Coming off an impressive performance against a likely tournament team in UNC Greensboro, Kentucky finally inched up in the Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll, coming in at No. 9 on Monday.
The Cats throttled Monmouth 90-44 and then played probably their best game of the season Saturday in a 78-61 win over UNC Greensboro on Saturday. UK only allowed 21 points in the second half after being torched for 40 in the first.
UK benefited from losses by ranked teams all around them in the poll with Michigan State, North Carolina, Kansas State, Virginia Tech and Iowa all dropping games.
The top four remain unchanged with Gonzaga at the top, followed by Kansas, Duke and Virginia. But Michigan jumped Nevada and Tennessee after double-digit wins against North Carolina and Purdue last week.