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Monday Headlines: Kentucky in the New College Basketball Rankings Edition

Where Kentucky Basketball stands in this week’s rankings.

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The first batch of new rankings are in, and, for the most part, Kentucky Basketball is moving on up.

Kentucky is finally in the top five of ESPN’s power rankings.

The Wildcats moved up to No. 6 in Andy Katz’s Power 36, which also has South Carolina checking in at No. 35.

The AP and Coaches Top 25 Polls each have Kentucky at No. 6

The CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 still has the Cats at No. 10.

The Athletic bumped Kentucky up four spots to No. 9.

FOX Sports now has Kentucky at No. 5.

College Sports Wire put the Cats at No. 7.

While the national media likes Kentucky, the analytics aren’t quite as high, as evidenced by Bart Torvik ranking Kentucky at No. 17. South Carolina sits at No. 60, and Arkansas is at No. 118.

KenPom has the Cats at No. 16, the Gamecocks at No. 64, and Arkansas at No. 101.

DRatings has the Cats down at No. 13, while South Carolina is at No. 56, and the Razorbacks are at No. 72.

The NET rankings have Kentucky at No. 18, South Carolina at No. 61, and Arkansas at No. 118.

Over the past week, Kentucky handled business against Mississippi State (90-77) and Georgia (105-96). Their offense continues to produce at a historic pace, and the emergence of Zvonimir Ivisic on Saturday took that to an entire new level.

Big Z’s ability to stretch the floor, defend the rim, and control the glass is exactly what Kentucky hoped to see from their big man. His debut came with just half of the season left to play, but it appears that it’ll be well worth the wait.

On the schedule for this week is a trip to South Carolina on Tuesday before getting back on the road for a matchup at Arkansas on Saturday.

Kentucky has only played three true road games so far this season, so having two back-to-back in conference play will be a good test for head coach John Calipari and his team.

While the team’s offense has been able to shoulder the load in almost all of their games this season, one improvement the Wildcats could make this week is a spike on defense. They’ve allowed their last five opponents to average more than 86 points per game.

As we’re now less than two months away from March Madness, the clock is ticking to really improve at that end of the court. They certainly don’t have to be perfect, but an improvement is needed if they want to consider themselves as true Final Four contenders.

Tip-off for Tuesday's game in Columbia is scheduled for 7 PM ET with television coverage on the SEC Network, while Saturday’s game in Fayetteville is scheduled for 6 PM ET with television coverage on ESPN.

Now, check back here later as we learn where Kentucky stands in the latest college basketball rankings! And let us know where you think the Cats should be ranked.

Tweet of the Day

Saturday night was electric.


Gritty Kentucky Holds Off Missouri on Sunday - UK Athletics

Good way to end the week.

Big Z Impressive but Cal says he still has “a ways to go” - Vaught’s Views

He was instant offense for Kentucky on Saturday.

Vandagriff Understands Coen has a Business Decision - Vaught’s Views

Will Kentucky’s OC be headed back to the NFL?

Chiefs find defense at right time to knock out Bills on road - ESPN

Heck of a finish last night.

Petty Credits Teammates, Work She’s Done for Success - Vaught’s Views

She’s having a historical year for UK.

Lions turn attention to 49ers after ousting Bucs in playoffs - ESPN

Can Detroit make the Super Bowl?

UK misses Adou Thiero; Calipari says he is working out again - KSR

They need him back sooner than later.

Texas coach apologizes for ‘Horns Down’ rant after UCF loss - ESPN

It was a bit extreme.