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UK rises in new college hoops top 25 polls, NET & power rankings

The Cats are even starting to get top-10 love.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Another big win for the Kentucky Wildcats has led to another boost in the latest top 25 polls and power rankings.

Thanks to a three-game winning streak — including wins over No. 15 North Carolina on a neutral court and at Louisville, who beat No. 8 Michigan State — Kentucky is getting more love nationally after being unranked in several rankings following their loss to Seton Hall.

The young Cats have made steady improvement since Game 1, and we’re really starting to see what this team is made of after back-to-back wins over quality teams.

The new AP Poll has the Cats checking in at No. 13. The new Coaches Poll has Kentucky rising up to the No. 14 spot.

AP Top 25 Poll

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

Coaches Top 25 Poll

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

Sports Illustrated has Kentucky checking in at No. 9. They also had Kentucky as one of five teams on the rise:

The Wildcats are finally starting to look like the team we expected in the preseason after earning back-to-back wins over North Carolina in Chicago and at rival Louisville. It’s no coincidence that this is occurring when Kentucky is starting to get big contributions from defensive standout Ashton Hagans and sharp-shooter Tyler Herro. Hagans had eight steals against the Tar Heels, and Herro scored 24 and shot 10 of 13 from the field against the Cardinals. Consistency from both of those freshmen is key for UK going forward, especially with the beginning of SEC play looming this weekend.

The latest NBC Sports Top 25 has Kentucky standing pat at the No. 12 spot.

CBS Sports has Kentucky at No. 16.

ESPN’s latest power rankings (only 16 teams) now have the Cats at No. 13 after being previously unranked.

John Calipari has the Wildcats back in the Power Rankings on the strength of a three-game winning streak that included a neutral-court win over Kentucky and a rivalry win at Louisville. Will they keep the momentum rolling in 2019? Circle this three-game stretch toward the end of January: at Auburn, vs. Mississippi State, vs. Kansas.

The Wildcats did climb up to the No. 11 spot in the latest NCAA NET rankings.

We will add in the latest Coaches Top 25 Poll when it comes out later today.