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

The Cats are creeping back into the top 10 with a big test at Auburn this week.

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Last week was a good one for the Kentucky Wildcats, are are climbing in all of the major polls and rankings.

Sure, they struggled more than most expected vs. Vanderbilt and Texas A&M, but in the end, the Cats came away with two victories. The same cannot be said for the rest of college basketball, as seven teams ranked ahead of Kentucky suffered defeats last week.

The new AP Poll has the Cats checking in at the No. 12 spot, up from No. 18 last week. Auburn, who Kentucky will play on the road this week, is ranked No. 15, so we’ve got a top-15 clash this Saturday.

Kentucky is up to No. 14 in the latest Coaches Poll, while Auburn checks in at No. 12, so the opposite of the AP Poll.

AP Top 25 Poll

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

Coaches Top 25 Poll

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

The Wildcats moved up to No. 12 in the Sports Illustrated rankings

Kentucky is now at No. 10 in the NBC Sports Top 25.

The new NCAA Power 36 rankings still have Kentucky checking in at No. 13:

ESPN now lists Kentucky at No. 11 of their power rankings.

The Wildcats are up to No. 11 in the NCAA Net rankings.

All told, it’s clear that Kentucky can get a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament if they can have a good finish in SEC play. That’s easier said than done based on how hard the schedule is getting. They’re set to have top-25 matchups with Auburn, Mississippi State and Kansas over the next two weeks. If Kentucky can win two or even three of them, they’ll get back in the conversation for a 1 seed in March.

We will upload the Coaches Top 25 Poll when it comes out later.