Here’s where South Carolina basketball is predicted to finish in the SEC this year

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The South Carolina men’s basketball team was voted to finish 11th in the Southeastern Conference in a preseason media poll the SEC released Tuesday.

Frank Martin’s Gamecocks finished 12th in the conference (6-15, 4-12 SEC) last year during a season that included multiple COVID-19 stoppages. USC brings in nine new players this season as Martin and the Gamecocks try to get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017.

No Gamecocks were selected to the first-team or second-team preseason All-SEC teams.

A revamped Kentucky squad was voted to win the SEC title in the poll released Tuesday, with Alabama and Arkansas rounding out the top three. Despite Vanderbilt finishing 13th in the poll, Commodores guard Scotty Pippen Jr. was voted preseason SEC Player of the Year.

SEC preseason media poll

1. Kentucky

2. Alabama

3. Arkansas

4. Tennessee

5. Auburn

6. LSU

7. Florida

8. Mississippi State

9. Ole Miss

10. Missouri

11. South Carolina

12. Texas A&M

13. Vanderbilt

14. Georgia

First Team All-SEC:

Jaden Shackelford - Alabama

Jahvon Quinerly - Alabama

Colin Castleton - Florida

Sahvir Wheeler - Kentucky

Iverson Molinar - Mississippi State

Scotty Pippen Jr. - Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC

Davonte Davis - Arkansas

Jabari Smith - Auburn

Keion Brooks Jr. - Kentucky

Kellan Grady - Kentucky

Oscar Tshiebwe - Kentucky

Darius Days - LSU

SEC Player of the Year

Scotty Pippen Jr. - Vanderbilt

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