Florida, Kentucky lead talent-packed SEC field

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Florida's Billy Donovan says picking his
Gators as the Southeastern Conference's team to beat is more about
perception than reality.

He says if they hadn't gotten into the NCAA tournament last
season, the topic at SEC media day Thursday would have been what's
wrong with the Gators?

There's plenty of competition for front-runner status. It starts
with defending champion Kentucky, which brings in another top-rated
recruiting class to replace five NBA first-round draft picks.

Tennessee has some highly touted newcomers to join established
players like Scotty Hopson. And Georgia has preseason SEC player of
the year Trey Thompkins.

But the Gators have all five starters returning, including guard
Kenny Boynton and forward Chandler Parsons.

Mississippi State is the West Division favorite.

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