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Arkansas picked to finish third in SEC West by media

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas' Ronnie Brewer was named
Southeastern Conference preseason player of the year Thursday, and
the Razorbacks were picked to finish third in the SEC West by
league media.

Brewer, a junior guard, was honored at the SEC's media days in
Birmingham, Ala. He is the conference's top returning scorer at
16.2 points per game.

"He is one of the premier players in our league and in the
country," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "The thing about Ronnie
is you don't expect it to go to his head. I expect him to continue
and hopefully he gets it at the end of the year."

Brewer edged LSU sophomore Glen Davis by one vote.

Arkansas' Red-White Game is Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
Players will be available to sign autographs from 1-3 p.m. The game
starts at 4:05.

"Saturday is a great opportunity for fans to come out and get a
taste of basketball," Heath said. "A good amount of the things
we'll do this season are already in."

Arkansas opens its season against Portland State on Nov. 18. The
Razorbacks went 18-12 in 2004-05, failing to make the NCAA
tournament, but they return their top three scorers -- Brewer,
forward Darian Townes (10.2 ppg) and guard Jonathon Modica (9.6).

"I expect us to be better in December than we are right now,
and I expect us to be better in January and then in February and in
March," Heath said.