Bulldogs picked to finish last in SEC

Rick Ray and Mississippi State were picked to finish last in the Southeastern Conference this season while John Calipari's Kentucky team is picked to win the league. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Rick Ray and Mississippi State were picked to finish last in the Southeastern Conference this season while John Calipari’s Kentucky team is picked to win the league. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State’s men’s basketball team has been picked to finish last in the Southeastern Conference by the media at SEC Tipoff in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs received 35 votes, 40 fewer than No. 13 Tennessee. Kentucky garnered 280 votes, including all 20 first place votes, and are picked to win the league.

MSU is coming off a season where it went 3-15 in the SEC and 14-19 overall. In two years under Rick Ray, the Bulldogs have gone 24-41 and finished tied for 12th and 14th respectively.

Media Preseason All-SEC Team

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis – Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Michael Frazier II – Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas

Jordan Mickey – LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Jarvis Summers – Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC

Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.

Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas

Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Preseason Media Poll (First-Place Votes in Parentheses)

1. Kentucky (20) 280
2. Florida 258
3. Arkansas 226
4. LSU 223
5. Georgia 204
6. Ole Miss 168
7. Missouri 123
8. Auburn 113
9. Texas A&M 111
10. Alabama 109
11. Vanderbilt 89
12. South Carolina 86
13. Tennessee 75
14 Mississippi State 35

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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