How did Kentucky withstand Mississippi State’s rally?
Kentucky’s two wins last week were not enough to gain any movement in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Monday, despite a loss above the No. 5 Cats in the rankings.
But the Cats face two ranked teams this week, including No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday in Rupp.
Virginia (20-2) traded places with Gonzaga at the No. 4 and No. 3 spots, respectively, after the Cavaliers’ 10-point loss at home to No. 2 Duke.
Kentucky (20-3) jumped to an 18-point lead at Mississippi State on Saturday, but had to survive a huge Bulldogs rally to come away with a 71-67 conference win. Kentucky next faces No. 19 LSU in Rupp Arena at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Tennessee remained No. 1 in despite Duke earning the top overall seed in the NCAA’s initial rankings for March Madness announced Saturday.
The Blue Devils received the top seed from the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee, but the Vols received 40 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel Monday. No. 2 Duke had the remaining 24 first-place votes.