Media picks VU women third, men sixth in East

<b>BIRMINGHAM, Ala.</b> -- The Vanderbilt men's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division, while the Commodore women were picked third overall in voting by media attending the 2004 SEC Basketball Media Day. Commodore sophomore post player Carla Thomas was named to the five-player first-team All-SEC preseason squad.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Vanderbilt men's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division, while the Commodore women were picked third overall in voting by media attending the 2004 SEC Basketball Media Day in Birmingham.

Commodore sophomore post player Carla Thomas was named to the five-player first-team All-SEC preseason squad, also picked by the media. The Vanderbilt men's team had no players picked to the first-team or second-team preseason All-SEC team.

The media voted Kentucky as the preseason favorite to win the SEC men's basketball championship, while Tennessee was selected to capture the SEC Women's Basketball title in the voting announced Thursday.

Kentucky was named on nine of 18 ballots for the SEC Men's Championship while Mississippi State was on eight ballots and Florida on one. In divisional predictions, Kentucky was named on 16 ballots to win the Eastern Division while two voters predicted Florida to win the division. In the Western Division, Mississippi State was predicted to win on 17 of 18 ballots with Alabama receiving the other vote.

In women's basketball, Tennessee was selected to win the SEC title on nine of 11 ballots, with LSU named on the other two ballots.

The pre-season All-SEC men's first team consists of Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts, who was also voted the Player of the Year, Florida's Anthony Roberson, Alabama's Kennedy Winston, Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon and Kentucky's Chuck Hayes.

The second team consists of LSU's Brandon Bass, David Lee of Florida, Kentucky's Kelenna Azubuike, Ronnie Brewer of Arkansas and Earnest Shelton of Alabama.

The pre-season All-SEC women's team is LSU's Seimone Augustus, who was selected as the SEC Player of the Year, Tan White of Mississippi State, Tennessee's Shyra Ely, Vanderbilt's Carla Thomas and LSU's Temeka Johnson.

Vanderbilt was represented Thursday by men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings and seniors Dawid Przybyszewski and Jason Holwerda. For the women's team, seniors Abi Ramsey and Ashley Earley accompanied head coach Melanie Balcomb.

The results of the voting are listed below:

MEN'S BASKETBALL (18 Voters)
SEC CHAMPION
Kentucky 9
Mississippi State 8
Florida 1

EASTERN DIVISION
1.  Kentucky (16)            20
2.  Florida (2)              35
3.  Tennessee                67
4.  South Carolina           82
5.  Georgia                  86
6.  Vanderbilt               88

WESTERN DIVISION
1.  Mississippi State (17)   19
2.  Alabama (1)              38
3.  LSU                      54
4.  Arkansas                 73
5.  Ole Miss                 95
6.  Auburn                   99


ALL-SEC TEAM
First-Team
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State 17
Anthony Roberson, Florida 17
Kennedy Winston, Alabama 12
Scooter McFadgon, Tennessee 11
Chuck Hayes, Kentucky 10

Second-Team
Brandon Bass, LSU 8
David Lee, Florida 7
Kelenna Azubuike, Kentucky 2
Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas 2
Earnest Shelton, Alabama 2


PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State 13
Anthony Roberson, Florida 1
Kennedy Winston, Alabama 1
David Lee, Florida 1
NO SELECTION 2


WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (11 Voters)

 1.  Tennessee (9)       13
 2.  LSU (2)             23
 3.  Vanderbilt          42
 4.  Georgia             47
 5.  Auburn              66
 6.  Florida             70
 7.  Ole Miss            80
     Mississippi State   80
 9.  Alabama            101
10.  Arkansas           101
11.  Kentucky           112
12.  South Carolina     123


ALL-SEC TEAM
First-Team
Tan White, Miss. State 11
Seimone Augustus, LSU 11
Shyra Ely, Tennessee 11
Carla Thomas, Vanderbilt 7
Temeka Johnson, LSU 6

Nine others received one vote each


PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Seimone Augustus, LSU 5
Tan White, Miss. State 4
Shyra Ely, Tennessee 2


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