What a week it has been for the Kentucky basketball squad, huh?
After coming in as a consensus top-three team in the nation and a national championship favorite, the Wildcats fell back to earth like a sack of rocks.
Following their 34-point blowout loss to Duke to open the season and a ho-hum victory against Southern Illinois on Friday night, Kentucky dropped from No. 2 to No. 10 in the latest AP Poll this afternoon. To make matters worse, the Blue Devils jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 overall, overtaking the top spot initially held by Kansas.
This evening, however, Andy Katz and the NCAA.com crew proved to be even more critical of Kentucky’s rough start.
In their week-two Power Rankings, NCAA.com dropped the Wildcats from No. 1 all the way down to No. 13 in the nation. They still feel UK can compete for the program’s ninth championship in history, but they have a long way to go.
13. Kentucky: The Wildcats drop from my No. 1 spot after getting destroyed by Duke and then having to hold on to beat Southern Illinois. I’m still convinced the Wildcats will contend for the title, but they’re not ready yet.
Beyond NCAA.com and the official AP Poll, CBS Sports pushed the Kentucky to No. 9 overall, Sports Illustrated dropped the Cats to No. 10, and ESPN has them listed at No. 11.
Let’s just turn things back around against North Dakota on Wednesday, okay?