UK Men's Basketball

Cats drop to 11th; sportswriter drops Kentucky from Top 25 ballot

Kentucky Wildcats guard James Young (1) fouled Baylors Royce O'Neale in the final seconds  as Baylor defeated #3 Kentucky 67-62 on Friday December 6, 2013 in  Dallas, TX.  Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Kentucky Wildcats guard James Young (1) fouled Baylors Royce O'Neale in the final seconds as Baylor defeated #3 Kentucky 67-62 on Friday December 6, 2013 in Dallas, TX. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Kentucky's loss to Baylor led sportswriter Aaron Brenner of the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier to drop Kentucky from No. 4 to off his top 25 ballot in The Associated Press media poll.

UK simply has not beaten anyone of consequence, Brenner said. Once that happens, perhaps at North Carolina on Saturday, Brenner said, he might join all the other voters in the AP poll and include the Cats.

"More than anything else with Kentucky, they're all very young," Brenner said Monday. "They're going to have to go out and earn it."

Brenner also said he trusted UK Coach John Calipari to make Kentucky a Top 25-worthy team.

Kentucky fell to 7-2 when it lost Friday to Baylor, 67-62, in Dallas.

"Not a terrible loss," Brenner said. "But it was one you'd expect a No. 4 team to win."

Kentucky fell from No. 3 in last week's AP poll to No. 11. That marked the first time this season that UK has fallen out of the top 10.

Brenner, who covers Clemson, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (class of 2009). He covered Auburn last season for the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Inquirer.

To drop Kentucky from No. 4 last week to off his ballot this week led to a phone call from the news service.

"AP checked to make sure it wasn't an accident," Brenner said.

Here is a breakdown of the AP poll:

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 8, 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, points, previous ranking

1. Arizona (63) 9-0 1,623 2

2. Syracuse (2) 9-0 1,522 4

3. Ohio St. 8-0 1,453 5

4. Wisconsin 10-0 1,318 8

5. Michigan St. 7-1 1,311 1

6. Louisville 8-1 1,262 7

7. Oklahoma St. 8-1 1,160 9

8. Duke 7-2 1,040 10

9. UConn 9-0 981 12

10. Villanova 9-0 938 14

11. Kentucky 7-2 926 3

12. Wichita St. 9-0 884 11

13. Kansas 6-2 862 6

14. Baylor 8-1 843 20

15. Oregon 8-0 831 13

16. Memphis 6-1 768 16

17. Iowa St. 7-0 606 17

18. North Carolina 6-2 450 —

19. Florida 6-2 434 15

20. Gonzaga 8-1 365 19

21. Colorado 9-1 330 —

22. UMass 8-0 326 21

23. Iowa 9-1 207 23

24. Missouri 9-0 203 —

25. San Diego St. 7-1 159 24

Others receiving votes: UCLA 104, New Mexico 62, Pittsburgh 47, Boise St. 34, Michigan 26, VCU 17, Dayton 11, Cincinnati 5, Harvard 5, Indiana 3, Saint Mary's (Cal) 3, Creighton 2, George Washington 2, Oklahoma 1, Toledo 1.Ballots Online: http://collegebasketball.ap.org/

USA Today Top 25 Poll

The top 25 teams in the USA Today men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 8, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking.

Record, points and previous rank

1. Arizona (30);9-0;797;2

2. Ohio State (1);8-0;749;3

3. Syracuse (1);9-0;746;5

4. Louisville;8-1;684;6

5. Michigan State;7-1;655;1

6. Wisconsin;10-0;600;9

7. Duke;7-2;562;8

8. Wichita State;9-0;542;10

9. Oklahoma State;8-1;518;11

10. Kentucky;7-2;491;4

11. Oregon;8-0;462;13

12. UConn;9-0;455;14

13. Kansas;6-2;445;7

14. Villanova;9-0;333;19

15. Memphis;6-1;323;15

16. Gonzaga;8-1;298;15

16. Iowa State;7-0;298;18

18. Baylor;8-1;278;20

19. Florida;6-2;258;12

20. UMass;8-0;192;22

21. North Carolina;6-2;172;25

22. Iowa;9-1;103;24

23. UCLA;8-1;86;17

24. San Diego State;7-1;65

25. Michigan;6-3;50;21

Others receiving votes: Missouri 46, Colorado 42, Pittsburgh 38, New Mexico 28, Boise State 19, Saint Mary's 18, Indiana 15, VCU 13, Creighton 8, Saint Louis 5, Virginia 5, George Washington 1.

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