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Preseason Big East basketball poll: Villanova ranked No. 12

After a 13-19 season last year, the Wildcats come in toward the bottom half of the Syracuse Post-Standard's annual poll.

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The Villanova Wildcats were pegged to finish 12th in the Syracuse Post-Standard's annual Big East writers poll released Tuesday morning.

Louisville earned all 15 first-place votes to take the top spot. Here is the official list, with points earned:

  1. Louisville,15
  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

The Wildcats went 13-19 overall last season and 4-11 in the Big East.

Villanova returns eight players from last year's squad, including seniors Mouphtaou Yarou and Maurice Sutton, and junior James Bell. JayVaughn Pinkston is one of four sophomores who return to the Wildcats.

Villanova will open its season at home Nov. 9 against the University of District Columbia at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will have five games before they face No. 20 Vanderbilt on the road on Dec. 1.

The Wildcats will get their shot at Louisville at home on Jan. 22.