Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Wildcats Drop to #3 in Latest AP Poll

The latest AP poll has Kentucky ranked #3, as does the coach's poll. Despite being well-beaten by Kansas, but absent Jarred Sullinger due to back spasms, both the coaches and AP ignored the KU loss as if it didn't happen and placed the Ohio St. Buckeyes #2, and elevated the Syracuse Orange to #1.

Indiana was elevated from unranked to #18 in the AP poll, a prodigious jump by any standard, but you have to think they deserved a big jump after upsetting the #1 team in the land. There are several poll anomalies which we'll talk about after the jump.

Here is the poll with some additional information:

Chng Rank Prev Team Wins Losses Votes 1st SOS SOS Proj SOS Rank SOS Proj Rnk Conference
2 1 3 Syracuse 10 0 1607 51 0.5806 0.641 39 4 Big East
0 2 2 Ohio State 8 1 1478 7 0.5318 0.6268 105 15 Big Ten
-2 3 1 Kentucky 8 1 1468 4 0.5586 0.5643 70 80 SEC
1 4 5 Louisville 9 0 1374 2 0.5024 0.6205 175 19 Big East
-1 5 4 North Carolina 8 2 1373 1 0.5689 0.5833 52 47 ACC
0 6 6 Baylor 7 0 1284 0 0.4615 0.6178 235 22 Big 12
0 7 7 Duke 9 1 1273 0 0.6498 0.5998 9 35 ACC
0 8 8 Xavier 8 0 1122 0 0.5057 0.575 170 62 A-10
0 9 9 Connecticut 8 1 1087 0 0.5846 0.625 37 16 Big East
0 10 10 Missouri 9 0 1030 0 0.4542 0.5866 251 46 Big 12
0 11 11 Marquette 9 0 988 0 0.5722 0.6157 48 24 Big East
1 12 13 Kansas 7 2 945 0 0.5936 0.6291 29 11 Big 12
-1 13 12 Florida 7 2 891 0 0.5178 0.564 144 82 SEC
0 14 14 Wisconsin 8 2 728 0 0.5921 0.633 30 7 Big Ten
0 15 15 Pittsburgh 9 1 696 0 0.5069 0.5921 167 39 Big East
2 16 18 Georgetown 8 1 602 0 0.4642 0.6049 231 33 Big East
0 17 17 Mississippi Sta 9 1 574 0 0.488 0.5672 195 75 SEC
New 18 - Indiana 9 0 462 0 0.4792 0.5829 209 50 Big Ten
5 19 24 Illinois 10 0 375 0 0.4586 0.6269 243 14 Big Ten
0 20 20 Michigan 7 2 354 0 0.6012 0.6427 20 3 Big Ten
New 21 - Michigan State 8 2 310 0 0.5792 0.6598 42 1 Big Ten
0 22 22 Texas A&M 8 1 270 0 0.3423 0.5795 341 55 Big 12
-7 23 16 Alabama 8 2 204 0 0.5875 0.6158 34 23 SEC
New 24 - Murray State 10 0 93 0 0.5351 0.4157 98 291 Ohio Valley
-6 25 19 Creighton 7 1 88 0 0.535 0.5599 101 88 Missouri Valley
New 25 - Vanderbilt 6 3 88 0 0.6802 0.6103 5 29 SEC

My observations:

  • Indiana jumps all the way up to 18th after beating #1, but Kansas gets only a 1-point bump for beating Ohio St. I know they didn't have Sullinger, but did that really reduce OSU to the level of a mid-major?
  • Murray St. is looking strong. They beat Memphis on the road and could well go undefeated the rest of the year.
  • I guess the weak performance against Long Beach St. cost the North Carolina Tar Heels a spot.
  • Somebody explain to my why Connecticut should be ranked above Missouri. I can only think of one reason.
  • Not sure how a victory over 6-3 Davidson gets Vanderbilt back in the top 25 at 6-3 themselves.
  • At least Louisville didn't get moved from their already vastly overstated position.
  • How is it that the Saint Louis Billikens are still unranked? They have wins over Washington and Oklahoma, two decent teams, and only 1 loss.

What would you like to ask the AP voters, or observe about the poll?

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