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      Missouri basketball picked fifth in the SEC

      Missouri Basketball was picked fifth in the 2014 Southeastern Conference preseason poll on Wednesday and junior guard Jabari Brown was selected as a Second Team Preseason All-SEC honoree by a panel of league and national media members.

      Kentucky was the media's preseason favorite to win the SEC and Wildcat freshman Julius Randle was selected as the league's Preseason Player of the Year.

      Brown is Mizzou's lone returning starter from last season's 23-11 campaign.

      The Oakland, Calif., native averaged 13.7 points and 3.4 rebounds and started the season's final 23 games after becoming eligible following his transfer from Oregon.

      In SEC play, Brown was Missouri's leading scorer (14.6 ppg) and ranked among league leaders in scoring (7th), free throw percentage (9th - .778) and three-point percentage (6th - .376) in conference games.

      Overall the shooting guard topped 20 points five times in SEC action, including a career-high 23 points in wins at South Carolina and in the 2012-13 home finale vs. Arkansas.

      Missouri was 5-0 when Brown scored 20 points last season and the junior will help lead a new-look Tiger squad that begins exhibition play next Friday (Oct. 25) at Hearnes Center vs. Oklahoma City University.

      That exhibition game is free to the public and Mizzou Athletics will recognize the undefeated 1993-94 Big Eight Championship squad.

      Preseason Media Poll Pts 1. Kentucky (21) 371 2. Florida (5) 353 3. Tennessee (1) 320 4. LSU 270 5. Missouri 262 6. Alabama 257 7. Ole Miss 216 8. Arkansas 197 9. Texas A&M 139 10. Vanderbilt 125 11. Georgia 119 12. South Carolina 108 13. Mississippi State 59 14. Auburn 39 First-Place Votes in Parentheses For more information go to www. mutigers.com