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Preseason Big East basketball poll: South Florida at No. 8

A year after making the NCAA Tournament, the Bulls are picked to finish in the middle of the Big East.

Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Using a grinding defense, the South Florida Bulls made a run in the NCAA Tournament last season. That performance earned the team some respect, as the Bulls were picked to finish No. 8 in the preseason coaches poll, ahead of perennial contenders Connecticut and Villanova.

The coaches seem to agree that Stan Heath has South Florida out of the Big East basement after the job he did last season.

The unanimous top team in the poll was Louisville, who received all 15 first place votes. The Cardinals were followed by Syracuse and Notre Dame.

The full poll can be seen below:

1. Louisville 15 (15 1st-place votes)

2. Syracuse 33

3. Notre Dame 49

4. Cincinnati 63

5. Pittsburgh 78

6. Georgetown 97

7. Marquette 109

8. South Florida 123

9. Connecticut 159

10. St. John's 163

11. Rutgers 167

12. Villanova 171

13. Providence 176

14. Seton Hall 188

15. DePaul 209

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