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Media picks UK as preseason SEC favorite

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You're not going to believe this, but the experts are expecting a lot of out of John Calipari's Kentucky WIldcats this season.

The Southeastern Conference released preseason media picks on Monday and UK was voted as the league champion by 17 of the 24 local and national panelists. In second place with five votes is Florida while Missouri and Tennessee come in at third and fourth place, respectively, with one first-place vote each.

The media also picked preseason All-SEC teams and a pair of Wildcats made appearances. Forward Nerlens Noel is a first-team selection and forward Alex Poythress is on the second team. The two Wildcats are on the only freshmen among the 11 players recognized.

Here the media's complete picks:

Preseason Media 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

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

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