Davis tabbed 1st team SEC, Tigers 2nd in west

In an interesting voting twist, LSU forward Glen Davis, the 2006 SEC Player of the Year, was the only player named on every first-team ballot on the media's preseason All-SEC team, but was not chosen the preseason Player of the Year as SEC Basketball Tipoff 2007 came to an end Thursday morning in Birmingham.

Maybe more surprising than that was the fact that Joakim Noah of defending national champion Florida was left off three of the 29 votes cast by a panel of media for the preseason league team.


Of the 29 voters, Noah was picked the league's Player of the Year on 14 ballots, while Davis was named on 11 ballots with Ronald Steele of Alabama getting three votes and Kentucky's Randolph Morris one. Joining Noah, Davis and Steele on the first team were Tennessee's Chris Lofton and Florida's Al Horford.


The second team preseason team was Florida's Corey Brewer and Taurean Green as well as Alabama's Jermareo Davidson, Vanderbilt's Shan Foster and Mississippi State's Jamont Gordon.


In league standings predictions by the media, Alabama was picked to win the West by 16 media members, earning 43 points on a 1-2-3-4-5-6 voting method which meant 13 members picked LSU, totaling 46 points.  Both teams were picked to finish in third on one ballot and the remaining of the 29 that voted the teams' one-two in the Western Division.


Arkansas was the choice in third with 97 points, followed by Mississippi State (108), Auburn (147) and Ole Miss (168).


In the East, 28 of the 29 media members picked Florida first, earning 30 points with Kentucky getting the other first-place vote and 62 points. Tennessee was picked third (84), followed by Vanderbilt (84), South Carolina (146) and Georgia (149).


However, in the separate vote for an overall SEC champion, while Florida was the overwhelming pick to win the league in 2007 with 21 votes, LSU and Alabama reversed positions and five voters picked LSU to win the league and three picked the Crimson Tide.


LSU opens its exhibition season on Nov. 9 against EA Sports and opens the regular season at home on Nov. 17 against Nicholls State at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Tickets for all LSU men's basketball games are on sale at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and online at www.LSUsports.net.


SEC Pre-Season Media Voting


SEC Champion -- Florida (21), LSU (5), Alabama (3)


Eastern Division

1. Florida (28)/30 pts

2. Kentucky (1)/62 pts

3. Tennessee/84 pts

4. Vanderbilt/138 pts

5. South Carolina/146 pts

6. Georgia/149 pts


Western Division

1. Alabama (16)/43 pts

2. LSU (13)/46 pts

3. Arkansas/97 pts

4. Mississippi State/108 pts

5. Auburn/147 pts

6. Ole Miss/168 pts


All-SEC First Team (Listed by Vote Total)

*Glen Davis, LSU (29)/6-9/295/F/Jr./Baton Rouge, La.

Ronald Steele, Alabama (28)/6-3/185/G/Jr./Birmingham, Ala.

Joakim Noah, Florida (26)/6-11/232/F-C/Jr./New York, N.Y.

Chris Lofton, Tennessee (21)/6-2/197/G/Jr./Maysville, Ky.

Al Horford, Florida (10)/6-10/245/F-C/Jr./Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic


All-SEC Second Team (Listed by Vote Total)

Corey Brewer, Florida (9)/6-9/185/F/Jr./Portland, Tenn.

Jermareo Davidson, Alabama (5)/6-10/230/F/Sr./Atlanta, Ga.

Shan Foster, Vanderbilt (5)/6-6/200/G-F/Jr./Kenner, La.

Jamont Gordon, Miss. State (3)/6-4/225/G-F/So./Nashville, Tenn.

Taurean Green, Florida (3)/6-0/177/G/Jr./Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Player of the Year

Joakim Noah, Florida (14), Glen Davis, LSU (11), Ronald Steele, Alabama (3), Randolph Morris, Kentucky (1).

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