clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

College Basketball 2018: AP Top 25 Poll and ESPN Power Rankings Updated

A new No. 1 highlights the latest AP Poll and ESPN Power Rankings.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The newest college basketball AP Top 25 Poll is out, and somehow, the Kentucky Wildcats have dropped a spot.

Despite a pair of wins over Louisville and Georgie, the Cats surprisingly fell to the No. 17 spot in the newest AP Poll. It’s very rare for a team to win consecutive games in the middle of a season and still drop, but UK getting no respect is nothing new this season.

As for the top, the Michigan State Spartans are your new No. 1 team. The Villanova Wildcats dropped to No. 3 following their upset loss at Butler.

Here is the entire AP Poll:

1 Michigan State Spartans

2 Duke Blue Devils

3 Villanova Wildcats

4 Arizona State Sun Devils

5 Xavier Musketeers

6 West Virginia Mountaineers

7 Oklahoma Sooners

8 Virginia Cavaliers

9 Wichita State Shockers

10 Kansas Jayhawks

11 Texas A&M Aggies

12 North Carolina Tar Heels

13 Purdue Boilermakers

14 Arizona Wildcats

15 Miami-Florida Hurricanes

16 TCU Horned Frogs

17 Kentucky Wildcats

18 Texas Tech Red Raiders

tie 19 Gonzaga Bulldogs

tie 19 Cincinnati Bearcats

21 Seton Hall Pirates

22 Arkansas Razorbacks

23 Tennessee Volunteers

24 Florida State Seminoles

25 Clemson Tigers

The newest ESPN power rankings weren’t much better, as UK remained at No. 18:

18. Kentucky Wildcats

Record: 11-2

Last week: 18

Things are starting to come together for John Calipari's Wildcats, although a 29-point win over Louisville isn't what it used to be. More importantly, Kentucky really defended on Friday, contesting shots, not letting the Cardinals get anything easy. The key offensively is still shooting the ball; Kentucky made 46.2 percent against Louisville.

The good news is these polls and rankings will help the young Cats stay grounded, seeing that no one seems to think they’re that good.