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Kentucky climbs one spot in new AP Poll

With two wins over ranked teams last week, Kentucky moved up another place in the new AP college basketball poll, released Monday. Kentucky is now ranked No. 7 overall.

The top six places in the poll remained unchanged, with Tennessee retaining the No. 1 spot for the first time in school history. The Vols received 48 of the 64 first-place votes this week. Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan and Michigan State round out the top six teams.

Kentucky traded places with Nevada, which fell from seventh to eighth without losing a game. Nevada lacks a top-25 win and has only one top-50 win, while Kentucky is 4-1 against ranked opponents.

Rank Team Last Week Record Points
1  Tennessee 1 18-1 1,575 (48)
2  Duke 2 17-2 1,527 (12)
3  Virginia 3 18-1 1,473 (4)
4  Gonzaga 4 19-2 1,382
5  Michigan 5 19-1 1,381
6  Michigan State 6 18-3 1,235
7  Kentucky 8 16-3 1,226
8  Nevada 7 19-1 1,158
9  North Carolina 11 15-4 1,065
10  Marquette 12 18-3 973
11  Kansas 9 16-4 972
12  Virginia Tech 10 16-3 858
13  Houston 17 20-1 795
14  Villanova 18 16-4 734
15  Louisville 23 15-5 658
16  Texas Tech 14 16-4 561
17  Purdue NR 14-6 532
18  Buffalo 14 18-2 468
19  LSU 25 16-3 435
20  Iowa State 24 15-5 327
21  Maryland 13 16-5 280
22  Mississippi State 22 15-4 236
23 NC State 21 16-4 203
24  Wisconsin NR 14-6 179
25  Florida State NR 15-5 141

Article written by Drew Franklin

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27 Comments for Kentucky climbs one spot in new AP Poll



  1. nbarks88
    12:27 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    How does Michigan State not drop after losing to an unranked opponent? Purdue will be ranked this week but that makes zero difference.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:32 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      on one hand, they have wins over several ranked teams
      UCLA, North Carolina, Iowa x2, Maryland
      but only 2 of those teams are currently still ranked. so i have no idea.



    • J-Dub421
      12:37 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      How is UNC still in the top 10 when they have 4 losses?



    • StuckinLville
      2:08 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      Im not understanding the infatuation with UNC either. Especially since they got blown out at home by lville. Kansas is a better team than they are.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:37 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      also ,if you ignore out “best” losses which are nearly equal (duke, kansas) their next best loss @Louisville is better than our Next best loss @Alabama. their 3rd loss is probably better too, @purdue v Seton Hall



    • Iamheasyouarehe
      12:37 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      Is UCLA ranked? I don’t think so, and we also beat UNCheat.



    • Iamheasyouarehe
      12:39 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      UCLA in not ranked in the top 25 even J-Dub.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:39 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      yeah UNC is the more shocking placement. 4 losses, 2 being unranked, 1 being at HOME. unc is overrated as heck this week



    • Iamheasyouarehe
      12:44 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink


    • J-Dub421
      12:46 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      Guess we’ll just have to smack the orange off Tennessee in a few weeks to get some respect.



    • StillBP
      1:09 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      J-Dub probably wouldn’t earn us much, I’m sure TN would still be ahead of us like UNC was after we smacked them.



    • snoopjdawg
      2:03 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      I bet if we lose to an unranked team on the road this week we don’t stay at #7 in AP.



  2. Aar
    12:33 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Called it! From here on out, the Cats can’t earn better rankings. Higher ranked teams need to lose. Losing a bunny is not penalized too harshly, either



  3. Kat4Life
    12:38 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Thought we would leap over Michigan State



    • Ridge Runner
      2:03 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, thought that would be a given due to logic. Ummmm.”.. no.



    • bigbluebanana
      2:56 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

      Lol RR



  4. hal9944
    12:39 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Coaches poll moved us up past mich st and neveda at #6. That sounds more like it.



  5. IrishCat
    12:52 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    We’re trending in the right direction w/ plenty more chances to creep up to a one seed. If we lose a few, we can only hope we get the UNC treatment. Let’s not count on that. GO CATS!



  6. jakefromstatefarm
    12:55 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    No idea how mich st stayed at 6



  7. BluemanGreen
    12:56 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Tennessee Duke and Zags are only teams in our class! We can smoke all 3 when we are firing on all cylinders!



  8. Rixter
    1:16 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Mich St loses to (previously) unranked Purdue and maintains their spot. I guarantee if Cats were to lose to # 1 Tennessee, we’ll drop 6 – 8 spots



  9. futrelljr
    1:17 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Funny thing is, we dropped a spot in the .NET rankings?



  10. Headhurts
    1:40 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    Think I’ll believe coaches poll over the ass. Press.



  11. sprtphan
    1:46 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    How do you lose 5 games and be ranked 15?



  12. lexcatfan2367
    1:49 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    This is bogus. Michigan State got their tails handed to them yesterday.



  13. bigbluebanana
    1:57 pm January 28, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll take UNC, Kansas, and Louisville (somehow?!) not losing much ground in their rankings ever I guess, makes our wins against them look better. It is weird how seemingly any other semi-blueblood team can lose and only drop a spot or two, or in some cases, not lose a spot at all. UK could win out the regular season in commanding fashion, but if we lost AT Tennessee by 1 point, with a buzzer beater, in triple OT we would probably drop out of top 15.