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

Kentucky Basketball takes a tumble in the college hoops rankings and analytics.

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To no surprise, Kentucky Basketball took a major hit in the latest college hoops rankings.

The AP Top 25 Poll still has Kentucky checking in at 17th overall.

The Coaches Poll actually has Kentucky at 15th.

That’s the same spot Kentucky sits at in the Andy Katz Power 36.

However, Kentucky is not currently ranked at The Athletic, CBS Sports, ESPN (only 16 teams), or Fox Sports.

The NET rankings have the Cats checking in at 26th, while Vanderbilt is ranked 226th, and Gonzaga is 27th.

KenPom has Kentucky ranked 27th, Vanderbilt 187th, and Gonzaga 21st.

EvanMiya has the Cats ranked 24th, Vanderbilt 169th, and Gonzaga 17th.

TeamRankings ranks Kentucky 17th, Vanderbilt 157th, and the Zags 19th.

BartTorvik has the Wildcats ranked 27th, the Commodores 191st, and the Bulldogs 23rd.

DRatings has Kentucky ranked 20th, Vanderbilt ranked 174th, and Gonzaga ranked 23rd.

Do you still believe Kentucky is a top-25-caliber team? Let us know in the comments section!


The Kentucky Wildcats are in trouble. John Calipari’s team is in the midst of a two-game skid after losses to Florida and Tennessee. Add in that both of these losses came at home, and Houston, we have a problem.

Kentucky now sits at 15-6 on the season and is just 5-4 on Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats have lost three of their last four games and four of their last seven.

On deck for Calipari’s Cats is a road trip to Vanderbilt on Tuesday before the team’s home matchup with Gonzaga on Saturday. Neither team is ranked, and according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, Kentucky should win both of these games.

However, these two will be far from a “given” for the Wildcats. Vanderbilt plays hard for head coach Jerry Stackhouse, and they’ll bring their best at home against Kentucky. Gonzaga will also have a coaching advantage, and Mark Few’s team is looking to bounce back in a big way after a frustrating loss to Saint Mary’s over the weekend.

This week feels like the season for Kentucky. If they can’t come out of this week with two wins, then the questions surrounding the team will only become worse. But if the Wildcats can win both games (and win them convincingly), then they can possibly build some momentum for the last few weeks of the regular season.

Kentucky still has a road trip to Auburn, a home game against Alabama, and a season finale at Tennessee to get through. That’s plenty of opportunity to improve their tournament resume, but those could also be chances to put themselves further down in the hole they’re already in.

An early look at the Cats in the analytics shows they’re ranked 27th overall at KenPom, 24th at EvanMiya, 21st at TeamRankings, 27th at BartTorvik, and 20th at DRatings.

Check back here later as we learn where Kentucky stands in the other college basketball rankings and analytics. And let us know where you think the Cats should be ranked!

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Headlines

John Calipari Still Believes Kentucky is Fine - Vaught’s Views

They most certainly are not.

Embiid to undergo procedure to address meniscus injury - ESPN

This could really hurt his MVP chances.

Kentucky WBB Falls at Georgia on Sunday - UK Athletics

Neither the men or women having much success.

Commanders hiring Kliff Kingsbury as OC - ESPN

Caleb Williams to Washington?

Chip Trayanum will get chance to be true RB1 at Kentucky - KSR

He’ll have plenty of opportunity.

Clark wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am after 4th round canceled - ESPN

Moving day turned out to be huge.

Rhyne Howard makes Team USA roster for Olympic Qualifier - KSR

So happy for her.

NFC earns second straight Pro Bowl Games win over AFC - ESPN

Did you watch?