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
Ole Miss 216
Texas A&M 139
South Carolina 108
Mississippi State 59
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