When this basketball season began, Texas (7) was ranked third and Kentucky (8) fifth in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll. One of the big reasons for the high early rankings was the strength of both schools’ 2009 recruiting classes — UK’s was ranked No. 1 by ESPN.com, UT’s No. 4. Today, the Wildcats are 26-1 and No. 2 in the polls, riding a seven-game winning streak. The Longhorns are 21-6 and No. 21, having lost six of their last 10. The two programs have been speeding in opposite directions for a few weeks now, largely because they have done drastically different jobs meshing newcomers and veterans into a cohesive unit.