Kentucky will enter Southeastern Conference play on Thursday as the No. 16 team in the country, according to the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.
The Cats handed out another blowout loss to a non-conference opponent in defeating Sacred Heart at home on Saturday while teams ahead of them in last week’s poll — California, Iowa and Arizona State all lost. Michigan State, which defeated then-No. 16 Iowa, last week, jumped up six spots in the rankings just ahead of the Cats.
Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Commodores are 5-8 this season.
UConn, Notre Dame and Louisville remained the top three teams this week.
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