May 16th, 2011 01:07 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: Andre Walker, SEC, UF, UNC
It’s never too early for preseason polls, apparently. And we’re not even talking about football.
Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com posted his way early Top 25 basketball picks late last week. Among them are four SEC squads, two of which are in his Top 10:
2. Kentucky — “The top-ranked incoming class in America, along with the return of a trio of holdovers — including (Terrence) Jones — make the Wildcats the co-favorites along with UNC.” (Goodman, obviously, ranks the Tar Heels in the top slot.)
8. Vanderbilt — “The Commodores have everyone back except for (Andre) Walker, which means they are a legitimate top-10 club.”
14. Florida — “The Gators have talent, but it will be interesting to see how Billy Donovan’s team will fare with a bunch of guards who all love.” “Who all love?” We’ll assume Goodman’s last words in that sentence were meant to be “to shoot,” but that’s just an educated guess considering the number of scorers UF should have in its backcourt next season.
21. Alabama — “Anthony Grant returns his top three players from last year’s team, which barely missed out on an NCAA Tournament bid.”
That’s it, folks. Four and done. No other SEC team even makes Goodman’s 12-team “others to watch” list.
And while the SEC West has three teams listed in most preseason Top 15 football polls… it’s the SEC East that continues to land three squads in the Top 15 of most basketball pundits’ picks.
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