Notre Dame was picked to finish seventh in the Big East in the preseason coach's poll, announced Wednesday at the Big East basketball media day in New York.
The Irish went 10-8 in league play last season and finished 23-12 overall.
Pittsburgh was picked to win the conference title with 12 first-place votes followed by Villanova and Syracuse, last year's regular-season champion.
The Irish's Tim Abromaitis was named to the preseason All-Big East second team. The 6-foot-8 senior forward averaged 16.1 points last season.
Georgetown guard Austin Freeman, who averaged 16.5 points last season, was named the preseason player of the year, and Syracuse's Fab Melo was selected as the rookie of the year.
Preseason coaches' poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Pittsburgh (12) 222 points
2. Villanova (1) 208
3. Syracuse (2) 187
4. Georgetown 173
5. West Virginia 164
6. St. John's (1) 145
7. Notre Dame 123
T8. Louisville 121
T8. Marquette 121
10. Connecticut 113
11. Seton Hall 104
12. Cincinnati 91
13. South Florida 54
14. Providence 36
15. Rutgers 32
16. DePaul 26
Big East individual preseason awards
Player of the Year
Austin Freeman, Georgetown
Rookie of the Year
Fab Melo, Syracuse
Austin Freeman, Georgetown (Player of the Year), G, Sr., 6-3 ½, 227, Mitchellville, Md.
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 172, Bronx, N.Y.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr., 6-2, 190, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall, G, Sr., 6-5, 188, Bronx, N.Y.
Corey Fisher, Villanova, G, Sr., 6-1, 200, Bronx, N.Y.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Jr., 6-8, 255, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Chris Wright, Georgetown, G, Sr., 6-1, 208, Washington, D.C.
Jimmy Butler, Marquette, F, Sr., 6-7, 220, Tomball, Texas
Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-8, 235, Unionville, Conn.
D.J. Kennedy, St. John's, G/F, Sr., 6-5, 214, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-7, 207, Montreal, Quebec
Yancy Gates, Cincinnati, F, Sr., 6-9, 260, Cincinnati, Ohio
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette, G, Jr., 6-2, 215, Raleigh, N.C.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse, F, Sr., 6-9, 240, Philadelphia, Pa.