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
6. Ohio State
8. Kentucky Wildcats
10. Duke Blue
11. Michigan State
16. Seton Hall
17. Florida State
25. Utah State
The latest Coaches Poll has Kentucky climbing to No. 10.
Coaches Top 25 Poll
6. Ohio State
7. North Carolina
12. Michigan State
15. Seton Hall
19. Florida State
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.