The Creighton men’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in its first season in the Big East in a preseason poll of league coaches.
Two-time first-team All-American Doug McDermott was named the preseason player of the year. He was picked twice for that honor while CU was in the Missouri Valley.
Marquette, which shared the 2012-13 Big East regular-season crown, was picked to win the 2013-14 title. The Golden Eagles, who have nine letterwinners and two starters back from last year’s squad that reached the NCAA Elite Eight, received five of 10 first-place votes and finished with 74 points in the poll.
Georgetown was second with 70 points, including two first-place votes. The Hoyas were in a three-way tie with Marquette for first place last year at 14-4 and finished 25-7 overall. Coach John Thompson III must find a way to replace Big East player of the year Otto Porter, Jr., but he can build around first-team guard Markel Starks.
Newcomer Creighton has been slotted for third place with 61 points and one first-place vote. Last year, CU put together a 28-8 record that included advancing to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Coach Greg McDermott has four returning starters, including his son, Doug, who has been a consensus All-American for the past two seasons. This is the 14th straight season Creighton has been picked for a top-four finish in its league.
Villanova was fourth, St. John’s fifth, Providence sixth, Xavier seventh, Seton Hall eighth, Butler ninth and DePaul 10th.
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