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Missouri tabbed seventh, Kentucky first in preseason SEC poll

Under first-year coach Kim Anderson, Missouri was tabbed seventh in the preseason conference ranking.
Under first-year coach Kim Anderson, Missouri was tabbed seventh in the preseason conference ranking. AP

Kentucky was a unanimous first-place selection Wednesday in a poll of SEC and national media members.

The Wildcats received all 20 first-place and Florida was a near-unanimous pick for second place at SEC Media Days in Charlotte.

Under first-year coach Kim Anderson, Missouri was tabbed seventh in the preseason conference ranking.

Kentucky, who has been picked first 10 times since 1998-99, also dominated the preseason All-SEC teams.

Sophomore Aaron Harrison was chosen as the conference’s preseason player of the year with four Wildcats landing on the second team, including Olathe Northwest graduate Willie Cauley-Stein.

Cauley-Stein was joined by Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Arkansas forward Bobby Portis, Florida guard Michael Frazier II, LSU forward Jordan Mickey and Mississippi guard Jarvis Summers joined Aaron Harrison on the first team, while Georgia guard Charles Mann was the lone non-Kentucky player on the second team.

Preseason 2014-15 SEC men’s basketball media poll

Team (first-place votes), Points

1. Kentucky (20), 280

2. Florida, 258

3. Arkansas, 226

4. LSU, 223

5. Georgia, 204

6. Mississippi, 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

SEC Media Days preseason All-SEC teams

First team

F Bobby Portis, Arkansas, sophomore, 6-11, 242; G Michael Frazier II, Florida, junior, 6-4, 194; G Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, sophomore, 6-6, 212; F Jordan Mickey, LSU, sophomore, 6-8, 235; G Jarvis Summers, Mississippi, senior, 6-3, 186.

Second team

G Charles Mann, Georgia, junior, 6-5, 215; F Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, junior, 7-0, 240; G Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, sophomore, 6-6, 210; F Alex Poythress, Kentucky, junior, 6-8, 238; F Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, freshman, 6-11, 250.

Player of the year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

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