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Kentucky Drops Five Spots in AP Top 25

The Kentucky basketball team took a slight dip in the AP Poll after splitting a two-game road trip.

Ranked No. 10 last week, the Wildcats fell to No. 15 after losing to South Carolina on a bank-shot at the buzzer. John Calipari’s team still ended the week on a high without him on the bench, running away with a 73-66 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Kentucky is one spot ahead of Auburn after the previously undefeated Tigers dropped two games in one week. Baylor narrowly edged Gonzaga to take the top spot and Rutgers is ranked for the first time in 41 years. Maryland was the only team that did not move in the polls after a wild week of college basketball.

1 Baylor (15-1) 2 1,591
2 Gonzaga (20-1) 1 1,588
3 Kansas (14-3) 6 1,470
4 San Diego State (19-0) 7 1,422
5 Florida State (16-2) 9 1,335
6 Louisville (15-3) 11 1,303
7 Dayton (16-2) 13 1,139
8 Duke (15-3) 3 1,065
9 Villanova (14-3) 14 1,055
10 Seton Hall (14-4) 18 1,034
11 Michigan State (14-4) 15 1,004
12 Oregon (15-4) 8 886
13 Butler (15-3) 5 867
14 West Virginia (14-3) 12 758
15 Kentucky (13-4) 10 755
16 Auburn (15-2) 4 637
17 Maryland (14-4) 17 525
18 Texas Tech (12-5) 23 399
19 Iowa (13-5) NR 398
20 Memphis (14-3) 22 394
21 Illinois (13-5) 14 280
22 Arizona (13-5) NR 225
23 Colorado (14-4) 20 154
24 Rutgers (14-4) NR 152
25 Houston (14-4) NR 151
Others receiving votes:

Wichita State 94, LSU 83, Michigan 73, Northern Iowa 42, Ohio State 36, Stanford 28, Wisconsin 28, Penn State 24, Liberty 21, Florida 21, Arkansas 19, Virginia 13, Creighton 13, Duquesne 13, Purdue 9, East Tennessee State 6, Indiana 6, USC 4, Marquette 2, BYU 2, Harvard 1

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

32 Comments for Kentucky Drops Five Spots in AP Top 25

  1. Bluehender
    12:33 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    Baylor looked good Saturday. I guess for now they’re as good as anyone. I don’t think we should have dropped 5 spots but whatever..

    • Bluehender
      12:34 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      Louisville 9 spots better than us? OK..sure.

    • FactsOnlyDude
      7:26 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      Bluehender, you do realize UK lost to a Quadrant 4 team EVANSVILLE at home and Bad losses to Utah and South Carolina, right? Not hard to realize why so many teams ahead of Cats. Can’t have any more embarrassing losses. Keep it real.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:37 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      Beating the almighty Duke on their home court gets you extra credit, even if Duke isn’t all that great.

  2. Jpcat15
    12:43 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    No way Michigan State should be ahead of us. Beat them on a neutral court and we don’t have a 30 point loss on our resume.

  3. ohiokatfan
    12:45 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    We are better than 15 but I would much rather us be underrated than overrated.

  4. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    12:45 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    We are only a few haircuts away from being a top 5 team. Have too many players that care more about their ridiculous hair then their play.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:58 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      You must be bald. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I’ll bet if you had hair at that age you cared more about it than you should’ve.

    • UKgrad80
      1:13 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      I see Baylor playing Dayton for the championship.

    • UKgrad80
      1:14 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      He won’t like BJ Boston’s hair for sure. At least we don’t have a player with French fry hair like Arkansas did, that was totally weird!

    • miggles
      1:43 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      Old white dude complains about the hair of African Americans. Also, water is wet.

    • Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
      2:04 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      No bald, full head of hair. Just think the Sol Glow look for Brooks or whatever Quickly has is trash. You can throw Whitney in there as well. My co worker and Kentucky fan friend just said Richards looks like a cave man with his cut. Haha.

    • Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
      2:18 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      Also, while not young, I’m not an old white dude like someone said above. Just turned 36.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:43 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      So it’s fine for fans to care more about players’ hear than their play? Because that’s what you are doing when you bash Richards, Quickley and Brooks. Also, your coworker and Kentucky fan friend might actually be a caveman.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:44 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink


    • gravy
      3:58 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      Beat it, nerd

    • The Big Lebowski
      6:58 am January 21, 2020 Permalink

      That is ignorant.

  5. UKLugo
    12:58 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    Surprised that we dropped that far. Surprised Duke didn’t. Shouldn’t be surprised by either. AP is straight garbage.

  6. UKgrad80
    1:11 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    Duke loses twice only drops 5 spots!! Someone please explain. South Carolina beat Clemson. This love for Michigan State is ridiculous!

    • 4everUKBlue
      1:17 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      Back to back with the first one to an unranked team.

  7. Skooms
    1:37 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    ANDDDDDD.. .. both of dUKe’s losses were at home!

    • CahillsCrossingNT
      5:17 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

      Duke lost at Clemson. It wasn’t in Durham.

  8. VirginiaCat
    1:38 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    We can quibble about our proper spot in the rankings, but I don’t think that 15th is egregiously off. That said, I’m not sure why Michigan State is ranked several sports ahead of us. Louisville was obviously helped a lot by the Duke win. II think that there is plenty of time left to ascend in the polls. Our guys play hard and have a desire to win. We have the best back court in the country. The key will be consistent front court play, bench improvement, and good in game adjustments. The NCAA tournament is all about guard play, so that portends well for us. I hearken back to 1998 as a model, the “Comeback Cats.” We were not the best team in the tournament, but we came together at the right time, came from behind in several games, and put together six wins. No one can reasonably argue that we are the best team in the country, but we have not reached our ceiling and will be dangerous come tournament time.

  9. BigJohnC
    2:12 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    Ap poll is and has been ridiculous.

  10. devotedsoles528
    2:57 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t really care about polls, but this week is hard to follow…we should be ahead of Mich. St and butler. Butler lost back to back. UL has a good win at duke but that is a significant jump for them. I understand our losses were terrible, but we lost on a buzzer beater and it was Gamecocks and zebras vs the Cats. Our guys just need to stay focused and play to their ability instead of the competition. Not much room for lapses anymore against subpar teams. We wasted those hiccups on 3 cupcakes which will increase the pressure to win the rest of the way. I like the team. I think we will be alright come March and in the hunt if we want it bad enough and play together!

  11. BBNfromOklahoma
    3:25 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    What an absolutely unnecessary and borderline racist thing to say about our players. Watch basketball and don’t be critical of a 19 year old kid’s haircut because you would wear it that way, yourself.

    • The Big Lebowski
      7:01 am January 21, 2020 Permalink


      If a White dude had long hair, this guy would say the same thing. Would it be racist then?

      Get over yourself.

      Cancel culture stupidity belongs in China not the USA.

    • The Big Lebowski
      7:03 am January 21, 2020 Permalink

      This comes from a guy who is full on board to self expression in hair and tats.

      You Leftist morons have normalized bigotry because of your labeling every minor act or statement as bigoted. If everything is bigoted, nothing is bigoted.

      I hate you people. HATE . HATE . HATE!!!

  12. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:16 pm January 20, 2020 Permalink

    They should be between 20-25 if ranked at all. They lost at home to Evansville, who is now a sterling 9-10 on the year.