Stuart McNair

Kentucky is the favorite to win the SEC men’s basketball title

Coach Avery Johnson’s men’s basketball team opens play Nov. 11

The Southeastern Conference hand picks journalists and television broadcasters to vote in a preseason basketball poll, unlike the preseason football poll that is voted on by those attending the media days event. Basketball has only a one-day event, being held in Nashville today.

It probably wouldn’t change things too much to have those in Nashville do the voting. Or, for that matter, pick out a dozen or so guys wandering down the street.

As has been the case 12 times since the 1998-99 season, Kentucky is the preseason pick to win the SEC title.

Alabama finished in the top half of the vote, coming in seventh, but Coach Avery Johnson’s Crimson Tide didn’t put any players on the preseason All-SEC team.

Arkansas senior forward Moses Kingsley was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. Georgia’s J.J. Frazier and Yante Maten; Kentucky’s Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk; and Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Kingsley, Frazier, Adebayo, Fox and Davis were each All-SEC First Team selections. Maten, Briscoe and Monk were second team picks, along with Florida’s KeVaughn Allen, LSU’s Antonio Blakeney, Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon and Vanderbilt’s Luke Kornet.

Following Kentucky in the voting were 2. Florida, 3. Texas A&M, 4. Georgia, 5. Arkansas, 6. Vanderbilt, 7. Alabama, 8. South Carolina, 9. Ole Miss, 10. Mississippi State, 11. Auburn, 12. LSU, 13. Tennessee, and 14. Missouri.

The 2016-17 campaign begins Nov. 11 with Alabama hosting Coastal Carolina. The Tide will have an exhibition game against Faulkner on Nov. 3. Conference play begins Dec. 29 , but Bama’s first SEC game will be Jan. 3 at Mississippi State.

The 2017 SEC Tournament will be March 8-12 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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