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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Auburn men's b-ball picked fifth in West

As is usually the case, basketball tends to get lost in the shuffle at Auburn, especially when football coach Tommy Tuberville is making long speeches about his future with the program.

Anyway, the SEC released its preseason media poll yesterday and Auburn came in fifth in the SEC West, ahead of only Arkansas. Here's the poll in its entirety:

Preseason media poll

(First-place votes in parentheses, *-unanimous selection)

SEC champion: Tennessee (23), Florida (5), Kentucky (2)

Eastern Division
Team -- Votes/2008 SEC record/2008 overall record
Tennessee (23) -- 172/14-2/31-5
Florida (5) -- 143/8-8/24-12
Kentucky (2) -- 130/12-4 /18-3
Vanderbilt -- 88/10-6/26-8
South Carolina -- 56/5-11/14-18
Georgia -- 41/4-12/17-17

Western Division
Team -- Votes/2008 SEC record/2008 overall record
Alabama (11) -- 151/5-11/17-16
LSU (11) -- 147/6-10/13-18
Ole Miss (8) -- 136/7-9 /24-11
Mississippi State -- 91 /12-4 /23-11
Auburn -- 54/4-12 /14-16
Arkansas -- 51 /9-7 /23-12

First team
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky, F, 6-9, 235, So.
Tyler Smith, Tennessee, F, 6-7, 215, Jr.
Nick Calathes, Florida, G/F, 6-6, 194, So.
Devan Downey, South Carolina, G, 5-9, 175, Jr.
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt, C, 6-11, 250, So.

Second team
Marcus Thornton, LSU, G, 6-4, 205, Sr.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State, F/C, 6-9, 210, Jr.
Ronald Steele, Alabama, G, 6-1, 191, Sr.
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU, F, 6-7, 240, Jr.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss, G, 5-10, 160, So.
Alonzo Gee, Alabama, G, 6-6, 219, Sr.


Acid Reign said...

.....I think Jeff Lebo has an interesting squad lined up. Needing to win NOW, to save his job, he's JUCO'ed up like Jackie Sherrill. Might pay off, might bust horribly. It should be an interesting year, if everyone stays healthy and eligible!

NoAltiger said...

Should have a decent year with all the experience back, barring injuries to the vets. Their experience alone should amount to a few more w's. Interesting to see what the new guys's can do. Last time we were really down in football ('99), the bball team really lifted everyones spirits. Might be time again.

jdinmacon said...

We will be better than 5th in the West if everyone stays healthy.

Vot, Q and Rasheem are proven starters. Hargrove came on strong towards the end of last season. Lebo's added some depth to the front court with the JUCO guys and

I will be VERY interested in seeing Tay Waller and Frankie Sullivan. Waller is a 3 pt guy and Sullivan scored tons of points in high school (granted it was 2A, but still, it takes some skill to drop 30+ in ANY basketball game)