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Kentucky men fall into teens in latest college basketball polls

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to his players, including Kentucky forward Derek Willis (35), Kentucky guard Jamal Murray (23) and Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13), during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. LSU won 85-67.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to his players, including Kentucky forward Derek Willis (35), Kentucky guard Jamal Murray (23) and Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13), during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. LSU won 85-67. AP

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team dropped to No. 14 in The Associated Press poll released Monday. The Cats slid to No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Wildcats dropped from No. 9 and No. 8, respectively, last week after losing at unranked Louisiana State last Tuesday.

Louisville, in the wake of Sunday’s upset loss at Clemson, also took a hit, falling from No. 16 in both polls last week to No. 21 (AP) and No. 20 (coaches) this week.

Kansas remained No. 1 in both polls. Two other Southeastern Conference teams joined the Wildcats in both polls: Texas A&M (15/14) and undefeated South Carolina (19/15).

Associated Press Top 25

Rank

Team

Record

Points

1

Kansas (63)

14-1

1,621

2

Oklahoma (1)

13-1

1,551

3

Maryland

15-1

1,472

4

Michigan State (1)

16-1

1,446

5

North Carolina

15-2

1,371

6

Villanova

14-2

1,246

7

Xavier

14-1

1,200

8

Miami (Fla.)

13-1

1,139

9

Duke

14-2

1,100

10

SMU

15-0

1,040

11

West Virginia

14-1

867

12

Providence

14-2

862

13

Virginia

12-3

818

14

Kentucky

12-3

698

15

Texas A&M

13-2

668

16

Iowa

12-3

656

17

Iowa State

12-3

555

18

Arizona

13-3

537

19

South Carolina

15-0

527

20

Pittsburgh

14-1

334

21

Louisville

13-3

330

22

Baylor

12-3

325

23

Butler

12-4

302

24

Purdue

14-3

145

25

Gonzaga

13-3

101

Others receiving votes: USC 79, Indiana 59, UCLA 21, Utah 10, Texas Tech 10, Saint Mary's 8, Wichita St 7, Valparaiso 6, Oregon 6, Hawaii 4, St Bonaventure 1, Oregon State 1, Akron 1, Dayton 1.

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank

Team

Record

Points

1

Kansas (32)

14-1

800

2

Oklahoma

13-1

743

3

Maryland

15-1

742

4

Michigan State

16-1

694

5

North Carolina

15-2

673

6

Duke

14-2

596

7

Villanova

14-2

557

8

Xavier

14-1

555

9

Miami (Fla.)

13-1

551

10

West Virginia

14-1

477

11

Virginia

12-3

426

12

Providence

14-2

400

13

Kentucky

12-3

393

14

Texas A&M

13-2

383

15

South Carolina

15-0

361

16

Arizona

13-3

337

17

Pittsburgh

14-1

263

18

Iowa State

12-3

253

19

Iowa

12-3

226

20

Louisville

13-3

205

21

Gonzaga

13-3

173

22

Baylor

12-3

156

23

Butler

12-4

147

24

Purdue

14-3

122

25

Indiana

14-3

38

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 34, Oregon 18, USC 16, UCLA 12, George Washington 11, California 9, Houston 5, Dayton 5, Valparaiso 5, Texas Tech 3, Washington 3, Arkansas-Little Rock 2, Cincinnati 2, Saint Mary's 1, Utah 1, Hawaii 1, Boise State 1

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