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Kentucky jumps up to No. 9 in AP and Coaches Poll

Kentucky jumped five spots up to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll, the biggest riser in college basketball this week.

The  Wildcats finally earned the statement win they were looking for, an 87-83 victory over North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic. And the voters were clearly impressed.

Kentucky jumped five spots up to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll, the biggest riser in college basketball this week. That's good for No. 2 in the SEC, right behind Tennessee (No. 8). Ole Miss is the conference's only other representative, coming in at No. 25 overall, while Auburn, Texas A&M, Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi State all received votes.

As for previous and future opponents, Kansas sits at No. 2, followed by North Carolina at No. 11 and Gonzaga at No. 15. Saint Joseph's, whom Kentucky defeated 96-88 back in November, is now receiving votes, as well.

AP Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD TREND POINTS
1 Purdue 10-1 ⬆️ 2 1534 (48)
2 Kansas 10-1 1457 (6)
3 Houston 11-0 ⬆️ 1 1394 (8)
4 Arizona 8-1 ⬇️ 3 1372
5 UConn 10-1 1367
6 Marquette 9-2 ⬆️ 1 1235
7 Oklahoma 10-0 ⬆️ 4 1062
8 Tennessee 8-3 ⬆️ 4 983
9 Kentucky 8-2 ⬆️ 5 981
10 Baylor 9-1 ⬇️ 4 896
11 North Carolina 7-3 ⬇️ 2 773
12 Creighton 9-2 ⬇️ 4 734
13 Illinois 8-2 ⬆️ 3 727
14 Florida Atlantic 9-2 ⬆️ 1 716
15 Gonzaga 8-3 ⬇️ 5 642
16 Colorado State 10-1 ⬆️ 1 588
17 BYU 10-1 ⬆️ 1 569
18 Clemson 9-1 ⬇️ 5 501
19 Texas 8-2 449
20 James Madison 10-0 442
21 Duke 7-3 311
22 Virginia 9-1 287
23 Memphis 8-2 274
24 Wisconsin 8-3 ⬇️ 1 269
25 Ole Miss 10-0 180

Others Receiving Votes:  Miami 97, Auburn 87, Colorado 84, Utah 37, Iowa St. 24, Ohio St. 12, Michigan St. 10, TCU 10, Texas A&M 9, San Diego St. 8, Northwestern 5, Providence 5, Alabama 3, Dayton 3, Nevada 3, New Mexico 2, Grand Canyon 2, Washington 2, Saint Joseph's 2, South Carolina 1, Mississippi St. 1.

Coaches Poll

RK
TEAM
REC PTS
TREND
1
Purdue(20)
10-1 785
⬆️3
2
Kansas(3)
10-1 750
3
Houston(9)
11-0 732
4
Arizona
8-1 707
⬇️3
5
UConn
10-1 704
6
Marquette
9-2 628
⬆️1
7
Tennessee
8-3 541
⬆️3
8
Oklahoma
10-0 533
⬆️4
9
Kentucky
8-2 485
⬆️6
10
Baylor
9-1 431
⬇️4
11
Illinois
8-2 422
⬆️5
12
Florida Atlantic
9-2 403
⬆️2
13
North Carolina
7-3 371
⬇️4
14
Creighton
9-2 354
⬇️6
15
BYU
10-1 332
⬆️2
16
Gonzaga
8-3 307
⬇️3
17
Colorado State
10-1 264
⬆️1
18
Clemson
9-1 254
⬇️7
19
Duke
7-3 211
20
Virginia
9-1 184
⬆️1
21
James Madison
10-0 165
⬇️1
22
Texas
8-2 156
23
Memphis
8-2 146
⬆️3
24
Wisconsin
8-3 141
⬇️1
25
Ole Miss
10-0 132
Others receiving votes: Auburn 60, Miami 41, Colorado 36, TCU 26, Michigan State 18, Ohio State 17, Grand Canyon 13, Iowa State 12, Utah 7, Texas A&M 7, South Carolina 5, New Mexico 4, Nebraska 4, Nevada 3, Princeton 3, Alabama 2, San Diego 2, Dayton 1, Indiana State 1

Dropped from rankings: Miami 24

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On February 23, 1970, Dan Issel scored 47 points against Alabama.

 

On February 23, 2019, with an 80-53 victory over Auburn, 10th-year head coach John Calipari moves past Joe B. Hall for the second most victories by a UK head coach in program history. He trails only the Baron of the Bluegrass, Adolph Rupp.

 

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