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Mizzou picked seventh in SEC basketball poll

Mizzou picked seventh in SEC basketball poll

Aaron Harrison, Ryan Rosburg

Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, top, draws the foul from Missouri's Ryan Rosburg, bottom, as he scores two of his team-high 21 points during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. Kentucky won the game 84-79. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. • Kim Anderson’s first Missouri team was picked to finish seventh in the preseason SEC poll by a select panel of SEC and national media members. The Tigers finished tied for sixth in the SEC last year under Frank Haith and had the No. 8 seed in the SEC tournament.

Kentucky earned all 20 first-place votes. Kentucky sophomore guard Aaron Harrison was voted the SEC preseason player of the year. The Wildcats landed five players on the two preason teams, including four of the five second-team selections.

Here’s how the preseason poll looks, including poll points, which 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. (As one of 20 voters on the panel, I've included my ballot at the end of this blog entry.)

1. Kentucky (20 first-place votes) 280

2. Florida 258

3. Arkansas 226

4. LSU 223

5. Georgia 204

6. Ole Miss 168

7. Missouri 123

8. Auburn 113

9. Texas A&M 111

10. Alabama 109

11. Vanderbilt 89

12. South Carolina 86

13. Tennessee 75

14.  Mississippi State 35

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis, Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Michael Frazier II, Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas

Jordan Mickey, LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC

Charles Mann, Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas

Alex Poythress, Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Here’s how I filled out my ballot, which you’ll notice is identical to the final media poll in 12 of 14 spots:

1. Kentucky

2. Florida

3. Arkansas

4. LSU

5. Georgia

6. Ole Miss

7. Missouri

8. Auburn

9. Texas A&M

10. Alabama

11. Tennessee

12. South Carolina

13. Vanderbilt

14. Mississippi State

All-SEC Team

Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss

Jordan Mickey, LSU

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Bobby Portis, Arkansas

SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

* Missouri's women's team tied with Arkansas for 11th in the SEC's preseason poll. Here's the complete poll:

1. South Carolina (210)

2. Tennessee (191)

3. Texas A&M (179)

4. Kentucky (154)

5. Vanderbilt (150)

6. Georgia (132)

7. LSU (122)

8. Mississippi State (108)

9. Florida (96)

10. Auburn (83)

T11. Arkansas (77)

T11. Missouri (77)

13. Alabama (74)

14. Ole Miss (21)

All-SEC Team

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee

Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

SEC Player of the Year: Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

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