Kentucky Rises In AP Poll, Now A Projected 1 Seed

Here are the list of AP ranked teams who have lost to an unranked opponent this past week:

  • #1 Auburn

  • #3 Purdue

  • #6 Houston (Twice)

  • #7 Duke

  • #9 Texas Tech

  • #14 Wisconsin

  • #16 Ohio State

  • #18 Marquette

  • #22 St. Mary's

  • #25 Xavier

In fact, there were 19 total ranked losses this past week. With Kentucky avoiding this list by picking up a pair of double digit wins over South Carolina and Florida, they once again move up in the AP Poll, as well gain respect in Bracketology (projections of NCAA tournament seeding).


Kentucky reaches a new season high in the AP Poll, coming in at #4 behind Gonzaga, Auburn, and Arizona. They also come in at the 1 seed line in Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology projection.

A lot of change can still come in either direction with a stretch of tough games coming up. Kentucky has 4 potential "Quadrant 1" matchups in a row including:

  • 2/15 @ #16 Tennessee

  • 2/19 vs #25 Alabama

  • 2/23 vs LSU ("Others Receiving Votes" in AP Poll)

  • 2/27 @ #23 Arkansas

These games may prove to be especially difficult if TyTy Washington (lower leg) and Jacob Toppin (ankle) are unable to go. The status on both of these players for any upcoming games is yet to be announced.


The full AP Poll is as follows:

  1. Gonzaga

  2. Auburn

  3. Arizona

  4. Kentucky

  5. Purdue

  6. Kansas

  7. Baylor

  8. Providence

  9. Duke

  10. Villanova

  11. Texas Tech

  12. Illinois

  13. UCLA

  14. Houston

  15. Wisconsin

  16. Tennessee

  17. USC

  18. Ohio State

  19. Michigan State

  20. Texas

  21. Murray State

  22. Wyoming

  23. Arkansas

  24. Connecticut

  25. Alabama

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