Hoops media pick UK men, UT women

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Lady Vols are predicted to repeat as Southeastern Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Champions in a vote of media attending the 2003-04 SEC Basketball Media Day at the Sheraton Birmingham.

Kentucky received 21 of 40 votes to repeat as conference champions while Florida was on 18 ballots and Mississippi State received one vote.

The Wildcats edged out Florida for first place in the Eastern Division, being listed on 22 of 40 ballots while Florida was on the other 18. The final margin for first in the East was four points. Kentucky and Florida were listed as the top two teams in the Eastern Division on all 40 ballots. Tennessee was predicted third, Vanderbilt fourth, Georgia fifth and South Carolina sixth.

LSU was named on 21 ballots as the predicted winner of the Western Division. Auburn was named as the winner on 10 ballots and placed second while Miss. State was predicted first on six ballots and was third. Arkansas, Alabama and Ole Miss rounded out the Western Division. Each team in the Western Division was named as a predicted winner of the division on at least one ballot.

On the women's side, Tennessee was listed first on 14 of 24 ballots while LSU was predicted first on six ballots and placed second. Georgia received three first-place votes and was third while Vanderbilt obtained one first-place vote and was fourth. Auburn, Miss. State, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama and Ole Miss rounded out the field.

In Player of the Year voting, Vanderbilt senior forward Matt Freije was predicted for the honors, receiving 13 votes. Last season, Freije averaged 17.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and is the SEC's top returning scorer. Florida's David Lee and LSU's Jaime Lloreda received 10 votes each and Kentucky's Gerald Fitch was on four ballots. Florida's Anthony Roberson joined those four on the first-team All-SEC squad.

On the second-team All-SEC men's squad was Miss. State's Timmy Bowers and Lawrence Roberts, Ole Miss' Justin Reed and Auburn's Kyle Davis and Marco Killingsworth.

LSU sophomore guard/forward Seimone Augustus was named the SEC Player of the Year on 10 of the women's ballots. Last season, Augustus was named National Freshman of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year, averaging 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Mississippi State's Tan White, Vanderbilt's Jenni Benningfield, Tennessee's Shyra Ely and Florida's Vanessa Hayden join Augustus on the first-team.

On the second-team All-SEC women's squad was Georgia's Christi Thomas, LSU's Temeka Johnson, Arkansas' Shameka Christon, Auburn's Natasha Brackett and in a tie for the fifth spot - Loree Moore of Tennessee, Georgia's Kara Braxton and Auburn's Le'Coe Willingham.

The breakdown of the voting is below:

2003-04 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY VOTING (As voted by media in attendance)

MEN'S BASKETBALL

SEC CHAMPION
Kentucky 21
Florida 18
Mississippi State 1

EASTERN DIVISION
Kentucky (22) 223
Florida (18) 219
Tennessee 129
Vanderbilt 119
Georgia 87
South Carolina 72

WESTERN DIVISION
LSU (21) 205
Auburn (10) 181
Miss. State (6) 167
Arkansas (1) 107
Alabama (1) 93
Ole Miss (1) 87

ALL-SEC TEAM
First-Team
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky 36
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt 31
David Lee, Florida 29
Jaime Lloreda, LSU 23
Anthony Roberson, Fla 17

Second-Team
Timmy Bowers, Miss. St 15
Justin Reed, Ole Miss 12
Kyle Davis, Auburn 8
Lawrence Roberts, Miss. St 5
Marco Killingsworth, Auburn 4

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Matt Freije, Vanderbilt 13
David Lee, Florida 10
Jaime Lloreda, LSU 10
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky 4
Matt Walsh, Florida 1
No Vote 2

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

SEC
Tennessee (14) 266
LSU (6) 247
Georgia (3) 236
Vanderbilt (1) 186
Auburn 179
Miss. State 157
Arkansas 131
Florida 124
South Carolina 117
Kentucky 92
Alabama 78
Ole Miss 59

ALL-SEC TEAM
First-Team
Tan White, Miss. State 17
Seimone Augustus, LSU 17
Jenni Benningfield, Vanderbilt 13
Shyra Ely, Tennessee 13
Vanessa Hayden, Florida 12

Second-Team
Christi Thomas, Georgia 9
Temeka Johnson, LSU 7
Shameka Christon, Arkansas 6
Natasha Brackett, Auburn 4
Loree Moore, Tennessee 2
Kara Braxton, Georgia 2
Le'Coe Willingham, Auburn 2

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Seimone Augustus, LSU 10
Tan White, Miss. State 4
Jenni Benningfield, Vanderbilt 3
Christi Thomas, Georgia 2
Shyra Ely, Tennessee 1
Vanessa Hayden, Florida 1
Shameka Christon, Arkansas 1
Temeka Johnson, LSU 1


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