BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The LSU women’s basketball team was picked to finish in a tie for ninth place in the Southeastern Conference’s annual media preseason poll released Tuesday.

LSU and Georgia tied for ninth place after receiving 128 points each from the media panel, which awards points on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the 14-team league.

South Carolina, the defending SEC tournament champion and a Final Four participant, was picked to win the league title with 265 points, while Tennessee was close behind with 248 points.

Mississippi State (215), Texas A&M (207) and Kentucky (205) rounded out the top five.

Each media member also voted for a five-player preseason all-conference team and named South Carolina’s Tiffany Mitchell the player of the year. LSU did not have a representative on the five-player All-SEC preseason team.

The release of the media poll is held in conjunction with the SEC Tipoff ’16 event, which the Lady Tigers will participate in on Thursday at the SEC Network/ESPNU Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina.

LSU coach Nikki Caldwell and two student-athletes will participate in various walkthroughs, demonstrations and interviews that will be used in telecasts during the upcoming season.

The SEC women’s coaches poll will be released next month before the start of the regular season.

LSU will host Union University in an exhibition game on Nov. 4 and open the season on Nov. 13 when the Lady Tigers travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to take on Wake Forest.

Women’s SEC Media Poll

(Predicted order of finish)

1. South Carolina, 265 points

2. Tennessee, 248

3. Mississippi State, 215

4. Texas A&M, 207

5. Kentucky, 205

6. Ole Miss, 169

7. Missouri, 165

8. Arkansas, 138

9. LSU, 128

tie, Georgia, 128

11. Vanderbilt, 80

12. Florida, 78

13. Auburn, 65

14. Alabama, 34

Preseason All-SEC

Alaina Coates, South Carolina

Diamond DeShields, Tennessee

Mykala Epps, Kentucky

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina

Player of the Year

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina