Kentucky men move up to No. 14 in AP poll

Herald-Leader Staff ReportFebruary 10, 2014 

Kentucky forward Julius Randle scored on Mississippi State forward Colin Borchert on Saturday as Wildcats center Dakari Johnson and Bulldogs forward Gavin Ware struggled for position. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State, 69-59.

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The University of Kentucky men's basketball team moved up four spots to No. 14 in the new Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.

The Wildcats, coming off victories over Mississippi and Mississippi State last week, visit Auburn on Wednesday night before their showdown Saturday in Rupp Arena against No. 3 Florida.

Louisville moved up one spot to No. 13 in this week's poll. The Cardinals visit Temple on Thursday night.

Syracuse was a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week, and Southern Methodist University moved into the Top 25 for the first time in almost three decades.

The Orange (23-0) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. Arizona, Florida, Wichita State, San Diego State and Villanova remained second through sixth. Wichita State (25-0) is the only other unbeaten team in Division I.

Kansas moved up one spot to seventh, and Duke jumped three spots to eighth. Michigan State and Cincinnati round out the top 10.

Wisconsin and Ohio State, Nos. 21 and 22, both returned to the rankings after a one-week absence. SMU, which beat then-No. 7 Cincinnati last week, moved in at No. 23, the Mustangs' first ranking since the next-to-last poll of 1984-85, a season when they were ranked as high as No. 2.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Gonzaga fell out of the Top 25.

AP TOP 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Team Record Pts Prv

1. Syracuse (65) 23-0 1,625 1

2. Arizona 23-1 1,525 2

3. Florida 21-2 1,477 3

4. Wichita St. 25-0 1,445 4

5. San Diego St. 21-1 1,373 5

6. Villanova 21-2 1,288 6

7. Kansas 18-5 1,234 8

8. Duke 19-5 1,130 11

9. Michigan St. 20-4 1,025 9

10. Cincinnati 22-3 970 7

11. Iowa St. 18-4 925 16

12. Saint Louis 22-2 908 13

13. Louisville 19-4 866 14

14. Kentucky 18-5 769 18

15. Michigan 17-6 702 10

16. Iowa 18-6 686 17

17. Virginia 19-5 608 20

18. Creighton 19-4 552 12

19. Texas 18-5 417 15

20. Memphis 18-5 333 24

21. Wisconsin 19-5 242 —

22. Ohio St. 19-5 214 —

23. SMU 19-5 205 —

24. UConn 18-5 194 22

25. Pittsburgh 20-4 175 25

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 99, Gonzaga 44, UCLA 43, New Mexico 23, Oklahoma St. 10, George Washington 6, Southern Miss. 6, Stephen F. Austin 3, Arizona St. 1, Kansas St. 1, North Carolina 1.

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