Georgetown, Louisville co-favorites in Big East, Irish 9th

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Big East basketball coaches are putting Georgetown and Louisville at the top of the conference.

They're co-favorites in the new coaches poll out today.

Georgetown has four starters back from its Final Four team and Louisville returns its top seven scorers from last year.

Georgetown's seven-foot center Roy Hibbert was the preseason player of the year.

Georgetown and Louisville both received eight first-place votes and 217 points in the balloting of the league's 16 coaches.

Louisville centers David Padgett and guard Terrence Williams were named to the preseason all-conference team.

Notre Dame is ranked ninth.

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