Oct. 16, 2013
The Tennessee basketball team was picked to finish third in the 2014 Southeastern Conference standings in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members, the league announced Wednesday. Each SEC school selected media members that cover their team, and additional media from across the nation were selected by the conference office to form the voting panel.
Tennessee was one of only three teams to receive a first-place vote. Preseason favorite Kentucky received 21 first-place votes, while Florida received five.
Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team.
The Volunteers placed three players on the media's preseason All-SEC team. Only Kentucky had more All-SEC honorees (four).
Vols senior guard Jordan McRae was a first-team selection, and the Midway, Ga., native also was runner-up in SEC Player of the Year voting.
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle media's choice for SEC Player of the Year with 11 votes. Others who received POY votes were McRae (5 votes), LSU's Johnny O'Bryant III (3 votes), Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes (3 votes), Florida's Patric Young (2 votes), Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson (2 votes) and Alabama's Trevor Releford (1 vote).
Tennessee hosts a pair of exhibition games on Nov. 2 and 7 before opening the 2013-14 season at Xavier Nov. 12.
Season and individual-game tickets are on sale now at the UT Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-332-8657 or visiting www.UTtix.com.
First-Team All-SEC Trevor Releford - Alabama, G, 6-0, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo. Julius Randle - Kentucky, F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas Johnny O'Bryant III - LSU, F , 6-9 , 256 , Jr. , Cleveland, Miss. Marshall Henderson - Ole Miss, G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas Jordan McRae - Tennessee, G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Second-Team All-SEC Scottie Wilbekin - Florida, G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla. Patric Young - Florida, C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla. Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky, F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan. Andrew Harrison - Kentucky, G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Richmond, Texas Dakari Johnson - Kentucky, C, 7-0, 265, Fr., Brooklyn, N.Y. Jabari Brown - Missouri, G, 6-5, 214, Jr., Oakland, Calif. Jeronne Maymon - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis. Jarnell Stokes - Tennessee, F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
SEC Player of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky
Preseason Media Poll -- Pts Kentucky (21) -- 371 Florida (5) -- 353 Tennessee (1) -- 320 LSU -- 270 Missouri -- 262 Alabama -- 257 Ole Miss -- 216 Arkansas -- 197 Texas A&M -- 139 Vanderbilt -- 125 Georgia -- 119 South Carolina -- 108 Mississippi State -- 59 Auburn -- 39 First-Place Votes in Parentheses