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Monday Headlines: Kentucky in the College Basketball Rankings (UPDATE)

A look at where Kentucky stands after beating North Carolina.

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Fresh off a win over then-No. 9 North Carolina, Kentucky Basketball is moving on up in the world.

College Basketball AP Top 25

1. Purdue

2. Kansas

3. Houston

4. Arizona

5. UConn

6. Marquette

7. Oklahoma

8. Tennessee

9. Kentucky

10. Baylor

11. North Carolina

12. Creighton

13. Illinois

14. FAU

15. Gonzaga

16. Colorado State

17. BYU

18. Clemson

19. Texas

20. James Madison

21. Duke

22. Virginia

23. Memphis

24. Wisconsin

25. Ole Miss

Others receiving votes: Miami 97, Auburn 87, Colorado 84, Utah 37, Iowa St. 24, Ohio St. 12, Michigan St. 10, TCU 10, Texas A&M 9, San Diego St. 8, Northwestern 5, Providence 5, Alabama 3, Dayton 3, Nevada 3, New Mexico 2, Grand Canyon 2, Washington 2, Saint Joseph’s 2, South Carolina 1, Mississippi St. 1.

Where do you think Kentucky should be ranked? Sound off!


Your Kentucky Wildcats have a ton of momentum heading into this week’s annual matchup with the Louisville Cardinals. Head coach John Calipari and his team are coming off a nail-biting victory over the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic.

The Wildcats made all of the right plays late in the 87-83 victory — something that they haven’t exactly been known for consistently doing over the last several years. Each of the Wildcats played well, which was extremely positive to see, considering the opposition.

A win over the No. 9 team in the country should thrust the No. 14 Wildcats up a spot or two. CBS Sports ranked Kentucky at No. 11 yesterday, one spot ahead of North Carolina.

Though the loss was a second consecutive loss for the Tar Heels, they were still ranked No. 9 coming into the game and are just a few weeks removed from putting up 100 against the then-No. 10 Tennessee Volunteers. So if they fall back just a few spots, it’s understandable.

Next up for Kentucky are in-state rival Louisville. While the Cardinals have been quite underwhelming so far this year, Kentucky can’t look past this one. After losing to UNC-Wilmington a few weeks ago, another loss like that would do Kentucky no favors come March.

According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Wildcats have an 87.6% victory. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 pm ET on Thursday with television coverage on ESPN.

Check back throughout the day for updates on the latest rankings and top 25 polls for UK.

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Headlines

Kentucky Cruises Past Furman on Sunday – UK Athletics

On Sunday, two guards for the Kentucky women’s basketball team experienced a bit of role reversal. Turns out that it worked out well for them both.

Young Cats answer the call against Carolina - Cats Pause

Unlike the Kansas game, Kentucky’s freshmen responded after losing the lead late.

Travis Perry Scores Big at the Home of King Kelly Coleman - KSR

Excited to have him as a future Wildcat.

Derrick Henry ponders future with Titans out of playoff chase - ESPN

Hard to picture him in a different uniform.

Why UK Didn’t Foul Up 3 Points vs UNC in the Final Seconds - KSR

Trusting their defense.

Brock Purdy endorses Christian McCaffrey as NFL MVP - ESPN

Hard to argue with that.

Will Levis injured in overtime loss to Houston - KSR

Sure hope he’s okay.

Charlie Woods makes splash at PNC Championship - USA Today

This is so much fun to watch.

UK WBB ends two-game losing skid with win over Furman - KSR

Nice bounce-back win.

Kyle McCord announces he is transferring to Syracuse - USA Today

This was rather surprising.