Cats tabbed to win SEC

Nerlens Noel

The preseason league media poll has tabbed Kentucky as the favorite to repeat as SEC champions in 2013 with another freshman, Nerlens Noel, leading the way for the Wildcats.

Kentucky has been tabbed to win the 2013 Southeastern Conference men's basketball championship in voting done a select panel of regional and national media members.

Coming off a 38-2 season and their eighth national championship, the Wildcats received 17 of 24 first-place votes. Florida (5), Missouri (1) and Tennessee (1) also picked up votes to win the title.

Kentucky placed two players on the preseason All-SEC squad, both freshmen. Center Nerlens Noel was a first-team selection, while forward Alex Poythress was named to the second team.

Missouri junior guard Phil Pressey was named the preseason SEC Player of the Year with six votes. Florida senior guard Kenny Boyton was a close second with five votes. Tennessee sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes, Arkansas guard B.J. Young and Noel rounded out the first team.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team.

First Team All-SEC
BJ Young – Arkansas, G, 6-3, 180, So., St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton – Florida, G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Nerlens Noel – Kentucky, F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Phil Pressey – Missouri, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

Second Team All-SEC
Marshawn Powell – Arkansas, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
Patric Young – Florida, C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Georgia, G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Michael Dixon, Jr. – Missouri, G, 6-1 , 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, F, 6-7, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.

SEC Player of the Year: Phil Pressey, Missouri

Preseason Team Poll
Kentucky (17) 328
Florida (5) 310
Missouri (1) 286
Tennessee (1) 269
Arkansas 226
Alabama 222
Ole Miss 186
Georgia 149
Texas A&M 122
Vanderbilt 120
LSU 116
Auburn 95
South Carolina 54
Mississippi State 37

* First-Place Votes in Parentheses

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