Coach Jay Wright's Wildcats received nine of 10 first-place votes, as coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own team. Villanova finished 29-5 last season and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It was upset by eventual national champion UConn in the third round.
Hoyas guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was voted the Big East preseason player of the year. He averaged 17.6 points per game last season as a sophomore.
- Paul Palladino