Gator men's basketball picked to win SEC title
Cheer up Florida fans, basketball season is just around the corner. And apparently a growing number of people think the Gators are going to be pretty good.
Florida is predicted to win the 2011 SEC men’s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members, released today by the league office. Each SEC school selected media members that cover their team and additional writers from across the nation were selected by the conference office to form the voting panel.
The Gators, who are coming off a 21-13 season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, earned eight first-place votes, topping Mississippi State which earned three votes. Tennessee and Kentucky each received two votes and Georgia got one vote as SEC Champion.
Florida returns all five starters, including Kenny Boynton, Erving Walker, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus and Vernon Macklin while adding one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.
Florida was the media’s favorite to win the East with 110 total points (13 first-place votes), ahead of second-place Kentucky’s 95 points (three first-place votes). Georgia (72 points) and Tennessee (71 points) were separated by just one point while Vanderbilt and South Carolina rounded out the top six.
In the West, Mississippi State’s 118 total points (18 first-place votes) were ahead of Ole Miss’ 84 points (two first-place votes). Alabama was picked third with 82 points. Arkansas, LSU and Auburn round out the top six in the West.
Georgia junior Trey Thompkins was the choice of the media for SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year with 18 votes. Ole Miss senior Chris Warren (one vote) and Kentucky Freshman Brandon Knight (one vote) also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.