As expected, Villanova received a very high ranking to begin the season, tabbed as the sixth best team in the country in one poll and fifth in the other. They are one of six Big East teams in the Top 25 to start the season.
– David Cassilo
Hoops Mania takes place tonight, and the event serves as a perfect way to for one last time celebrate the Final Four team of last season while also welcoming this year’s players as they try to build on the team’s performance from a year ago.
According to Villanova’s SGA, there will be events celebrating the Final Four team and other Villanova teams of years past.
There will also be player introductions for this year’s team, a routine between the players and the dance team and supposedly some sort of dunk contest or pickup game.
As has become customary the last few year at Villanova, a performer will also take the court at Hoops Mania. The rumors have suggested that Trey Songz will be this year’s act, but there have also been reports that it may be Pitbull or Asher Roth.
The Blue/White scrimmage, which usually had taken place the night of Hoops Mania, will now take place tomorrow night.
Hoopla aside, tonight’s Hoops Mania is first and foremost about basketball, and although the first game is still three weeks from today, tonight will get students and fans thinking about basketball. After tonight, the anticipation will for what expects to be an exciting season will grow even higher.
The latest sign that the college basketball season is on the horizon is the announcement today of both the Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll and the Preseason All-conference teams.
As has been projected all summer, Villanova has been voted the conference favorites this year, edging out West Virginia by three votes. Villanova received 10 of the 16 first place votes. The complete poll is below:
|1. Villanova (10)||218|
|2. West Virginia (5)||215|
|3. Connecticut (1)||185|
|8. Notre Dame||132|
|10. Seton Hall||110|
|11. St. John’s||82|
The Big East also announced that senior guard Scottie Reynolds has been selected to the conference’s preseason All-Big East First Team. He was the only Wildcat selected to any team. Luke Harangody was chosen as the conference’s preseason Player of the Year. All of the teams are below:
2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
2009-10 BIG EAST Preseason Rookie of the Year
Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati
2009-10 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame (Player of the Year), F, Sr., 6-8, 255, Schererville, Ind.
Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati, G, Sr., 6-1, 190, Indianapolis, Ind.
Greg Monroe, Georgetown, C, So., 6-11, 247, New Orleans, La.
Lazar Hayward, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-6, 225, Buffalo, N.Y.
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-2, 195, Herndon, Va.
Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Sr., 6-7, 225, Newark, N.J.
2009-10 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Jerome Dyson, Connecticut, G, Sr., 6-3, 190, Potomac, Md.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, So., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Samardo Samuels, Louisville, F, So., 6-9, 260, Trelawny, Jamaica
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Jr., 6-5, 185, Bronx, N.Y.
Dominique Jones, USF, G, Jr., 6-4, 205, Lake Wales, Fla.
Devin Ebanks, West Virginia, F, So., 6-9, 210, Long Island City, N.Y.
- a tie in the balloting created six positions
2009-10 Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
Stanley Robinson, Connecticut, F, Sr., 6-9, 210, Birmingham, Ala.
Arinze Onuaku, Syracuse, C, Sr., 6-9, 275, Lanham, Md