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Sporting News ranks Syracuse 26th

The Sporting News - which features former Niagara Falls star Paul Harris on one of its covers - has the Orange rated No. 26 in the nation in its pre-season top 40, and sixth in the Big East. Here's TSN's predictions for the Big East, Atlantic 10, Mid-American Conference and Metro Athletic Athletic Conference:

Big East
1. UConn
2. Louisville
3. Pitt
4. Notre Dame
5. Marquette
6. Cuse
7. Villanova
8. Georgetown
9. West Virginia
10. Cincinnati
11. Providence
12. Seton Hall
13. Rutgers
14. DePaul
15. St. John's
16. South Florida

Best athlete: Paul Harris, Syracuse
Best leader: Jonny Flynn, Syracuse
All Big East: Flynn

A-10
1. Xavier
2. Temple
3. Charlotte
4. Dayton
5. Saint Joseph's
6. Richmond
7. Saint Louis
8. Rhode Island
9. La Salle
10. UMass
11. George Washington
12. Duquesne
13. Fordham
14. St. Bonaventure

MAC
East Division
1. Miami
2. Akron
3. Bowling Green
4. Kent State
5. Ohio
6. UB

West Division
1. Western Michigan
2. Eastern Michigan
3. Central Michigan
4. Northern Illinois
5. Toledo
6. Ball State

Best interview: Reggie Witherspoon, Buffalo

MAAC
1. Siena
2. Niagara
3. Rider
4. Loyola
5. Iona
6. Canisius
7. Fairfield
8. Manhattan
9. Marist
10. Saint Peter's

Top newcomer: Bilal Benn, Niagara
Top coach: Joe Mihalich, Niagara
All-MAAC Team: Frank Turner, Canisius

---Rodney McKissic

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