Blog – MSU picked to finish last in SEC in basketball

SEC Media Relations

Birmingham, Ala. – Kentucky was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the 10th time since the 1998-99 season, tallied all 20 first-place votes.

Kentucky sophomore Aaron Harrison was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Aaron Harrison was one of five Wildcats that received votes in the preseason Player of the Year voting, joining Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl-Anthony Towns. Georgia’s Charles Mann, LSU’s Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey along with Ole Miss’ Jarvis Summers also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Aaron Harrison, Mickey and Summers were each All-SEC First Team selections along with Arkansas’ Bobby Portis and Florida’s Michael Frazier II.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team.

The 2014-15 campaign begins November 14, with conference play set to begin January 6. The 2015 SEC Tournament will be March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis – Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Michael Frazier II – Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas

Jordan Mickey – LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Jarvis Summers – Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC

Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.

Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas

Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Preseason Media Poll                        Pts

  1. Kentucky (20)                           280
  2. Florida                        258
  3. Arkansas                       226
  4. LSU                            223
  5. Georgia                        204
  6. Ole Miss                           168
  7. Missouri                       123
  8. Auburn                         113
  9. Texas A&M                            111
  10. Alabama                        109
  11. Vanderbilt                     89
  12. South Carolina                       86
  13. Tennessee                      75
  14. Mississippi State                          35

First-Place Votes in Parentheses

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