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UT hoop forecast includes SEC title

UT hoop forecast includes SEC title

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee was predicted to win the Southeastern Conference men’s championship and Chris Lofton was selected preseason All-SEC by a panel of select regional and national media representatives.
Tennessee also announced Tuesday that it has sold out 2007-08 men’s basketball season tickets for the first time in program history. The 16,000 season tickets sold easily breaks the previous record of 13,929 set in 1987, the first season Thompson-Boling Arena was open.
“I still can’t believe it,” coach Bruce Pearl said. “We were already so excited to get this season started, now to know we could open the season to a sell out crowd is just amazing.”
Single-game tickets for matchups against Kentucky, Florida and Ohio State have also sold out.
The 30 media voters unanimously selected the Volunteers to win the SEC Eastern Division in the preseason poll on Tuesday in advance of the SEC basketball media days, which start Wednesday. The Vols were voted to top Kentucky, followed by defending national champion Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia and South Carolina.
Arkansas was selected to win the SEC Western Division, followed by Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi.
Tennessee is coming off a 24-win season and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The Vols return four starters in Lofton, Wayne Chism, JaJuan Smith and Ramar Smith.
Lofton, a senior, was chosen unanimously by the media for the preseason All-SEC team and was also named SEC men’s basketball player of the year. Vols’ sophomore transfer Tyler Smith also received one vote for player of the year.
Smith was named to the preseason All-SEC second team.
The SEC media voting panel consists of two media members selected by each SEC school and six additional national writers selected by conference officials.
The Vols will play exhibition games against California University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 2 and Lincoln Memorial on Nov. 5, before opening the season Nov. 9 at home against Temple.

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