Creighton and DePaul are Big East coaches' preseason picks

BY foxsports • October 11, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Creighton and DePaul are the coaches' picks to win the Big East Conference.

It's the first time in 14 years there's been a tie atop the league's preseason coaches' poll, which was released Tuesday. Each school received five first-place votes. Blue Demons guard Jessica January was picked as the conference's player of the year.

Marquette is third in the poll. The Golden Eagles are followed by Villanova, Georgetown, St. John's, Seton Hall, Butler, Xavier and Providence.

Joining January on the preseason first team are teammate Brooke Schulte; Audrey Faber, MC McGrory and Marissa Janning of Creighton; Natisha Hiedeman and Allazia Blockton of Marquette; Dionna White of Georgetown; Raeshaun Gaffney of Xavier; Adrianna Hahn and Alex Louin of Villanova; and Dorothy Adomako of Georgetown.

Villanova's Kelly Jekot is the preseason freshman of the year.

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