14. USF -- 43
15. Providence -- 40
16. DePaul -- 27

As was the case with the media poll, Pittsburgh guard Ashton Gibbs was selected as the league's preseason player of the year, while UConn center Andre Drummon got the nod for rookie of the year.

Peyton Siva, who was named to the All-Big East second team, was the lone Cardinal to receive individual recognition.

2011-12 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh
 
2011-12 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year
Andre Drummond, Connecticut
 
2011-12 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh (Player of the Year), G, Sr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, G/F, So., 6-5, 185, Norcross, Ga.
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Sr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Gr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Conn.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-7, 210, Montreal, Quebec
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Sr., 6-8, 260, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
 
2011-12 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F, Sr., 6-9, 260, Cincinnati, Ohio
Alex Oriakhi Connecticut, F/C, Jr., 6-9, 240, Lowell, Mass.
Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, Jr., 5-11, 180, Seattle, Wash.
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-2 190, Philadelphia, Pa.
Maalik Wayns, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-2, 200, Philadelphia, Pa.
 
2011-12 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Andre Drummond, Connecticut, C, Fr., 6-11, 275, Middletown, Conn. 
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, So. 6-0, 170, Roxbury, Mass. 
Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, So., 6-8, 208, Baltimore, Md.
Jae Crowder, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-6, 235, Villa Rica, Ga.
Augustus Gilchrist, USF, F/C, Sr., 6-10, 245, Clinton, Md.