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Kentucky sophomore Wenyen Gabriel talked about 50-50 balls and offensive droughts after loss to Florida.
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Kentucky sophomore Wenyen Gabriel talked about 50-50 balls and offensive droughts after loss to Florida.

After back-to-back losses and only two wins out of its last five games, the Kentucky men’s basketball team fell out of the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Monday.

This week marks the first time Kentucky has dropped out of the AP Poll since the 2013-14 season. That year, UK went 12-6 in the SEC and lost the last game of the regular season to Florida as the nation’s No. 25 team. The Aaron and Andrew Harrison twins-led squad recovered in the postseason, however, going on an improbable run all the way to the NCAA championship game, which it lost to Connecticut.

Ranked No. 18 last week after being ranked as high as No. 5 in the preseason, Kentucky suffered a collapse on the road after leading by as many as 14 points at South Carolina on Tuesday and saw its rally from down eight points late at home against Florida fall short in a 66-64 loss on Saturday.

The loss Saturday snapped a streak of 30 consecutive SEC home wins and the drop from the rankings ended a 68-consecutive week streak.

Villanova maintained its hold on No. 1. The top three of Villanova, Virginia and Purdue remained the same in the poll, with Villanova staying at No. 1 for the third straight week. Duke inched up a spot to No. 4, while Kansas jumped five spots to No. 5 after winning at West Virginia.

On a positive note, Kentucky remains No. 18 in the Daily RPI rankings posted on ESPN.com and is still projected as a No. 5 NCAA Tournament seed in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology on ESPN.com.

Kentucky ranked two spots behind Louisville in the polls’ “others receiving votes” list.

Jared Peck: 859-231-1333, @JPSaysHere

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kentucky sophomore Wenyen Gabriel talked about 50-50 balls and offensive droughts after loss to Florida.

The AP Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 21, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Villanova (63)

18-1

1,623

1

2. Virginia (1)

18-1

1,537

2

3. Purdue (1)

19-2

1,499

3

4. Duke

17-2

1,439

5

5. Kansas

16-3

1,338

10

6. Michigan St.

17-3

1,243

9

7. West Virginia

16-3

1,217

6

8. Xavier

18-3

1,180

11

9. Cincinnati

17-2

1,087

12

10. North Carolina

16-4

1,014

15

11. Arizona

16-4

974

14

12. Oklahoma

14-4

917

4

13. Ohio St.

17-4

787

22

14. Texas Tech

15-4

763

8

15. Gonzaga

17-4

610

13

16. Saint Mary’s (Cal)

19-2

571

-

17. Wichita St.

15-4

547

7

18. Clemson

16-3

474

20

19. Auburn

17-2

470

17

20. Florida

14-5

366

-

21. Arizona St

15-4

353

16

22. Tennessee

13-5

260

21

23. Nevada

18-3

190

-

24. Rhode Island

15-3

189

-

25. Michigan

17-5

123

23

Others receiving votes: Miami 83, Louisville 81, TCU 45, Kentucky 38, Kansas St 35, Seton Hall 25, Creighton 20, Florida St. 14, Houston 5, New Mexico St. 4, Providence 2, Boise St. 2.

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