College Sports

Gamecocks' Downey named to all-SEC preseason team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Tennessee has been picked to win a second straight Southeastern Conference men's basketball championship.

The predictions were the result of balloting from 30 SEC and national media members.

The Volunteers were heavy favorites over Florida and Kentucky. Alabama was picked to win the Western Division over LSU.

South Carolina, under first-year coach Darrin Horn, was picked to finish fifth in the SEC East.

Tennessee's Tyler Smith was the preseason player of the year. Gamecocks guard Devan Downey, a Chester native, join's Smith on the first team All-SEC team with Kentucky's Patrick Patterson, Florida's Nick Calathes and Vanderbilt's A.J. Ogilvy.

.Preseason predictions and All-SEC teams as chosen by select media representatives, with first-place votes in parentheses:

SEC Champion: Tennessee (23); Florida (5); Kentucky (2)

Eastern Division

1. Tennessee (23)172

2. Florida (5) 143

3. Kentucky (2) 130

4. Vanderbilt 88

5. South Carolina 56

6. Georgia 41

Western Division

1. Alabama (11) 151

2. LSU (11) 147

3. Mississippi (8 136

4. Miss. State 91

5. Auburn 54

6. Arkansas 51


Patrick Patterson, f, Kentucky

Tyler Smith, f, Tennessee

Nick Calathes, g/f, Florida

Devan Downey, g, South Carolina

A.J. Ogilvy, c, Vanderbilt


Marcus Thornton, g, LSU

Jarvis Varnado, f/c, Miss. State

Ronald Steele, g, Alabama

Tasmin Mitchell, f, LSU

Chris Warren, g, Ole Miss

Alonzo Gee, g, Alabama