Arkansas Basketball Team Picked 8th In SEC By Media

Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

If the Razorbacks make a big jump in Mike Anderson's third year, they'll do it without expectations.

Adding Bobby Portis, Moses Kingsley, and Alandise Harris isn't getting much respect for a Razorback basketball team looking to replace their two leading scorers. 27 SEC media members voted Arkansas to finish 8th in basketball this season and didn't list any Razorback among the All-SEC teams.

An interesting note regarding Arkansas schedule quality (and let's be clear, the non conference schedule is still awful), four of the five SEC teams Arkansas plays twice this year are picked above them: Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, and LSU.  Arkansas also plays Georgia twice, and they are picked 11th.  Meaning 11 of Arkansas 18 SEC games will be against the seven teams picked above Arkansas.

If Arkansas finishes 8th, it won't matter who the Hogs play in terms in schedule quality because they won't be going to the NCAA Tournament. But if the Hogs are better than expected, they'll get plenty of opportunities to knock off teams that could end up being pretty solid.

In what could be a sign of parity, all five of the players on the All-SEC first team represent different schools. However, the eight players on the second team are from just four schools.

Preseason Media Poll: (First Place Votes) Points

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

The Hogs also failed to land a player on the All SEC 1st or 2nd teams.  Here's the full list.

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

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