Florida predicted second, Frazier honored

SEC Basketball Media Day took place on Wednesday at the SEC Network studio in Charlotte, N.C.

Members of the media predicted Florida to finish second in the league. Kentucky, who received all 20 first-place votes, was picked to win the league.

The Gators were 22 points short of Kentucky in the voting, and third-place Arkansas was 32 points shy of Florida. The perception that there is a gap between the top two teams in the league seems to be echoed by the media.

Behind Arkansas, LSU was voted fourth, followed by Georgia, Ole Miss, Missouri, Auburn, Texas A&M, Alabama, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

The Gators lost four starters from last year’s 36-3 team that reached the Final Four but fell to Connecticut in the national semifinal.

Michael Frazier was Florida’s lone player voted on the first or second team All-SEC. The junior was one of three guards voted to the first team. Frazier is the lone returning starter for Florida after averaging 12.4 points last season while setting the program record for three-pointers made in one season with 118. Frazier was named the SEC Player of the Week twice.

In his first two seasons, Frazier is shoot 45.3 percent from behind the three-point line and has 170 total three-pointers. Of his total 482 field goal attempts, 375 of them have come from behind the three-point line.

The challenge for Frazier this year is to become a more complete scorer for the Gators. With the other four starters from last year’s team gone, opposing defenses will lock in to stop Frazier’s three-point shooting.

Reigning SEC Sixth Man of the Year Dorian Finney-Smith will be counted on to score more this year, but Billy Donovan expects his team to still be a balanced scoring unit. Second-year players Kasey Hill and Chris Walker will also be counted on to take a step forward, and freshman Devin Robinson continues to draw rave reviews out of practices.

The Gators open the season against William & Mary on November 14 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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