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My SEC Preseason Media Awards ballot

Posted on: October 15, 2009 8:02 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2009 8:04 pm
 

I just filed my SEC Basketball Preseason Media Awards ballot with the league office.

It looks like this:

-- SEC EASTERN DIVISION --
  1. Kentucky
  2. Tennessee
  3. South Carolina
  4. Florida
  5. Vanderbilt
  6. Georgia
-- SEC WESTERN DIVISION --
  1. Mississippi State
  2. Ole Miss
  3. Alabama
  4. Arkansas
  5. LSU
  6. Auburn
SEC CHAMPION: Kentucky

-- ALL-SEC TEAM --

G: John Wall (Kentucky)
G: Devan Downey (South Carolina)
F: Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
F: Patrick Patterson (Kentucky)
F: Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi State)

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Wall

* Kentucky and Tennessee are clearly the top two teams in the Eastern Division, and Mississippi State and Ole Miss are obviously the top two in the Western Division (though a reasonable man could have the Mississippi schools switched). Where this thing became difficult was when I tried to separate South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt. Those three could be in any order from third to fifth and it would make sense to me. But what's most interesting, I think, is how five of the six teams in the Eastern Division (everybody except Georgia) will enter the season with a realistic hope of making the NCAA tournament. My guess is that four of them will -- UK, UT and some two-team combination of South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt -- and it really should be fun to watch unfold.
Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2009 3:29 am
 

My SEC Preseason Media Awards ballot

That's an awfully low placing of LSU. I'm with you all the way with MSU and Mississippi, but I think LSU will be competitive again with Mitchell and Spencer back. Trent Johnson seems to have instilled a new mentality in that program. Plus, Arkansas is a complete wild card after last year's disaster in SEC play with such a young squad... and I don't know how Alabama will fare with a complete overhaul of the program.



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