Tide Men's Hoops Picked 4th In SEC

The Alabama men's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the Southeastern Conference this season as voted on by the league's media in the annual preseason media poll.

Alabama's JaMychal Green was also named preseason first team All-SEC and received one vote for SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year.

Points were compiled on a 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.

Kentucky was picked first with 18 of the 23 first-place votes followed by Vanderbilt, Florida, and Alabama.

Last year Florida led the league with a 13-3 record and Bama had the second best record with a 12-4 mark and won the SEC Western Division. This year there are no divisions and teams were picked 1-12.

After Alabama was 5. Mississippi State, 6. Arkansas, 7. Ole Miss, 8. Georgia, 9. LSU, 10. Auburn, 11. Tennessee, and 12. South Carolina.

Green was joined on the All-SEC first team by Vanderbilt's John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor, Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Mississippi State's Dee Bost. Jones was named the league's preseason Player of the Year with 12 of the 23 votes.

The Tide returns its top three scorers from the 2010-11 team that won 25 games and advanced to the NIT Championship game, but neither Tony Mitchell, who was second team All-SEC last year, nor Trevor Releford, who was Freshman All-SEC in 2010-11, was selected on the first two teams this year. Green led UA in both scoring and rebounding with 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

UA opens the regular season on Nov. 11 against North Florida at home following a Nov. 7 exhibition contest against UAH.

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