NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Expectations are modest for first year Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew, but they are downright brutal for second year Tennessee coach Rick Barnes.
SEC Media Days are underway in Nashville and to no surprise the Kentucky Wildcats were picked by the media to win the league once again in Men’s Basketball. Vanderbilt is picked to finish 6th behind center Luke Kornet who was named 2nd team All-SEC. The Dores went 19-14 last season losing in the NCAA Tournament’s first round. They also lost Damion Jones and Wade Baldwin IV to the first round of the NBA Draft.
The Tennessee Volunteers are picked to finish 13th in a 14 team.
The Volunteers have 9 new players and while head coach Rick Barnes understands the low expectations he once again expects his team to compete for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, “I can understand when you have 9 new players in your program that have never played at this level what expectations people would be on the outside, but on the inside looking out, ours is different obviously. We’ve talked at length to our guys about what we expect from them.”
The Volunteers open the season November 11 against UT-Chattanooga. The Commodores open with Marquette the same night.
Pre-season Media Poll
3. Texas A&M
8. South Carolina
9. Ole Miss
10. Mississippi State