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UConn preseason choice in Big East

Updated: October 29, 2003, 6:16 PM ET
ESPN

NEW YORK -- Connecticut was picked to win the Big East in the conference coaches' preseason poll Wednesday.

The Huskies' junior center Emeka Okafor was the preseason player of the year, and freshman forward Charlie Villanueva the preseason rookie of the year. It's only the fourth time a Big East school claimed both of those honors.

Connecticut received 13 of 14 first-place votes; coaches couldn't vote for their team. The Huskies return three starters from a team that went 23-10 and ...

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