That's no surprise considering how well they played at the end of last season, who's returning, and how much Florida is going to drop.
It's a nice problem to have for a team that has been overshadowed by two division rivals, two-time defending national champion Florida and perennial power Kentucky. Not to mention Tennessee's football team and the defending national champion Lady Vols.
But the Volunteers were picked to win the SEC on 28 of 30 ballots by league and national media. Florida and Kentucky didn't get a vote, with the other two going to Mississippi State.
It's no big surprise with four starters returning, including preseason SEC player of the year Lofton, from a team that went 24-11 and made it to the round of 16 at the NCAA tournament.
The Gators, meanwhile, lost all five starters, including three Top 10 NBA draft picks. Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl thinks Kentucky should be the East Division favorite. However it shakes out, he's happy to be along for the ride.
From cstv.com (AP report you can find anywhere)
- Tennessee was picked by 28 of 30 to win the SEC, M$U got the other 2 votes
- SEC East voting: UT, UK, UF, Vandy, UGA, South Carolina (in order)
- SEC West voting: Arkansas, M$U, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss
My predictions is in comments. Feel free to add yours.