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SEC coaches pick Ole Miss 4th in West

BLOG: The Southeastern Conference’s coaches poll came out today and the league’s skippers selected the Diamond Rebels to finish this season fourth in the Western Division.

Below is the SEC’s release:

The Florida Gators are predicted to repeat as the 2011 Southeastern Conference baseball champions, as voted by the league’s 12 baseball coaches in the 20th annual preseason SEC poll.

The Gators, ranked No. 1 nationally in multiple preseason polls, seek to capture their 12th SEC Championship.  UF returns eight position starters and 11 pitchers from their 2010 squad which claimed the SEC Championship and advanced to the NCAA College World Series.

Since 1996, the SEC has named a regular season champion as well as a tournament champion.  Prior to 1996, the tournament champion was considered the SEC Champion.

In addition to picking a preseason SEC champion, the league’s head coaches voted a predicted order of finish in the SEC Eastern and Western Divisions. In the Western Division, LSU was the favorite with 63 of a possible 66 points.  Arkansas came in second with 49 points and Auburn third with 46.  Florida was the favorite in the Eastern Division with a total of 66 points. Vanderbilt was second with 55, while South Carolina, last season’s NCAA National Champion, finished third with 48.

Points were compiled on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.  Each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.

The 2011 SEC regular season begins Friday, February 18, with conference play set to begin Friday, March 18. The SEC Tournament will be played at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., May 25-29. The SEC Tournament has drawn over 100,000 fans six of the last nine years, including a record 126,000 in 2010. An NCAA-record of nearly two million fans attended games in the SEC last season, the ninth year in a row the SEC has topped the one million mark in attendance, leading the nation once again in that category.

Eastern Division
Team                  Pts.        ’10 SEC Rec/Finish
1) Florida              66           22-8/1st
2) Vanderbilt        55           16-12 / 3rd
3) S. Carolina      48           21-9 / 2nd
4) Kentucky          33           13-17 / 4th
5) Georgia            26           5-23 / 6th
6) Tennessee     17           12-18 / 5th

Western Division
Team                 Pts.        ’10 SEC Rec/Finish
1) LSU                  63           14-16 / 5th
2) Arkansas         49           18-12 / 2nd
3) Auburn           46           20-10 / 1st
4) Ole Miss      40           16-14 / 3rd
5) Alabama         33           15-15 / 4th
6) Miss. State     17           6-24 / 6th (February 15, 2011)

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