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Where UK stands in new top 25 polls, NET & bracketology

UK is ranked as high as No. 2 & being projected to Louisville for the NCAA Tournament

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A new week has arrived, and with it comes a roundup of new top-25 polls have Kentucky climbing into the top four.

The Wildcats were going to be an interesting team to rank this week after losing to No. 19 LSU at the buzzer, then beating No. 1 Tennessee in convincing fashion.

The latest AP Top 25 has the Wildcats checking in at No. 4, while Tennessee dropped to No. 5, and Duke is the new No. 1 team. That’s the exact situation in the latest Coaches Top 25 Poll, where the Cats check in at No. 4. LSU is now a top-15 in both polls and are actually No. 13 in the AP Poll.

Coaches 25 Poll

  1. Duke Blue Devils
  2. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  3. Virginia Cavaliers
  4. Kentucky Wildcats
  5. Tennessee Volunteers
  6. Nevada Wolf Pack
  7. Michigan Wolverines
  8. Houston Cougars
  9. North Carolina Tar Heels
  10. Marquette Golden Eagles
  11. Michigan State Spartans
  12. Kansas Jayhawks
  13. Purdue Boilermakers
  14. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  15. LSU Tigers
  16. Villanova Wildcats
  17. Florida State Seminoles
  18. Virginia Tech Hokies
  19. Iowa Hawkeyes
  20. Iowa State Cyclones
  21. Kansas State Wildcats
  22. Louisville Cardinals
  23. Wisconsin Badgers
  24. Buffalo Bulls
  25. Maryland Terrapins & Cincinnati Bearcats

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Duke Blue Devils
  2. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  3. Virginia Cavaliers
  4. Kentucky Wildcats
  5. Tennessee Volunteers
  6. Nevada Wolf Pack
  7. Michigan Wolverines
  8. North Carolina Tar Heels
  9. Houston Cougars
  10. Michigan State Spartans
  11. Marquette Golden Eagles
  12. Kansas Jayhawks
  13. LSU Tigers
  14. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  15. Purdue Boilermakers
  16. Florida State Seminoles
  17. Villanova Wildcats
  18. Louisville Cardinals
  19. Iowa State Cyclones
  20. Virginia Tech Hokies
  21. Iowa Hawkeyes
  22. Wisconsin Badgers
  23. Kansas State Wildcats
  24. Maryland Terrapins
  25. Buffalo Bulls

As for the latest round of bracketology, Kentucky is still projected as a 2 seed, but now, several projections have it being in the South Region with Virginia as the 1 seed, including CBS Sports, USA Today and Brackettville.

Jason Lisk of The Big Lead didn’t do a bracket, but he does project Kentucky to be the final 1 seed in this year’s Big Dance,

If that seeding were to happen on Selection Sunday, Kentucky would have had seven games vs. teams with a top-5 seed, including wins over Louisville, North Carolina, Kansas and Tennessee. Kentucky would also have 13 Quadrant 1 wins, trailing only Duke’s 14. That’s why there’s a very good case to be made that the Wildcats should have a 1 seed if Selection Sunday was today.

The latest NCAA NET ranking has Kentucky coming in at No. 5 while Tennessee drops to 6. But while Houston is at No. 4, the initial bracket reveal suggests that the committee may not even give the Cougars a 2 seed as of now, so Kentucky is in great shape for a 1 seed.

Seth Davis of CBS Sports and The Athletic has Kentucky all the way up to No. 2.

Sports Illustrated also lists Kentucky at No. 4, as Tennessee dropped three spots in their ranking to No. 5.

They also offered this assessment of the WIldcatS=s:

The Wildcats are on the rise despite their loss to LSU given how impressive their win over Tennessee was. Kentucky essentially led wire-to-wire and looked dominant at times against the nation’s No. 1 team. Its defense did a great job on Grant Williams, who attempted a season-low two shots inside the arc, and forced the Vols into taking more threes (25) than they had in a game since Dec. 9.

NBC Sports has the Wildcats rising to the No. 4 spot. Duke is No. 1 there and at SI.

CBS Sports still has Kentucky listed at No. 6, with Michigan at No. 5 and Tennessee dropping to No. 4, and Gonzaga is now their No. 1 team.

The Wildcats are 11-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with losses to two sub-50 KenPom teams. UK is 11-1 in its past 12 games heading into Tuesday’s game at Missouri.

The ESPN power rankings have Kentucky climbing to the No. 5 spot, while Duke jumped Tennessee to be No. 1.