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Pitt Picked 4th in Big East Coaches Poll; Gibbs is Preseason Player of the Year

Today is Awkward-Fest 2011 (aka Big East Media Day) and this morning Pitt was picked to finish 4th in the Big East this season and received 1 first-place vote. Syracuse and Connecticut tied for 1st place and Louisville was picked 3rd. The coaches are not allowed to rank their own teams on their ballots. 

Ashton Gibbs was also given the title of Big East Preseason Player of the Year and was named to the All-Big East 1st Team.

The results of the poll are as followed:

T-1: Connecticut (7) 209

T-1: Syracuse (5) 209

3: Louisville (3) 201

4: Pittsburgh (1) 188

5: Cincinnati 169

6: Marquette 155

7: West Virginia 132

8: Villanova 127

9: Notre Dame 114

10: Georgetown 104

11: Rutgers 75

12: St. John's 71

13: Seton Hall 56

14: South Florida 43

15: Providence 40

16: DePaul 27

Player awards after the jump

Preseason Player of the Year: Ashton Gibbs, Pitt

Preseason Rookie of the Year: Andre Drummond, Connecticut

All-Big East 1st Team:

Ashton Gibbs, Pitt

Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut

Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette

Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame

Kris Joesph, Syracuse

Kevin Jones, West Virginia

All-Big East 2nd Team:

Yancy Gates, Cincinnati

Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut

Peyton Siva, Louisville

Scoop Jardine, Syracuse

Maalik Wayns, Villanova

All-Big East 3rd Team:

Andre Drummond, Connecticut

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Cleveland Melvin, DePaul

Jae Crowder, Marquette

Augustus Gilchrist, South Florida