Gator Basketball Picked to Win SEC

The expectations for Florida basketball continue to grow. The team was picked to win the 2011 SEC basketball championship in voting by a panel of SEC and national media members. The Gators also put two players on the All-SEC second team.

Florida received eight of the 16 total first place votes to win the conference. Mississippi State recorded three first place votes, while Kentucky and Tennessee each were given two. Georgia was given one first place vote.

The Gators received 13 of 16 first place votes to win the SEC East. The remaining three votes went to Kentucky, who was predicted to finish second in the East. Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina were picked to finish out the SEC East standings, respectively.

Mississippi State fell two votes short of a unanimous selection to win the SEC West. The other two votes went to Ole Miss. Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn were picked to finish out the SEC West standings, respectively.

Despite being picked to win the conference, the Gators didn't place one player on the First Team. However, guard Kenny Boynton and forward Chandler Parsons were both selected to the Preseason All-SEC Second Team.

Georgia forward Trey Thompkins was the media's choice for SEC Basketball Player of the Year. He was given 18 votes, while Ole Miss guard Chris Warren and Kentucky guard Brandon Knight were given one vote each.

Knight not only received a vote for SEC Player of the Year without playing a college game, he also was selected to the All-SEC First Team. He was the only freshman on either team, and only one sophomore was selected to either, as Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell was selected to the Second Team.

The Gators open their exhibition schedule October 28 at home against Florida Tech.

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