Louisville returns four starters from the team that reached the NCAAâ€™s East Regional finals last season and adds incredible talent in the middle but gets picked second in the Big East pre-season basketball poll?
Still getting the new guy treatment, apparently. The Big East coaches will eventually catch on.
The Huskies received nine first-place votes and a total of 214 points in the poll. Four teams received first-place votes. Those four squads â€“ UConn, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame — were bunched at the top of the poll. UofL and Pitt, which had three first-place votes each, finished with 205 and 200 points, respectively. Notre Dame received one first-place vote and was fourth with 195 points.
Connecticut compiled a 24-9 record last season, including a 13-5 mark in league play. The Huskies have won or shared a regular-season league crown in four of the last seven seasons. Their one shot at a good UofL team during the regular season comes at Freedom Hall this year.