BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – 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.
Missouri was picked 13th out of 14 teams.
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.
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.
Alabama, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Missouri and Vanderbilt rounded out the rest of the poll.
South Carolina is projected to win the Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship, according to a media panel's preseason poll.
The panel also named Texas A&M guard Chennedy Carter as the SEC's preseason player of the year. Carter received 14 of the 17 votes. Kentucky's Rhyne Howard received two votes and Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee got one vote.
South Carolina returns two starters from a team that went 23-10 and reached an NCAA regional semifinal last year. The preseason poll had South Carolina followed in order by Texas A&M, defending champion Mississippi State, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Vanderbilt.
LSU's Ayana Mitchell and South Carolina's Tyasha Harris joined Carter, Howard and Dungee as preseason first-team all-conference selections. Preseason second-team picks included Auburn's Unique Thompson, South Carolina's Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, Tennessee's Rennia Davis, Texas A&M's Ciera Johnson and Vanderbilt's Mariella Fasoula.