The Southeastern Conference announced its preseason order of finish and all-conference teams on Tuesday, as voted on by league coaches.
Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps was named to the first team while the Wildcats were picked to finish fifth in the league.
Epps earned one of nine spots on the preseason first team, marking her second such preseason honor this season. The former Marion County standout was also named to the six-player preseason All-SEC first team by league and national media last month.
Epps, a junior, took over the point guard role last season after Janee Thompson suffered a season-ending leg injury.
During the regular season, Epps averaged a team-high 14.3 points per game, which ranked eighth in the SEC. In league play, she was atop the SEC with 15.1 ppg and had the second-highest field goal percentage at 41.3.
Additionally, Epps was eighth in assists (2.9), ninth in free-throw percentage (.750), and sixth in minutes played (33.6).
South Carolina topped the predicted order of finish with 168 points. The Gamecocks were followed by Tennessee (158), Texas A&M (138), Mississippi State (134), Kentucky (125), Missouri (94), and Mississippi (81) rounding out the top half the league. Arkansas (77), Georgia (75), LSU (64), Vanderbilt (61), Florida (54), Auburn (29) and Alabama (16) frame the bottom half.
The Wildcats open the season at 7 p.m. Friday against Rice in Memorial Coliseum.