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A mixed bag for the Wildcats.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are coming off a productive week on the basketball court, while several ranked teams across the nation went down, leading to some big movement in the latest top 25 polls.

Among the top 15 teams to lose include Duke (Lumberjacks baby!), North Carolina, Oregon, Texas Tech, Gonzaga, Michigan State and Seton Hall, while Kentucky defeated UAB 69-58 on Friday.

That led to the Wildcats moving up to the No. 8 spot in the latest AP Poll with Gonzaga and Duke right behind them. Louisville is the new No. 1 team, followed by Kansas, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia.

AP Top 25 Poll

1. Louisville

2. Kansas

3. Maryland

4. Michigan

5. Virginia

6. Ohio State

7. North Carolina

8. Kentucky Wildcats

9. Gonzaga

10. Duke Blue

11. Michigan State

12. Arizona

13. Oregon

14. Auburn

15. Memphis

16. Seton Hall

17. Florida State

18. Baylor

19. Dayton

20. Colorado

21. Tennessee

22. Washington

23. Villanova

24. Butler

25. Utah State

The latest Coaches Poll has Kentucky climbing to No. 10.

Coaches Top 25 Poll

1. Louisville

2. Virginia

3. Kansas

4. Maryland

5. Michigan

6. Ohio State

7. North Carolina

8. Duke

9. Gonzaga

10. Kentucky

11. Arizona

12. Michigan State

13. Auburn

14. Oregon

15. Seton Hall

16. Baylor

17. Dayton

18. Memphis

19. Florida State

20. Tennessee

21. Colorado

22. Villanova

23. Washington

24. Butler

25. Oklahoma State

Surprisingly, NCAA.com’s Andy Katz dropped the Wildcats to No. 19 in his latest Power 36. I may be crazy, but Kentucky did win by double digits at home last week, right? That kind of drop feels suitable if they lost or maybe won on a last-second shot, or if Nate Sestina’s injury was season-ending (he’ll only be out 2-3 more weeks), but what do I know. Even better is Duke is ahead of the Wildcats at No. 18.

CBS Sports was a bit more friendly, bumping Kentucky up to No. 10.

ESPN also had the Wildcats jump to No. 10, but still behind Duke (9). Again, what are we doing here? Lest we forget one of their best players, Cassius Stanley, is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury.

KenPom has the Wildcats at No. 7. They’ve been moving between the 6/7/8 spots over the last two weeks.

In addition, ESPN has put out a new bracketology, which has Kentucky as a 3 seed in the Midwest Region with Louisville being the top seed.