They also sport a home loss to UNC-Wilmington, giving the BBN a wide range of emotions heading into SEC Play.
AP voters, however, see a team that is one of the best in the country, as Kentucky moved up to No. 6 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll.
That’s actually a big mark for Kentucky. According to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, this is the first time since the 2016-17 season that the Cats were in the top 10 of the first AP Poll of a new year.
That’s right. None of the Kentucky teams since then started a new year in the AP top 10, though several of them did finish their respective seasons in that range.
We all know how that 2016-17 season finished with De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo. They didn’t make the Final Four but still had a fantastic season that saw them win 32 games, advance to the Elite Eight, and claim both the SEC regular-season and conference tournament championships.
As for this new AP Poll, the current top five are Purdue, Kansas, Houston, UCONN, and Tennessee.
The Cats got lucky this week to see a rise after playing just one cupcake game. Thanks to losses by Arizona (lost to Stanford) and FAU (lost to Florida Gulf Coast), Kentucky now sits on the cusp of the top five heading into Saturday’s matchup at Florida.
Outside of Kentucky and Tennessee, the SEC is sporting two other top-25 squads in Ole Miss (No. 22) and Auburn (No. 25).
Conference play is here, folks, and the Cats are a top-10 squad. Let the fun begin.