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Hoop Hogs Picked Second in SEC West

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Hoop Hogs Picked Second in SEC West
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In the annual vote of the media at Southeastern Conference Basketball Media Day on Thursday, Arkansas has been picked to finish second in the Western Division.

Kentucky is predicted to repeat as champion. UK took 20 of 23 votes while Florida received the remaining three tallies. Last season, Florida and Kentucky were SEC co-champions. The Wildcats were an overwhelming favorite as well to win the Eastern Division while Alabama took 15 votes and is predicted to win the Western Division. The Razorbacks, who return four starters and 10 lettermen from last year’s 20-11 club which finished second in the division and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in 14 years, received five first-place votes.

UK senior forward Tayshaun Prince was the choice for the league’s Player of the Year, garnering 17 votes. Joining Prince on the All-SEC team are Kentucky junior guard Keith Bogans, junior guard Brett Nelson and senior center Udonis Haslem of Florida and Alabama junior guard/forward Rod Grizzard.

SEC Basketball Predictions (23 voters)
CHAMPION – Kentucky (20), Florida (3).

EASTERN DIVISION
1. Kentucky (20) 26
2. Florida (3) 43
3. Tennessee 76
4. South Carolina 98
5. Georgia 105
6. Vanderbilt 123

WESTERN DIVISION
1. Alabama (15) 33
2. Arkansas (5) 60
3. Ole Miss (2) 66
4. Auburn (1) 78
5. LSU 121
6. Mississippi State 125

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Tayshaun Prince, Kentucky (17), Udonis Haslem, Florida(3), Keith Bogans, Kentucky (1), Brett Nelson, Florida (1) [1 person did not fill in POY].

FIRST-TEAM PRESEASON ALL-SEC
G – Brett Nelson, Florida 17
G – Keith Bogans, Kentucky 15
C – Udonis Haslem, Florida 22
F – Tayshaun Prince, Kentucky 22
G/F – Rod Grizzard, Alabama 11



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