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Louisville Named Preseason Big East Favorite, Siva Preseason Player Of The Year

The Big East coaches have voted Louisville as the league's near-unanimous favorite for the 2012-13 season, and Peyton Siva as the conference's Most Valuable Player.

Big East coaches followed the trend set by the media yesterday and voted Louisville as the league's favorite in their preseason poll.

The Cards nabbed 14 of a possible 15 first-place votes, with Notre Dame receiving the other top spot nod. U of L was joined in the league's preseason top five by Syracuse, the Fighting Irish, Cincinnati and Georgetown.

Here's the full poll:

1. Louisville (14)

2. Syracuse

3. Notre Dame (1)

4. Cincinnati

5. Georgetown

6. Pittsburgh

7. Marquette

8. USF

9. Connecticut

10. St. John's

11. Rutgers

12. Villanova

13. DePaul

14. Seton Hall

15. Providence

That's hilarious, guys.

Louisville also earned top billing in terms of individual honors, where senior point guard Peyton Siva was voted the league's Preseason Player of the Year. He is the first Cardinal to earn the award since U of L joined the Big East in 2005.

Siva is joined on the league's first team by junior center Gorgui Dieng, while sophomore forward Chane Behanan picked up an honorable mention nod. 2012-13

BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Peyton Siva, Louisville

2012-13 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh

2012-13 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221
Otto Porter, Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 205
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr., 6-10, 225
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-9, 244
Vincent Council, Providence, G, Sr., 6-2, 180

2012-13 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171
Cleveland Melvin, DePaul, F, Jr., 6-8, 208
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's, G, So., 6-3, 202
Anthony Collins, USF, So., G, 6-1, 175
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-4, 205

2012-13 Preseason BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Chane Behanan, Louisville, F, So., 6-7, 250
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-5, 185
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 5-11, 190
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-8, 212