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Tuesday Headlines: Kentucky in the New CBB Rankings (UPDATED)

Kentucky Basketball is climbing into the top five of several rankings.

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Justin Edwards. Antonio Reeves. Aaron Bradshaw. Drew Brown - A Sea Of Blue

Kentucky Basketball is moving on up.

Did we miss any of the new rankings? Let us know in the comments section, and sound off on where you think Kentucky should be ranked!

We’re officially in 2024, and the Kentucky Wildcats are on the doorstep of Southeastern Conference play.

The Wildcats are also now ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Top-25 poll — their highest recognition of the season. And while that may sound like “familiar” territory for Kentucky, it’s actually their highest ranking in the AP Poll to open a new year since the 2016-2017 season.

If you’re more into analytics, KenPom has Kentucky ranked No. 18 overall, No. 7 in offensive efficiency, and no. 50 in defensive efficiency.

Kentucky has taken care of business the last several weeks, winning their last four games by an average score of 16 points. That includes a road win at Penn, a neutral site win over No. 8 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic, a road win at Louisville, and a home win over Illinois State. And while a couple of those victories may not seem “marquee,” the Wildcats did what they were expected to do by winning those games convincingly.

As the Wildcats enter SEC play, their first game will be at Florida this Saturday. They’ll then return home for a matchup with Missouri before hitting the road again to pay a visit to Texas A&M. In fact, four of Kentucky’s next seven games will be on the road — allowing the opportunity for the Wildcats to add a few quality wins to their resume.

The team’s loss to UNC-Wilmington in December, securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament will be a challenging road. However, it’s not out of the question. The SEC boasts a tough conference, and if Kentucky can power through its schedule, a top-four overall seed is still achievable. It all starts with this weekend, though, and winning one game at a time.

Now, check back here later as we look at where Kentucky stands in the newest college basketball rankings.

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