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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Bama bias?

The SEC Basketball Media Days wrapped up in Birmingham, Ala., today with Florida picked to win the East, Alabama picked to win the West and Florida the overall title.

LSU, returning three starters from a Final Four team, was picked second in the West.

Maybe it's pure coincidence, but Alabama was picked to win the West in Birmingham, the same city where Auburn where was picked to win the West in football. (That would be Arkansas atop the SEC West football standings as of this moment).

Actually, it may not be coincidence. At each of the SEC's Media Days, there is an ample representation from Alabama media types, more than any other state if only because of location. Those media members are far more knowledgeable about the teams in their own state than the others, that's just life.

So these media polls out of SEC Media Days often have an Alabama taint to them. And that is why they shouldn't be taken with much seriousness.


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