Gainesville, FL - The University of Florida was picked to win the
2011 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship in voting
by a select panel of both SEC and national media members. 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 are coming off a 21-13 season and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They earned eight first-place votes, topping Mississippi State which earned three votes. Tennessee and Kentucky each received two votes and Georgia garnered one vote as SEC Champion. Florida is the only SEC school to return 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.
Thompkins, Warren and Knight were joined on the All-SEC First Team by Georgia junior Travis Leslie and Vanderbilt junior Jeffery Taylor.
Arkansas’ Marshawn Powell led All-SEC Second Team honors and was
joined by Florida’s Boynton and Parsons, Alabama’s JaMychal Green
and Tennessee’s Scotty Hopson.
Points were compiled on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Each
media member also voted for one team as an overall conference champion and a five-player All-SEC Team.
The Gators opened practice this past Friday and are set to open
exhibition play next Thursday (Oct. 28) at the O’Connell Center
against Florida Tech. Season and single game tickets are both on sale by visiting www.GatorZone.com.
Preseason Media Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parentheses)
SEC Champion: Florida (8); Mississippi State (3); Kentucky (2);
Tennessee (2); Georgia (1)
Eastern Division Points
Florida (13) 110
Kentucky (3) 95
Georgia (2) 72
Tennessee (2) 71
South Carolina 20
Western Division Points
Mississippi State (18) 118
Ole Miss (2) 84