Kentucky received 20 first-place votes and was the preseason pick by a panel of SEC and national media members to win the SEC women's basketball championship.
Tennessee, under first-year head coach Holly Warlick, received two first-place votes but were picked to finish fourth. The Lady Vols, who lost five seniors from last year's team, were shut out on the All-SEC first team. Junior guard Meighan Simmons made the second team.
As the reigning conference regular season champions, Kentucky returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from last season's NCAA Elite Eight squad, including SEC Player of the Year A'dia Mathies, SEC Freshman of the Year Bria Goss and NCAA Tournament Kingston All-Region team member Samarie Walker. The Wildcats also welcome back sophomore guard Jennifer O'Neill, who sat out the 2011-12 season due to injury, and junior forward DeNesha Stallworth, an All-Pac-10 selection, will see her first action after sitting out last season due to transfer regulations.
Kentucky tops the order of finish with 376 points, with Georgia (352), Vanderbilt (336), Tennessee (316), Texas A&M (284), LSU (251) and South Carolina (194) rounding out the top half of the league. Arkansas (168), Florida (144), Auburn (124), Mississippi State (116), Ole Miss (47), Missouri (39) and Alabama (36) round out the bottom half.
Kentucky's A'dia Mathies was the overwhelming choice of the media for SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Year with 20 votes, the remaining votes were for Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie, Florida's Jennifer George and Georgia's Anne Marie Armstrong.
Joining Mathies on the All-SEC First Team are Jennifer George, Florida; Anne Marie Armstrong, Georgia; Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M; and Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt.
SEC Basketball Media Day is Thursday in Hoover, Alabama. The coaches poll will be released on Nov. 6.
SEC preseason media poll
Order of Finish (first place votes) votes
1. Kentucky (20), 376
2. Georgia (1), 352
3. Vanderbilt (2), 336
4. Tennessee (2), 316
5. Texas A&M (1), 284
6. LSU, 251
7. South Carolina, 194
8. Arkansas, 168
9. Florida, 144
10. Auburn, 124
11. Mississippi State, 116
12. Ole Miss, 47
13. Missouri, 39
14. Alabama, 36