UConn men's basketball projected to finish second in Big East

Published on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 18:40

Journal Inquirer

NEW YORK - The UConn men’s basketball team was picked second in the Big East Conference coaches’ poll released today.

The poll and the preseason all-conference teams were announced as part of the Big East’s Media Day this morning at Madison Square Garden.

No Huskies made the all-Big East first team, though UConn guard R.J. Cole and forward Tyrese Martin were given spots on the second team. Center Adama Sanogo received an honorable mention nod.

Villanova was picked to win the league, the seventh time in the last eight years its been so honored. The Wildcats were a de facto unanimous choice, receiving 10 first-place votes.

Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams, and UConn received the other vote, meaning Villanova coach Jay Wright cast his ballot for the Huskies.

UConn was the second choice with 84 points, followed by Xavier (76), St. John’s (73), and Seton Hall (68).

UConn went 15-8 last season, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament after a five-year drought.

Villanova’s Collin Gillespie was the preseason player of the year, while Georgetown’s Aminu Mohammed was the preseason freshman of the year.

The is UConn’s second year back in the Big East, following its seven-year stint in the American Athletic Conference.

Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 18:40. Updated: Tuesday, 19 October 2021 18:42.