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Where UK stands in new top 25 polls and NET rankings

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UK is no longer the top-ranked team in the SEC.

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The Kentucky Wildcats may be riding a six-game winning streak, but they managed to take a small dip in the latest top 25 polls.

After a one-game week in which the Wildcats defeated Central Michigan 85-57, they fell one spot to No. 10 in the new AP Poll. Alabama moved past the Cats to No. 9 following a win over Gonzaga last week.

Speaking of SEC teams, the league now has seven members in this week’s top 25 after LSU checked in at No. 25. Arkansas (12), Tennessee (13), Auburn (18) and Florida (20) made up the rest.

At the top, Purdue is ranked No. 1 overall for the first time in program history. Baylor, Duke, UCLA and Gonzaga made up the rest of the top five.

It was a similar story with the new Coaches Top 25 Poll, where Kentucky dropped two spots to No. 12. Alabama (9), Arkansas (10), Tennessee (14), Florida (16), Auburn (21) and LSU (24) made up the rest of the SEC.

Oh, and Memphis is unranked in both polls. Pity.

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Purdue
  2. Baylor
  3. Duke
  4. UCLA
  5. Gonzaga
  6. Villanova
  7. Texas
  8. Kansas
  9. Alabama
  10. Kentucky
  11. Arizona
  12. Arkansas
  13. Tennessee
  14. Houston
  15. Connecticut
  16. USC
  17. Iowa State
  18. Auburn
  19. Michigan State
  20. Florida
  21. Ohio State
  22. Wisconsin
  23. Seton Hall
  24. BYU
  25. LSU

Others receiving votes: Colorado State 90, Xavier 78, Illinois 71, North Carolina 55, St. Bonaventure 37, Oklahoma 29, Memphis 14, Iowa 12, Michigan 11, San Francisco 10, Loyola Chicago 4, Indiana 3, Texas Tech 2

Coaches Top 25 Poll

  1. Purdue
  2. Baylor
  3. Duke
  4. UCLA
  5. Gonzaga
  6. Villanova
  7. Kansas
  8. Arizona
  9. Alabama
  10. Arkansas
  11. Texas
  12. Kentucky
  13. Houston
  14. Tennessee
  15. Southern California
  16. Florida
  17. Wisconsin
  18. Connecticut
  19. Iowa State
  20. Michigan State
  21. Auburn
  22. Ohio State
  23. Brigham Young
  24. LSU
  25. Seton Hall

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado State (9-0) 79; Illinois (6-2) 41; St. Bonaventure (7-1) 34; Texas Tech (6-1) 29; Xavier (7-1) 24; San Francisco (9-0) 21; Michigan (5-3) 18; Memphis (5-3) 15; Iowa (7-1) 13; Providence (8-1) 13; North Carolina (6-2) 12; Indiana (7-1) 10; Minnesota (7-0) 7; Oklahoma (7-1) 7; Weber State (8-0) 3; Wake Forest (8-1) 2; Loyola-Chicago (7-2) 1; Utah Valley (7-1) 1; Wyoming (8-0) 1.


In addition, the first edition of the NET rankings are out. Kentucky checked in at No. 39, largely due to playing five Quad 4 teams thus far in Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, Central Michigan, Albany and North Florida.

The Cats do have a home win over No. 88 Ohio, which is considered a Quad 3 win. They also have a Quad 1 loss to Duke.

This week, Kentucky hosts No. 255 Southern, a Quad I game, then plays at No. 157 Notre Dame, a Quad 3 game.

Next week, Kentucky will face No. 28 Ohio State in Vegas, which will be a Quad 1 game.