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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






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