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Marquette will be ranked for the first time since these two laced them up at the same time going into the season.

Big East writers preseason poll
The Big East writers revealed how they thought the season would shake out, predicting Syracuse to top the league, Providence to hang on for dear life, and our very own Golden Eagles to finish in fifth. DJO also selected to the All-Big East team, receiving two votes for Player of the Year.

Big East coaches poll
When it came to the actual vote by the coaches, Marquette dropped down a place, projected to finish 6th, with Connecticut and Syracuse sharing the top spot. Ashton Gibbs was tagged as the preseason player of the year, dashing twitter rumors from the summer that DJO would get the nod. DJO did, however, make the Big East First Team while Jae Crowder merited an honorable mention.

USA Today coaches poll
The first official coaches poll of the 2011-’12 season has North Carolina as the almost unanimous No. 1 team in the country, receiving 30 of a 31 possible first place votes. Marquette makes an appearance on the preliminary poll for the first time since the Three Amigos ran campus (starting the year ranked 17th), slotting in at No. 21. The ranking seems very appropriate at the moment with the current talent at hand, and I foresee the Golden Eagles sneaking up into the mid teens by the time the Big East rolls around. .

Top 100 college players
The CBS Sports crew decided to rank the top 100 players in college basketball, choosing Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger as its No. 1 choice. Marquette-wise, seniors Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder both merited mentions. DJO was tagged as No. 53 with the following said about him: “DJO! Incredibly tough player who’s about as businesslike as you can find at the college level. Plays about four inches taller than he is (6-feet-2).” Crowder snuck into the list by the skin of his teeth, taking over the 99th spot. ” One of the most difficult matchups in the Big East, Crowder can score inside and out.”

Blue Ribbon preview
A little birdie’s cousin’s friend told me that if I was looking for as in depth a preview of the upcoming season for Marquette as I could ever hope for, I would look here. Don’t say I told you so.

Pros vs college joes
New Journal-Sentinel Marquette beat writer Tom Enlund talks to Buzz and co. about the impact of the lockout on Marquette and how it has been quite a boon.

Recruiting changes to come
Some fairly big changes are coming when it comes to recruiting, here’s a nice, easily digestible summary from John Dodds.

Conference realignment is still an issue 
Lest we forget about the Big East imploding, here’s one writers take as to what the Big East should be doing. I don’t particularly agree, but it’s good to get back to reality once in a while after the highs of Madness and media day.

Huge thank you!
Finally, we would like to give a huge shout out to the folks at Cracked Sidewalks for the links and retweets and general support they have given us as we endeavor to make good use of our senior year. Hopefully we can continue to provide tasty content throughout the season. Same goes for the Anonymous Eagle blog, which has been helpful since day one. A sincere and resounding thank you, from all of us here at Paint Touches.

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