NCAA Basketball

UK favorite in SEC for ninth year in row

(AP Photo/James Crisp)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kentucky is once again the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and Florida forward Kerry Blackshear is the preseason pick as player of the year.

It's the ninth consecutive year the Wildcats are picked to win the league and 15th time since the 1998-99 season. The predictions announced Tuesday were made in voting by SEC and national media members.

Blackshear is a graduate transfer who helped lead Virginia Tech to back to back NCAA Tournament appearances. He averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 103 games for the Hokies.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke32-6
2 Virginia35-3
3 North Carolina29-7
4 Gonzaga33-4
5 Michigan State32-7
6 Tennessee31-6
7 Kentucky30-7
8 Michigan30-7
9 Texas Tech31-7
10 Florida State29-8
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke32-6
2 Kansas26-10
3 Virginia35-3
4 North Carolina29-7
5 Houston33-4
6 Michigan State32-7
7 Tennessee31-6
8 Gonzaga33-4
9 Kentucky30-7
10 Buffalo32-4
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