Miami Picked to Finish Third

Miami Picked to Finish Third

New York, N.Y. – ( – Miami is picked to finishthird in the Eastern Division for the 2001-02 BIG EAST regular season, accordingto a vote of the league’s head coaches. Coaches did not place their own teamson their preseason ballots.

Boston College is the pick to capture the East Division crown. The Eagles, whoearned six first-place votes, were the surprising East champions last season.BC recorded a 13-3 conference record — the best mark in either division — afterbeing tabbed for fifth place in last year’s poll.

Connecticut finished second to Boston College in this year’s balloting. The Huskies,who had been chosen to win the league or their division in each of the last fourseasons, received four first-place votes.

Miami edged Providence for third place, though each squad garnered two first-placevotes. They were followed by St. John’s, Villanova and Virginia Tech.

Georgetown was a near-unanimous selection to win the West Division, collecting12 first-place votes. The Hoyas finished ahead of Syracuse, a solid choice forsecond.

Notre Dame, the defending West Division champions, will finish third, accordingto the coaches. West Virginia and Seton Hall tied for fourth place. Pittsburghwas tabbed for sixth followed by Rutgers.

Last season, Connecticut was picked to win the East Division and Seton Hall wasthe choice in the West.

East Division Pts. West Division Pts.
1. Boston College (6) 81 1. Georgetown (12) 90
2. Connecticut (4) 78 2. Syracuse (2) 78
3. Miami (2) 67 3. Notre Dame 63
4. Providence (2) 61 4. Seton Hall 47
5. St. John’s 41 4. West Virginia 47
6. Villanova 38 6. Pittsburgh 41
7. Virginia Tech 19 7. Rutgers 19

First-place votes in parentheses

It’s 12 Again For New York
For the second year in a row, 12 of the BIG EAST’s14 teams will advance to the BIG EAST Championship in Madison Square Garden. Thetop six teams in each division will make the trip to New York.

The top two finishers in each division will earn first-round byes. The first-roundgames will be cross-divisional matchups. The West Division No. 4 seed will playthe East Division No. 5 seed. The East No. 3 will meet the West No. 6. The EastNo. 4 will play the West No. 5. The West No. 3 will meet the East No. 6.

For chances on winning the tournament, history remains on the side of teams earningbyes. However, in the last two years, two teams (Pittsburgh in 2001 and Connecticutin 2000) made it to the championship round by winning three games in three days.Both lost in the finals.

In last year’s title contest, Boston College defeated Pittsburgh, 79-57.