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Louisville rising, Kentucky falling in college basketball polls

Herald-Leader Staff Report

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Marc Loving (2) wins the loose ball amongst Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) , Ulis, 3, and Poythress, 22, as Kentucky falls to Ohio State 74-67 on Saturday Dec. 19, 2015 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Ohio State Buckeyes forward Marc Loving (2) wins the loose ball amongst Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) , Ulis, 3, and Poythress, 22, as Kentucky falls to Ohio State 74-67 on Saturday Dec. 19, 2015 in Brooklyn, N.Y. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team tumbled eight spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll as the result of its loss to Ohio State on Saturday.

The Wildcats (9-2) started the season No. 2 in the AP poll, fell to No. 4 after its loss at UCLA and was moved down all the way to No. 12 after Saturday’s 74-67 defeat in the CBS Sports Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kentucky returns home Saturday to take on archrival Louisville at noon in Rupp Arena. The Cardinals rose one spot from No. 19 to No. 18 in the AP poll after handily defeating Kennesaw State and Western Kentucky last week.

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, Kentucky fell from No. 4 last week to No. 11 this week. Louisville rose from No. 16 to No. 15.

Associated Press Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 20, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Team

Record

Pts

Prv

1. Michigan St. (64)

12-0

1,623

1

2. Kansas (1)

9-1

1,537

2

3. Oklahoma

8-0

1,495

3

4. Maryland

10-1

1,428

6

5. Virginia

9-1

1,350

8

6. Xavier

11-0

1,287

10

7. North Carolina

9-2

1,215

11

8. Arizona

11-1

1,056

13

9. Butler

9-1

947

17

10. Providence

11-1

911

14

11. Iowa St.

9-1

907

5

12. Kentucky

9-2

856

4

13. Miami

9-1

851

15

14. Purdue

11-1

833

9

15. Duke

9-2

809

7

16. Louisville

9-1

652

19

17. Villanova

8-2

649

12

18. SMU

9-0

628

18

19. West Virginia

9-1

470

20

20. George Washington

10-1

366

21

21. Texas A&M

9-2

327

24

22. Cincinnati

10-2

315

23

23. Baylor

8-2

141

16

24. Utah

9-2

107

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25. South Carolina

10-0

87

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Others receiving votes: UCLA 49, UConn 46, Oregon 34, Gonzaga 33, Colorado 27, Dayton 17, Pittsburgh 16, N. Iowa 15, UALR 14, Vanderbilt 8, Monmouth (NJ) 6, Iowa 5, Florida 3, Texas 3, Northwestern 2.

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