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Kentucky men drop to No. 23; UofL 17th in AP college basketball poll

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Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks with his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 75-70.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks with his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 75-70. AP

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team paid a heavy price in the college basketball polls for its loss at unranked Auburn on Saturday.

The Wildcats fell from No. 14 to No. 23 in The Associated Press poll and from No. 13 to No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Kentucky is 13-4 after splitting games last week against Mississippi State and Auburn.

Louisville gained ground in both polls after beating Pittsburgh last Thursday. The Cardinals climbed from No. 21 to No. 17 in the AP and from No. 20 to No. 16 in the coaches’.

Both polls also have a new No. 1, with Oklahoma replacing Kansas on top.

Oklahoma didn’t just move to the top of The Associated Press Top 25, the Sooners are a unanimous No. 1. Coming off a week with two two-point wins, the Sooners received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. It is Oklahoma’s first time at No. 1 since the final two weeks of 1989-90.

Oklahoma becomes the fifth school to be No. 1 this season, joining North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State and Kansas.

Associated Press Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Previous

1. Oklahoma (65)

15-1

1,625

2

2. North Carolina

16-2

1,515

5

3. Kansas

15-2

1,499

1

4. Villanova

16-2

1,403

6

5. Xavier

16-1

1,321

7

6. West Virginia

15-2

1,278

11

7. Maryland

16-2

1,259

3

8. SMU

17-0

1,179

10

9. Iowa

14-3

1,167

16

10. Texas A&M

15-2

994

15

11. Michigan St.

16-3

950

4

12. Arizona

15-3

801

18

13. Baylor

14-3

649

22

13. Virginia

13-4

649

13

15. Miami

13-3

645

8

16. Providence

15-3

609

12

17. Louisville

14-3

608

21

18. Butler

13-4

439

23

19. Iowa St.

13-4

411

17

20. Duke

14-4

375

9

21. Southern Cal

15-3

338

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22. Purdue

15-3

322

24

23. Kentucky

13-4

276

14

24. South Carolina

16-1

252

19

25. Indiana

15-3

210

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Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 184, Clemson 53, Wichita St. 38, Valparaiso 30, Notre Dame 14, Dayton 9, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 8, Gonzaga 5, Hawaii 3, Utah 3, Monmouth (NJ) 1, Navy 1, Oregon 1, UALR 1.

USA Today Coaches Poll

Record

Pts.

1

Oklahoma (26)

15-1

763

2

North Carolina (4)

16-2

727

3

Kansas (1)

15-2

700

4

Villanova

16-2

674

5

Maryland

16-2

629

6

Xavier

16-1

616

7

West Virginia

15-2

585

8

Texas A&M

15-2

532

9

Iowa

14-3

494

10

Michigan State

16-3

461

11

Arizona

15-3

438

12

Duke

14-4

360

13

Virginia

13-4

340

14

Miami (Fla.)

13-3

319

15

Baylor

14-3

306

16

Louisville

14-3

288

17

Providence

15-3

269

18

South Carolina

16-1

231

19

Kentucky

13-4

206

20

Pittsburgh

15-2

179

21

Iowa State

13-4

173

22

Purdue

15-3

167

23

Indiana

15-3

162

24

Butler

13-4

156

25

USC

15-3

103

Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 35, Clemson 29, Dayton 29, Oregon 20, Valparaiso 16, Wichita St 16, Connecticut 12, Saint Mary's 10, Michigan 6, Washington 5, Arkansas-Little Rock 5, California 5, LSU 3, Monmouth 3, Seton Hall 2, UAB 1

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