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Kentucky is officially the new #1 team in the country


After Duke lost to Kansas, this doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s still nice to see Kentucky is the number one team in the country in the new AP poll, which was just released. Read it and puff your chest out like a proud Cats fan:

1 Kentucky (40) 4-0 1,494
2 Villanova (20) 5-0 1,469
3 Indiana (1) 3-0 1,348
4 North Carolina 4-0 1,319
5 Kansas 2-1 1,284
6 Duke 4-1 1,253
7 Virginia 3-0 1,126
8 Arizona 3-0 1,066
9 Xavier 5-0 1,039
10 Louisville 3-0 893
11 Gonzaga 3-0 816
12 Creighton 4-0 716
12 Oregon 2-1 716
14 UCLA 4-0 681
15 Saint Mary’s 3-0 665
16 Wisconsin 2-1 623
17 Syracuse 3-0 576
18 Purdue 2-1 571
19 West Virginia 3-0 466
20 Baylor 3-0 326
21 Iowa State 3-0 283
22 Texas 3-0 237
23 Rhode Island 4-1 198
24 Michigan State 2-2 184
25 Florida State 4-0 89


The Coaches Poll will be released later today.

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23 Comments for Kentucky is officially the new #1 team in the country

  1. RealCatsFan
    12:42 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    Meanwhile in Bloomington, IU will be holding a net cutting ceremony to commemorate their 3rd place ranking, and they will sell special popcorn boxes during the next home game. 😉

    • runningunnin.454
      12:44 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Crean is wondering where the trophy is …ha ha

    • rickwhitetx
      12:59 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Jeff Goodman has Indiana as number 1 in his ESPN Power Rankings. Kentucky is second.

      What a joke!

    • Mathlete
      2:10 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Indiana is celebrating that they got 1 vote for #1, there will be a commemorative popcorn box at this week’s games

  2. runningunnin.454
    12:45 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    That target didn’t stay on Duke’s back very long.

  3. Sentient Third Eye
    1:03 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    I suspect this will be a year where Kentucky, Duke and Villanova all get one, perhaps two, shots at being # 1.

  4. UKFaninNY
    1:06 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    Why would Duke drop to #6 when they lost to Kansas at the buzzer while missing their three of their top five players?

    • damage_control
      1:09 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Because until they have those players (who ESPN spends half the broadcast reminding everyone that they’re hurt) in the lineup, that’s about where they should be.

    • damage_control
      1:11 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Seriously, they flash to shots of the 3 of them after every dead ball. It’s like, timeout Blue Devils- hey did you know that Duke has 3 McDonalds All-Americans hurt right now? Oh you heard about it the last time we told you that 3 minutes ago after the TV timeout? Well, just in case here they are sitting together looking hurt and stuff.

    • EdC
      1:13 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Kansas also had a loss going into that game. It’s just the way these meaningless popularity things go. There are teams above them with no losses. I don’t feel too sorry for Duke considering how nice the tournament committee is to them year in year out and that actually matters.

    • ukjaybrat
      1:46 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      a loss is a loss. if two teams are equal – give the edge to the team with three injured starters. but undefeated teams (with quality wins) deserve to be ranked ahead of duke because of that loss

    • damage_control
      3:33 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      I don’t really get the logic there- if the teams records are equal give the edge to the team with 3 starters injured that have never played an NCAA game yet?

    • damage_control
      3:39 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      So if Skal got hurt before the first game last year, UK’s rank shouldve been buoyed by him just being on the roster despite being unable to play? Not saying any of those guys are Skal but let’s see how they do first before naming them All-Americans. It could also take a significant amount of time for them to figure out how to play well together with the existing team since they really haven’t even gotten to practice together yet. I say rank the team that can actually suit up and play that week- who cares about the guys wearing street clothes.

    • Mathlete
      4:31 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      The current rankings are just that, current. They’re supposed to be a snapshot of who’s playing the best college basketball in a given week. With their injuries Duke is not the best team in the country. When they’re at full strength they’ll be reevaluated by the voters and (probably) rise up to the top 3 or 4 again.

      The other good news… nobody cares what you’re ranked in NCAA Basketball at the end of the year. That’s not how titles are decided.

  5. Willis talkin bout....
    1:17 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    These early season polls are pretty much a guessing game, my only question is how is Michigan State still in the top with a 2-2 record?

    • EdC
      1:37 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      AND they got lucky to escape their last game against mighty Florida Gulf Coast who is sitting KenPom 85 right now.

    • ukjaybrat
      1:44 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      I’m ok with that. their 2 losses are to top 10 teams. and although their wins aren’t great, i’m not surprised they didn’t OVER-react to them losing and slingshot them all the way out of the rankings. Howver they will live in the 20s until they beat somebody, lose another game, or until teams in that 25-30 range start racking up wins (and people ahead of them don’t lose -they will get squeezed out of the top 25 eventually anyway)

  6. UKfanforlife
    2:14 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    Indiana got 1 vote for the top spot. I wasn’t aware that Jerry Tipton was given a ballot.

  7. Booby Petrino
    2:30 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    UK carrying the SEC on its back when it comes to basketball. No other SEC teams ranked.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:55 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Yet we still have 5* basketball recruits sticking with the hometown SEC school. Just don’t understand – the sure path to irrelevance is to play at an SEC school OTHER than Kentucky for an unproven coach.

  8. Booby Petrino
    2:32 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    Oh and where is William and Mary? According to Pitino they’re a great team. Can’t believe they aren’t up there 🙂

    • J-Dub421
      2:46 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

      Hilarious considering William and Mary has NEVER made the NCAA tournament.

  9. Megan
    3:40 pm November 21, 2016 Permalink

    Funny how the votes changed after the poll was first released. The numbers above show the initial vote totals: Kentucky with 40 first-place votes, Villanova with 20, and Indiana with 1. Later, it showed Kentucky with 42, Villanova with 22, and Indiana with 1. Now it shows Kentucky with 42, Villanova with 21, and Indiana with 2.

    It’s like four voters had forgotten to vote, were reminded when the poll came out, and asked that their late votes be included (after seeing how everyone else voted). Syracuse ended up falling a spot from the initial release. And Michigan fell out completely.