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Kentucky drops to No. 19 in the AP Poll

After back-to-back losses to Utah and Ohio State, Kentucky is still a top 20 team in the eyes of the AP voters. The Cats dropped from No. 6 to No. 19, which seems pretty generous, actually.

After Kansas became the fifth No. 1 team to lose this season over the weekend, Gonzaga is the new top team in the country, followed by Ohio State and Louisville. A win over the third-ranked Cards on Saturday sure would help matters, wouldn’t it?

1 Gonzaga (13-1) 2 1,608
2 Ohio State (11-1) 5 1,520
3 Louisville (11-1) 3 1,460
4 Duke (10-1) 4 1,429
5 Kansas (9-2) 1 1,388
6 Oregon (10-2) 8 1,286
7 Baylor (9-1) 10 1,207
8 Auburn (11-0) 12 1,107
9 Memphis (10-1) 11 1,040
10 Villanova (9-2) 18 950
11 Michigan (9-3) 14 889
12 Butler (11-1) 17 853
13 Maryland (10-2) 7 785
14 Michigan State (9-3) 15 775
15 San Diego State (12-0) 20 763
16 Virginia (9-2) 9 595
17 Florida State (10-2) 19 583
18 Dayton (9-2) 13 541
19 Kentucky (8-3) 6 411
20 Penn State (10-2) 23 332
21 Washington (9-2) 22 326
22 West Virginia (10-1) 25 229
23 Texas Tech (8-3) 24 178
24 Arizona (10-3) 16 153
25 Iowa (9-3) 125

Others Receiving Votes: Wichita State 112, Colorado 79, Xavier 68, DePaul 54, Indiana 45, Liberty 40, Utah State 36, Saint Mary’s 29, Marquette 28, Tennessee 24, Northern Iowa 23, Creighton 12, Purdue 11, Georgetown 9, Stanford 7, BYU 4, St. John’s 4, Virginia Tech 3, Seton Hall 2, East Tennessee State 1, Yale 1

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for Kentucky drops to No. 19 in the AP Poll

  1. Dark Soul
    12:25 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    I honestly wouldn’t have said anything if we wasn’t rated

  2. CrystalBall
    12:28 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Me either.

  3. VirginiaCat
    12:57 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Where did we start in the polls? Number 2, I believe, and considered a favorite to win the national championship. Seems that lately we start the year highly ranked, suffer some embarrassing losses, drop in the polls, regain some momentum in March, and then fizzle out against an inferior team. This is not helping the brand or making us an attractive place for high quality recruits.

  4. Megan
    1:10 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky’s lackluster recruiting certainly proves your point. Cal used to have the #1 or #2 recruiting class, now it’s dropped all the way down to #3. Yes, Memphis had to pay Wiseman’s family to get that ranking, but it’s still embarrassing. To have a coach with the most wins since 2009-10, the most tournament wins, the most Final Fours. I don’t know how we can go on living.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:28 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Easy answer, by getting a coach who can win the most National Titles and get the actually good players to stay. The majority of those wins came at the demise of bad-ok teams, which wouldn’t be so bad if he could actually coach them to not also lose to those same teams. His only Natty came at the hands of a team that could have won the g league, and if they stayed 4 years beat the bottom teams of the NBA. Recruiting the #1,2,3 class means nothing if you’re going to beat teams in the tournament that would get destroyed in the SEC and then lose to a team when it counts with less talent but more experience and a good coach.

    • Catsfan1715
      2:03 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      That’s not an answer at all. The majority of wins came at the demise of bad-ok teams? False. We are consistently in the top 10 SOS year in and year out. His national championship was won by our best team? Duh. Duke lost with arguably the most talented team in history… coach K is a bad coach? If your answer is yes, then you’ve proven my 3rd point-which is, it’s not as easy as everyone thinks it is to win with a new team every year. Period. The trade off is we have a chance every year, no matter what and everyone knows it. The talent is there and it can come together. It’s the same ignorant bs every single year in this site until we hit the elite 8 or ff and people are sayin “by golly I knew Cal would get them together”. It’s pathetic. You all need acceptance and a hell of a lot of gratitude for where our program is.

    • kjd
      2:05 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, with all that, we have one title.

    • grammarpoliceUK
      2:15 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Great sarcasm there!

    • BBNfromOklahoma
      2:24 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      It really is so exhausting having a chance to be in the running for a championship every year. Forget that a basketball championship is arguably the most difficult championship to obtain. I HATE how Cal consistently recruits not only great kids to play for us, but also ones that are so generous and give back to the community. GROSS

  5. UKCatAttack
    2:00 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Megan it’s impossible to please everyone. As we learned from Duke and Coach K last year it isn’t a walk in the park to coach young talented players. It also isn’t easy to start the first 11 games with injury after injury. Not to mention our best scoring recruit hasn’t even played a single game yet (Dontaie Allen). I continue to preach patience until March. I’ve been guilty of freaking out in November and December in the past and Cal has proved me wrong year after year. So I’ve learned to accept that we are going to take some losses. It’s no fun don’t get me wrong but it’s the nature of college basketball right now.

    • Dark Soul
      2:30 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

      Ur exactly righ. The one year we didnt get better our best player was injured for the whole season

  6. UKCatAttack
    2:02 pm December 23, 2019 Permalink

    Also Megan, would your last name happen to be Calipari?