After starting out the 2020-2021 season in the top 10 of every major ranking, the Kentucky Wildcats have been on a free fall that has landed them on the outside looking in on every poll out there. Kentucky has lost three games in an row in embarrassing fashion, and even the Kentucky apologists out there have to acknowledge that this is not currently a competitive team.
Kentucky was ranked No. 16 in Andy Katz’s Power 36 a week ago, and that had the biggest fall of anyone, joining Western Kentucky, Alabama, Stanford, and Providence in showing themselves out of this group.
The Wildcats also fell out of the CBS Sports Top 25 and 1. You would not expect the entirety of an article about rankings to talk the only team that is no longer ranked from a week ago, but that is exactly what Gary Parrish decided to do.
“This rough start is the byproduct of Kentucky losing eight of the top nine scorers from last season’s team that won the SEC by multiple games — and the lone returning player, Keion Brooks, is sidelined with an injury,” Parrish wrote. “So the Wildcats are, at this moment, nothing but new faces. And though they have some talented pieces on the roster in the form of BJ Boston and Terrence Clarke, the lack of experience, lack of shooting, and undeniable problem at point guard, has made everything difficult.”
As expected, the Wildcats also dropped out of the AP Top 25 from the No. 20 spot. KenPom lists Kentucky at No. 36, which is probably the highest you will find them anywhere at this point.
It will be a tough road for Kentucky to climb back into the top 25 on any poll. Their schedule certainly will not get any easier, and unless Keion Brooks Jr. shows up and plays like LeBron James, it is going to take a lot of time to turn this thing around.