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Sport Kentucky Wildcats are again preseason picks to win SEC

00:05  16 october  2019
00:05  16 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Kentucky does not have the preseason SEC Player of the Year, however. That distinction goes to Arkansas' Moses Kingsley, a big man who's projected Frazier, Adebayo, Fox and Davis all received votes for preseason POY as did Kentucky 's Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Monk, in addition to Georgia's

Kentucky is the media's preseason pick to win the SEC basketball championship once again . The Wildcats , who have won the last two SEC titles, are Florida was picked to finish second by a panel of regional and national media whose votes were compiled and tabulated by the SEC office, followed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky is once again the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and Florida forward Kerry Blackshear is the preseason pick as player of the year.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari listens to a question during the university's NCAA college basketball media day, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)© AP Photo/James Crisp Kentucky head coach John Calipari listens to a question during the university's NCAA college basketball media day, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

It's the ninth consecutive year the Wildcats are picked to win the league and 15th time since the 1998-99 season. The predictions announced Tuesday were made in voting by SEC and national media members.

Blackshear is a graduate transfer who helped lead Virginia Tech to back to back NCAA Tournament appearances. He averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 103 games for the Hokies.

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This season 's Wildcats are the first SEC team to sweep all of the first-place votes since the 1995-96 UK team that went on to win the national championship. The media also voted Kentucky sophomore shooting guard Aaron Harrison as the preseason SEC Player of the Year. Harrison was one of five

Kentucky ’s Reid Travis and PJ Washington were among players earning preseason All- SEC honors Tuesday as the Cats were also picked by the media to win the Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis was the only Kentucky player selected among the media’s preseason All- SEC first team.

The first-team All-SEC picks were Blackshear, Georgia freshman Anthony Edwards, Kentucky's Ashton Hagans, Mississippi's Breein Tyree and Mississippi State's Reggie Perry.

Kentucky also had a pair of second-team preseason All-SEC picks, Tyrese Maxey and EJ Montgomery.

Florida was picked to finish second, followed by LSU, Final Four participant Auburn and Tennessee.

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