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South Carolina men’s basketball picked to finish near bottom of SEC

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The media is down on the Gamecocks’ chances after last year’s March magic.

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

SEC media members chose the South Carolina men’s basketball team to finish 11th in the conference this season, and the Gamecocks were shut out of preseason player honors as well.

South Carolina is coming off a dream season that saw the Gamecocks run up a 26-11 record, snap a 13-year NCAA tournament drought, and reach the program’s first-ever Final Four. But with star guards Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier now in the NBA, and key contributor Duane Notice lost to graduation, skepticism is understandable. It remains to be seen whether South Carolina caught lightning in a bottle or will be able to build on that groundbreaking campaign.

Here’s a little bit of optimism, where media polls are concerned: The previous two seasons, the Gamecocks were picked to finish 7th and 8th in the SEC pecking order and finished third both years.

Kentucky, of course, was tabbed as the champion, followed by Florida and Texas A&M.