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