Kentucky climbed from No. 4 to No. 3 in the new Associated Press men's college basketball poll released Monday.
The Wildcats advanced one spot after beating Texas-Arlington 105-76 in their only game last week. The Cats, who were ranked No. 1 in the pre-season before an early loss to Michigan State. They defeated Cleveland State 68-61 in Rupp Arena on Monday.
UK (4-1) claimed the spot vacated by Louisville after its 93-84 loss to North Carolina on Sunday. The Cardinals (5-1) dropped to No. 9 in the new poll. North Carolina vaulted from No. 24 to No. 16 this week.
Michigan State won three games last week and remains a runaway No. 1.
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No. 15 Florida 86, Jacksonville 60: Casey Prather scored 27 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 and No. 15 Florida handled host Jacksonville. The latest victory was a final tuneup before the team's toughest stretch of the season — games against Florida State, Connecticut, Kansas and Memphis.
Cal 85, Arkansas 77: David Kravish had 19 points and 15 rebounds as California beat Arkansas in the opening game of the Maui Invitational. Cal made just under half its shots as a team.
No. 7 Ohio St. 65, Wyoming 50: Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 20 points and Aaron Craft had all 10 of his points in a second-half surge to lead No. 7 Ohio State.
No. 5 Oklahoma State 93, South Florida 67: Marcus Smart and Markel Brown scored 25 points apiece to lead No. 5 Oklahoma State over host South Florida.
No. 8 Syracuse 75, Minnesota 67: C.J. Fair scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 8 Syracuse held off Minnesota in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The Orange (5-0) pushed through a late run by the Golden Gophers, who pulled within 67-65 with little more than two minutes left.
Ware fined for speeding
Louisville guard Kevin Ware has pleaded guilty to speeding charges and fined $268 by a Barren County Circuit Court judge.
The Cardinals' junior, whose right leg injury sustained during the team's NCAA championship run last spring made him an inspirational figure, appeared in court Monday on speeding and reckless driving charges.
Kentucky State Police ticketed Ware on Oct. 26 for driving 95 mph in a construction zone on Interstate 65. The Barren County Court clerk told The Associated Press in an email the speeding charge was amended to 25 mph over the limit.
Promo shot blues
Making a half-court shot during a promotion at an Oklahoma City Thunder game might be easier for 23-year-old Cameron Rodriguez than keeping the $20,000 prize.
Rodriguez, a basketball player at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., made the shot Nov. 18 during halftime of the National Basketball Association team's game against the Denver Nuggets. Now he and his school are asking the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for a rules exception that would allow him to use the money as a scholarship to help pay his tuition.
Rodriguez knocked over the Thunder mascot during his celebration.
The NAIA student guide says athletes cannot use their sports ability or fame for financial reward.
Rodriguez would have lost eligibility for at least a full academic year had he pocketed the money, according to Ed Loeb, a Southwestern math professor and faculty athlete representative. There would be no conflict if Rodriguez won the money in a non- basketball promotion, such as a long golf putt, Loeb said.
UK's Stallworth on Naismith watch list
University of Kentucky women's basketball senior forward DeNesha Stallworth was selected to the prestigious 2013-14 Naismith Trophy preseason watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Monday.
The All-America candidate helped lead the Wildcats to their third Elite Eight in the last four seasons and a school record 30 wins in 2012-13.
Stallworth currently leads the seventh-ranked Wildcats (6-0) in scoring at 13.8 points per game and is third on the team in rebounding at 6.0 rebounds per game. She is shooting a team-best 62.7 percent (32-of-51) from the field, while also knocking down 81.8 percent (18-of-22) of her free throws. Stallworth collected her 22nd career double-double at Wagner on Nov. 10 with 18 points and 13 rebounds.