Mitchell, teammate Garrett Temple and Coach John Brady along with members of the LSU Lady Tigers will take part in the opening session of the annual SEC Tipoff Media Days. The Tigers will be joined by Arkansas and two-time defending national champion, Florida, in the first set of three teams to appear at the Birmingham Marriott beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Tennessee was predicted to win its ninth Southeastern Conference men's basketball championship in a voting of a select panel of both SEC and national media members. Each SEC school selected two media members that cover their team and six additional writers from across the nation were selected by the conference office to form the 30-member voting panel.
Tennessee was a unanimous selection
to win the East with 180 total points (30 first-place votes), ahead of
second-place Kentucky's 142 points. Kentucky returns nine letterwinners
and three starters from last year's 22-win team for new coach Billy Gillispie.
Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia and South Carolina round out the top
In the West, Arkansas was first with 168 total points (18 first-place votes) compared to Mississippi State's 148 points (10 first-place votes). Alabama and Auburn each received a first-place vote. Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss round out the top six in the West.
Tennessee senior guard Chris Lofton
was the overwhelming choice of the media for SEC Men's Basketball Player of the
Year with 27 votes, followed by two votes for Mississippi State junior
guard/forward Jamont Gordon. Joining Lofton and Gordon on the All-SEC First Team
were Alabama junior forward Richard Hendrix, Arkansas sophomore guard Patrick Beverley and Vanderbilt senior guard/forward Shan Foster.
Arkansas senior center Steven Hill, LSU's Mitchell, Ole Miss senior center Dwayne Curtis, Mississippi State senior forward/center Charles Rhodes and Tennessee sophomore forward Tyler Smith are on the second team.
Points were compiled on a
6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Each media member also voted for one
team as an overall conference champion and a five-player All-SEC
The 2007-08 SEC Media Preseason Poll tips off SEC Basketball Media Days, October 24-25 at the Birmingham Marriott in Alabama. The 2007-08 season begins November 6, with conference play set to begin January 8. The 2008 SEC Tournament will be held March 13-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
Media Poll (First-Place Votes in
Parentheses; *-unanimous selection)
SEC Champion: Tennessee (28); Mississippi State (2)
Eastern Division 2006-07 Results
Poll SEC Overall
Tennessee* (30) 180 10-6 24-11
Kentucky 142 9-7 22-12
Florida 103 13-3 35-5
Vanderbilt 98 10-6 22-12
Georgia 69 8-8 19-14
South Carolina 38 4-12 14-16
Western Division 2006-07 Results
Poll SEC Overall
Arkansas (18) 168 7-9 21-14
Miss. State (10) 148 8-8 21-14
Alabama (1) 111 7-9 20-12
Auburn (1) 94 7-9 17-15
LSU 63 5-11 17-15
Ole Miss 46 8-8 21-13
FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Richard Hendrix, Alabama F 6-8 265 So. Athens, Ala.
Patrick Beverley, Arkansas G 6-1 180 So. Chicago, Ill.
Jamont Gordon, Mississippi State G/F 6-4 230 Jr. Nashville, Tenn.
Chris Lofton, Tennessee* G 6-2 200 Sr. Maysville, Ky.
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt G/F 6-6 205 Sr. Kenner, La.
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Steven Hill, Arkansas C 7-0 245 Sr. Bronson, Mo.
Charles Rhodes, Mississippi State F/C 6-8 245 Sr. Jackson, Miss.
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU F 6-7 230 Jr. Denham Springs, La.
Dwayne Curtis, Ole Miss C 6-8 262 Sr. Chicago, Ill.
Tyler Smith, Tennessee F 6-7 215 So. Pulaski, Tenn.