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UK picked to win SEC

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - They’re the defending National Champions and with a consensus pre-season prediction that they will be a top-5 national club this year, Kentucky is the pre-season pick to win it all in the SEC in a poll of both SEC and national media members. Each SEC school selected media members that cover their team and additional
media from across the nation were selected by the conference office to form the voting panel.

The Wildcats, who are coming off a 38-2 season that saw them post a 16-0 record in the SEC on their way to winning their eighth national
championship, earned 17 first-place votes. Florida earned five first-place votes while Missouri and Tennessee each received one vote.

Last week Kentucky was ranked third nationally in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ hoops poll while Florida was 10th and
Missouri was 17th. Tennessee and Georgia were among the teams receiving votes.

UK’s Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress were selected on the pre-season first and second teams respectively even though they haven’t played their first official collegiate game.

Missouri junior Phil Pressey was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year with six votes.

The 2012-13 SEC Media Preseason Poll tips off SEC Basketball Media Day, October 25 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama. The
2012-13 season begins November 9, with conference play set to begin January 8. The 2013 SEC Tournament will be held March 13-17 at
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Here’s a look at the first and second teams as well as the pre-season voting:

First Team All-SEC
BJ Young – Arkansas, G, 6-3, 180, So., St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton – Florida, G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Nerlens Noel – Kentucky, F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Phil Pressey – Missouri, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

Second Team All-SEC
Marshawn Powell – Arkansas, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
Patric Young – Florida, C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Georgia, G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Michael Dixon, Jr. – Missouri, G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, F, 6-7, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.

SEC Player of the Year: Phil Pressey, Missouri

Preseason Media Poll Pts
Kentucky (17) ....................................328
Florida (5)..........................................310
Missouri (1) .......................................286
Tennessee (1) ....................................269
Arkansas............................................226
Alabama............................................222
Ole Miss............................................186
Georgia .............................................149
Texas A&M .......................................122
Vanderbilt .........................................120
LSU ...................................................116
Auburn................................................95
South Carolina.....................................54
Mississippi State ..................................37
First-Place Votes in Parentheses


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