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Where the Wildcats sit in new hoops rankings and bracketology

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The Cats will soon face arguably the two best teams in college basketball.

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Another upset-filled week has led to more shake ups in the latest top 25 polls.

For the Kentucky Wildcats, it was a relatively quiet week. They took care of business against Fairleigh Dickinson, while several teams around them fell. However, the Wildcats remained at the same spot in the latest AP Poll, checking in at No. 8. Virginia fell behind Kentucky, but Duke jumped ahead to No. 7.

Louisville, Kansas, Ohio State, Maryland and Michigan rounded out the top five.

AP Top 25 Poll

1. Louisville

2. Kansas

3. Ohio State

4. Maryland

5. Michigan

6. Gonzaga

7. Duke

8. Kentucky

9. Virginia

10. Oregon

11. Baylor

12. Auburn

13. Memphis

14. Dayton

15. Arizona

16. Michigan State

17. North Carolina

18. Butler

19. Tennessee

20. Villanova

21. Florida State

22. Seton Hall

23. Xavier

24. Colorado

25. San Diego State

Others Receiving Votes: Utah State 160, Washington 144, Purdue 130, Indiana 13, Marquette 11, Liberty 9, Saint Mary’s 8, Texas 6, Florida 5, Penn State 5, Georgia 4, West Virginia 3, Richmond 3, LSU 2, Duquesne 1, DePaul 1, VCU 1

The new Coaches Poll has Kentucky rising up to the No. 9 spot.

Coaches Top 25 Poll

1. Louisville

2. Ohio State

3. Kansas

4. Maryland

5. Duke

6. Gonzaga

7. Michigan

8. Virginia

9. Kentucky

10. Auburn

11. Baylor

12. Dayton

13. Oregon

14. Arizona

15. Michigan State

16. North Carolina

17. Tie between Memphis & Tennessee

19. Butler

20. Villanova

21. Florida State

22. Seton Hall

23. Colorado

24. San Diego State

25. Washington

Others Receiving Votes: Purdue 68; Xavier 66; Utah St. 32; VCU 17; Texas 12; Oklahoma 11; Oklahoma State 10; Louisiana State 10; Indiana 10; DePaul 9; Marquette 8; Wichita St. 6; Stanford 4; St. Mary’s 4; Florida 4; Iowa State 2; Creighton 2; Texas Tech 1; Liberty 1; Arkansas 1.

Most of the new rankings have Kentucky in or right outside the top 10. However, they all also have Ohio State and Louisville — two teams Kentucky faces in the coming weeks — in the top five. Some rankings even have the Cardinals and Buckeyes ranked No. 1 and 2 respectively.

The Andy Katz Power 36 gave Kentucky a big bump from No. 19 to No. 11, which begs the question of why they were down at 19 to begin with, and how did a win of Fairleigh Dickinson bump them up so high?

CBS Sports has Kentucky up to the No. 8 spot.

As far as advanced metrics go, ESPN BPI has the Wildcats down at No. 16.

KenPom is much friendlier, as they still have Kentucky ranked No. 7 overall.

The latest ESPN bracketology from Joe Lunardi has Kentucky coming in as a 3 seed in the Midwest Region with Ohio State at No. 1. Virginia (2), Arizona (4), North Carolina (5) and Memphis (7) are the other notables.

We’ll upload the Coaches Poll later when it’s up.