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Preseason Big East basketball poll: Notre Dame lands at No. 3

The Notre Dame basketball team was picked to finish third in the Big East in 2012-13 by members of the conference media.

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Big East this year by members of the media. Louisville was a unanimous pick to finish first, and Syracuse was selected as the second best team. Notre Dame finished the 2011-12 season in third place in the Big East with a 13-5 conference record.

The Irish open their season at home in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Nov. 10 vs. Evansville and Nov. 12 vs. Monmouth. The finals for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic will be held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn starting on Nov. 16.

Here are the full results of the media poll:

1. Louisville Cardinals 15 (15 first-place votes)

2. Syracuse Orange 33

3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 49

4. Cincinnati Bearcats 63

5. Pittsburgh Panthers 78

6. Georgetown Hoyas 97

7. Marquette Golden Eagles 109

8. South Florida Bulls 123

9. Connecticut Huskies 159

10. St. John's Red Storm 163

11. Rutgers Scarlet Knights 167

12. Villanova Wildcats 171

13. Providence Friars 176

14. Seton Hall Pirates 188

15. DePaul Blue Demons 209