Media: USC to Finish 12th in SEC

Birmingham, Ala. (USC SID) — Kentucky was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference men‘s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members. The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the 10th time since the 1998-99 season, tallied all 20 first-place votes. Kentucky sophomore Aaron Harrison was the choice of the media for SEC Men‘s Basketball Player of the Year. Aaron Harrison was one of five Wildcats that received votes in the preseason Player of the Year voting, joining Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl-Anthony Towns. Georgia‘s Charles Mann, LSU‘s Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey along with Ole Miss‘ Jarvis Summers also received votes in the Player of the Year voting. Aaron Harrison, Mickey and Summers were each All-SEC First Team selections along with Arkansas‘ Bobby Portis and Florida‘s Michael Frazier II. 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. The 2014-15 campaign begins November 14, with conference play set to begin January 6. The 2015 SEC Tournament will be March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. 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 Preseason Media Poll Pts 1. Kentucky (20) 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-Place Votes in Parentheses

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