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Blue Ribbon projects Top 25, SEC order of finish, and all-league picks

Our first major projection for the 2019-20 college hoops season.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

The college basketball season is just under two months away, so we’ll soon be seeing a wave of preseason polls and predictions.

The latest comes from Blue Ribbon Yearbook, who has Kentucky ranked second in their top 25 poll, trailing only Michigan State. The Wildcats will end up playing four teams in the top 11, including the top-ranked Spartans, No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Louisville and No. 11 Texas Tech.

PRESEASON TOP 25

1. Michigan State

2. Kentucky

3. Kansas

4. Duke

5. Florida

6. Louisville

7. Maryland

8. Villanova

9. Virginia

10. Gonzaga

11. Texas Tech

12. North Carolina

13. Seton Hall

14. Colorado

15. Utah State

16. Oregon

17. Davidson

18. Auburn

19. Xavier

20. Saint Mary’s

21. Memphis

22. Purdue

23. Tennessee

24. Ohio State

25. VCU

Blue Ribbon also projected the order of finish in the SEC, as well as the all-conference selections and awards. Kentucky was picked to win the league but had just one player make the All-SEC Team in sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans.

SEC FORECAST

1. Kentucky

2. Florida

3. Auburn

4. Tennessee

5. Alabama

6. Ole Miss

7. Georgia

8. LSU

9 Mississippi State

10. South Carolina

13. Texas A&M

11. Arkansas

12. Missouri

14. Vanderbilt

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

F-Reggie Perry, SO, Mississippi State

F-Kerry Blackshear, GR, Florida

G-Ashton Hagans, SO, Kentucky

G-Lamonte´ Turner, SR, Tennessee

G-Anthony Edwards, FR, Georgia

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kerry Blackshear, GR, Florida

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Anthony Edwards, FR, Georgia