Nov. 6, 2012
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BIRMINGHAM - The Auburn women's basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the Southeastern Conference in the league's preseason coaches' poll, the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday.
Kentucky was tabbed as the preseason favorite, picking up 167 points to beat out Georgia (149) by 18 points. Newcomer Texas A&M followed in third with 145 points, followed by Vanderbilt (143) and Tennessee (117). South Carolina and LSU rounded out the top half of the league with 102 and 96 points, respectively. Florida was eighth with 92 points, just head of Arkansas with 72 and Auburn with 57.
Rounding out the league was Mississippi State (51), Alabama (33), Missouri (33) and Ole Miss (17).
Points were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction, while each player received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote. Ties were not broken and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Auburn is set to open the season at 1:30 p.m. CT, Friday against Maine in the first round of the Wolfpack Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. The Tigers will take on either Wofford or host North Carolina State in the second round on Saturday.
Season and tickets are still on sale with individual packages starting at $50 for reserved chairback seats. Auburn students are allowed in for free and discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Auburn's home schedule this season features games against Hofstra, Temple, Samford, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Missouri, Mississippi State and in-state rival Alabama.
For more information, please call the Athletic Department ticket office at 1-855-282-2010 or visit www.AUBTix.com.
SEC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Kentucky (167)
2. Georgia (149)
3. Texas A&M (145)
4. Vanderbilt (143)
5. Tennessee (117)
6. South Carolina (102)
7. LSU (96)
8. Florida (92)
9. Arkansas (72)
10. Auburn (57)
11. Mississippi State (51)
T12. Alabama (33)
T12. Missouri (33)
14. Ole Miss (17)