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October 16, 2013

SEC Basketball Day 1 Notes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - As expected, Wednesday was a love-fest for Kentucky at the 2013-14 SEC Basketball Media Days. John Calipari headlined the roster of Day 1 coaches as the league announced that the Wildcats were both the preseason pick to win the championship and the possessor of the preseason Player of the Year in true freshman Julius Randle (F, 6-foot-9, 250) as voted on by the media.

Also as expected, very little respect was accorded coach Frank Martin's South Carolina team, which was picked to finish twelfth in the 14-team league and had no representatives on either the first- or second-team All-SEC squad.

It was the ninth time since the 1998-99 season that Kentucky has been the preseason favorite to win the league.

SEC Preseason Media Poll
Team Points
1. Kentucky (21) 371
2. Florida (5) 353
3. Tennessee (1) 320
4. LSU 270
5. Missouri 262
6. Alabama 257
7. Mississippi 216
8. Arkansas 197
9. Texas A&M 139
10. Vanderbilt 125
11. Georgia 119
12. South Carolina 108
13. Mississippi State 59
14. Auburn 39

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford - Alabama, G, 6-0, 190, Sr.
Julius Randle - Kentucky, F, 6-9, 250, Fr.
Johnny O'Bryant - LSU, F, 6-9, 256, Jr.
Marshall Henderson - Mississippi
Jordan McRae - Tennessee, G, 6-6, 185, Sr.

Second Team All-SEC
Scottie Wilbekin - Florida, G, 6-2, 176, Sr.
Patric Young - Florida, C, 6-9, 240, Sr.
Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, 244, So.
Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr.
Dakari Johnson - Kentucky, C, 7-0, 265, Fr.
Jabari Brown - Missouri, G, 6-5, 214, Jr.
Jeronne Maymon - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Sr.
Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Jr.

The South Carolina women's basketball team was equally unheralded by the media. Despite winning 25 games and making the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons, coach Dawn Staley's team was picked to finish seventh in the league and had no players selected to the All-SEC team. Tennessee was picked to win the SEC, while the Volunteers' Meighan Simmons was chosen as the Player of the Year.

Conference notes:
The SEC has won three of the last eight NCAA titles (2006-2007 Florida, 2012 Kentucky). No other conference has won more than two championships in that stretch.

Eight SEC teams ranked in the Top 100 of the final regular season NCAA basketball RPI in 2013. Only the Big East (11) and Atlantic 10 (10) had more.

Every team in the SEC has made at least one NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 10 years.

The SEC led all conferences with 12 players selected in the 2012 NBA Draft, including eight first-rounders.

The SEC has had at least one team advance to the Sweet 16 in 23 of the last 24 years.

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