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Where UK stands in new top 25 polls, NET & power rankings

UK gets a major test this week against a top-10 UNC team.

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The Kentucky Wildcats didn’t move much in the latest round of top 25 polls and power rankings.

Despite scoring an impressive win over Utah, Kentucky still isn’t getting much respect, which is to be expected for an 8-2 team that’s 0-2 vs. the best teams they’ve played so far. When your best wins are against Southern Illinois and UNC-Greensboro, it’s very hard to move up in the polls until they actually beat a legitimate team, like say North Carolina.

The Wildcats badly need to beat the Tar Heels this week to get their season back on track, and it would also lead to a big boost in the top 25 polls.

For now, the latest AP Poll has Kentucky still sitting at the No. 19 spot. North Carolina is up to No. 9 following their blowout win over No. 8 Gonzaga.

The Coaches Poll also has Kentucky standing pat at No. 18, while North Carolina is at No. 10.

Coaches Top 25 Poll

  1. Kansas Jayhawks
  2. Duke Blue Devils
  3. Virginia Cavaliers
  4. Tennessee Volunteers
  5. Michigan Wolverines
  6. Nevada Wolf Pack
  7. Auburn Tigers
  8. Michigan State Spartans
  9. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  10. North Carolina Tar Heels
  11. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  12. Florida State Seminoles
  13. Virginia Tech Hokies
  14. Ohio State Buckeyes
  15. Buffalo Bulls
  16. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  17. Wisconsin Badgers
  18. Kentucky Wildcats
  19. Arizona State Sun Devils
  20. Houston Cougars
  21. Iowa Hawkeyes
  22. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  23. Marquette Golden Eagles
  24. Maryland Terrapins
  25. Furman Paladins

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Kansas Jayhawks
  2. Duke Blue Devils
  3. Tennessee Volunteers
  4. Michigan Wolverines
  5. Virginia Cavaliers
  6. Nevada Wolf Pack
  7. Auburn Tigers
  8. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  9. North Carolina Tar Heels
  10. Michigan State Spartans
  11. Florida State Seminoles
  12. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  13. Virginia Tech Hokies
  14. Buffalo Bulls
  15. Ohio State Buckeyes
  16. Wisconsin Badgers
  17. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  18. Arizona State Sun Devils
  19. Kentucky Wildcats
  20. Marquette Golden Eagles
  21. Houston Cougars
  22. Indiana Hoosiers
  23. Iowa Hawkeyes
  24. Furman Paladins
  25. Nebraska Cornhuskers’s Power 36 ranking has Kentucky checking in at No. 33 after getting left out last week:

The Wildcats probably should have been in the Power 36 last week after losing in overtime to Seton Hall. But they didn’t have the resume win. Utah won’t do it for Kentucky since the Utes are in a rebuild. But at least Kentucky looked the part and played as well offensively at times as it has this season. Kentucky can still be a major player before season’s end.

Sports Illustrated has Kentucky checking in at No. 16.

The latest NBC Sports, The Athletic and CBS Sports rankings don’t include Kentucky. ESPN’s latest power rankings (only 16 teams) also do not include Kentucky.

The Wildcats did climb up to the No. 29 spot in the latest NCAA NET rankings.

While Kentucky is not highly thought of at the moment, they can change the narrative in a big way this weekend against North Carolina, who sits inside the top 10 in all of these rankings.