Florida is picked to win the SEC East & Mississippi State the SEC West in basketball

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Florida returns all five starters from last season and the Gators have been tabbed the team to beat in the SEC.  The 2009-2010 Gators went 21-13 and cracked the NCAA Tournament.

Florida received 8 first-place votes while Mississippi State received three.  Tennessee and Kentucky got two first place votes and the Georgia Bulldogs one.

Mississippi State is the favorite in the SEC West, followed by Ole Miss.

Trey Thompkins of Georgia is the preseason player of the year pick.

Here's the predicted order of finish in the SEC men's basketball race:

Western Division                                          Eastern Division

Mississippi State (18) 118                            Florida (13) 110

Ole Miss (2) 84                                             Kentucky (3) 95

Alabama 82                                                  Georgia (2) 72

Arkansas 72                                                 Tennessee (2) 71

LSU 41                                                          Vanderbilt 52

Auburn 23                                                     South Carolina 20

SEC Champion:

Florida (8); Mississippi State (3); Kentucky (2); Tennessee (2); Georgia (1)

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