Predicted order of finish by division:
Eastern Division 1. Florida 2. Georgia 3. Kentucky 4. South Carolina 5. Tennessee 6. Vanderbilt Western Division 1. Alabama 2. Mississippi State 3. LSU 4. Ole Miss 5. Arkansas 6. Auburn
Alabama's senior power forward Erwin Dudley, the 2002 SEC Player of the Year, was voted the preseason favorite to repeat as the league's best player. Georgia's Jarvis Hayes was second, followed by Mississippi State's Mario Austin and Kentucky's Keith Bogans.
The media's preseason All-SEC team included two Tide first team players, Dudley and sophomore point guard Mo Williams, as well as Austin, Hayes and Florida's Brett Nelson.
2002-03 All-SEC Pre-Season First Team
Pos. Name (School) Ht. Wt. Class Hometown PPG RPG F/C Erwin Dudley, Ala. 6-8 260 Sr. Uniontown, AL 15.2 8.9 F Mario Austin, MSU 6-9 260 Jr. York, AL 16.1 5.7 F Jarvis Hayes, Ga. 6-7 220 Jr. Atlanta, GA 18.6 8.0 G Mo Williams, Ala. 6-1 195 So. Jackson, MS 10.4 4.5 apg G Brett Nelson, Fla. 6-4 205 Sr. St. Albans, WV 14.6 3.3 apg
Basketball fans will get a chance to see Alabama's team in action this Friday night, November 1 when the Tide hosts the EA Sports All-Stars in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. CT in Coleman Coliseum.
Tickets, available at the door are only $5 for the exhibition game.