Gamecocks selected to finish 3rd in East in SEC coaches poll

Columbia, S.C. (USC) - South Carolina was selected to finish in third place in the Eastern Division in the 2013 SEC Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released on Tuesday, Feb. 12.{}

Both the Gamecocks and Kentucky shared a tie for third place in the poll.{}

The Gamecocks won the SEC East in 2012 and tied for first place and the SEC championship in 2011.{}{} Carolina has finished in the top three places of the SEC Eastern Division 16 of 21 seasons since joining the league.{}

The 2013 season begins on Friday, February 15 as the Gamecocks host a three-game series with Liberty at Carolina Stadium.

Arkansas is the choice to win the 2013 SEC championship with Vanderbilt the choice to win the West. In addition to picking a preseason champion, the head coaches voted a predicted order of finish in the SEC Eastern and Western Divisions.{}{} Points were compiled on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division.{} Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.2013 SEC COACHES PRESEASON POLL RESULTSEastern DivisionTeam{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Points1.{} Vanderbilt{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 892.{} Florida{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} {} {} 673.{} South Carolina{}{}{}{}{} 59{}{}{}{} Kentucky{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 595.{} Georgia{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 416.{} Tennessee{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 297.{} Missouri{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 23Western DivisionTeam{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Points1.{} Arkansas{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 902.{} LSU{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 753.{} Mississippi State{}{} 594.{} Ole Miss{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 545.{} Texas A&M{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 516.{} Alabama{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 267.{} Auburn{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} 24SOUTH CAROLINA'S SEC HISTORY

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