SEC Media Pick Kentucky as SEC Champion, Phil Pressey as SEC POY

Posted by KAlmekinder on October 22nd, 2012

No surprises here: The SEC media has chosen the Kentucky Wildcats to repeat as SEC champs. John Calipari’s team, coming off the first perfect season in conference regular season play since they last accomplished the feat in the 2002-03 campaign, received 328 total votes, including 17 first place selections. Florida finished second in the voting with 310 votes (five first place votes), Missouri third (286, one) and Tennessee fourth (269, one). Mississippi State, with new head coach Rick Ray and the loss of stars Dee Bost, Renardo Sidney, and Arnett Moultrie, was picked dead last with 37 votes, over 150 votes below the Bulldogs’ preseason ranking last year. The Vanderbilt Commodores, after surprisingly winning the 2012 SEC Tournament last season, also lost nearly the same number of votes as Mississippi State because of a similarly large personnel losses. The full preseason poll is listed below.

Kentucky was picked to repeat as SEC Champs by the media on Monday

SEC Preseason Media Poll

  1. Kentucky (17)  328
  2. Florida (5)         310
  3. Missouri (1)      286
  4. Tennessee (1)   269
  5. Arkansas            226
  6. Alabama             222
  7. Ole Miss              186
  8. Georgia               149
  9. Texas A&M        122
  10. Vanderbilt         120
  11. LSU                       116
  12. Auburn               95
  13. South Carolina 54
  14. Mississippi State 37
The media also chose its preseason first and second-team all-SEC players on Monday. The top four teams in the voting were represented equally while Arkansas and Georgia added three more players to round out both conference teams. Junior Missouri guard Phil Pressey was picked as preseason Player of the Year with six votes, just ahead of Florida’s senior guard Kenny Boynton, who received five votes and is the only returning all-SEC first team player from last season’s final awards. Arkansas’ BJ Young and Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon were also named second team all-SEC last March and are in the preseason list below.


First Team All-SEC

  • BJ Young – Arkansas
  • Kenny Boynton – Florida
  • Nerlens Noel – Kentucky
  • Phil Pressey – Missouri (POY)
  • Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee

Second Team All-SEC

  • Marshawn Powell – Arkansas
  • Patric Young – Florida
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Georgia
  • Alex Poythress – Kentucky
  • Michael Dixon, Jr. – Missouri
  • Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee
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