The University of Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball team has moved up to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 rankings after a 38-point win over Florida on Sunday evening, marking their highest ranking since 2009 when they were ranked as high as No. 3. The Big Blue Nation is excited about its new position, but how will this affect future recruiting?
The “ncaa basketball rankings 2020” are out, and the Kentucky Wildcats have jumped to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll.
The Southeastern Conference has a firm grip on the top spot in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll this week, thanks to Auburn’s continued success and Kentucky’s ascent.
In Monday’s new poll, Bruce Pearl’s Tigers received 49 of 61 first-place votes, extending their first stay at No. 1 to two weeks, while John Calipari’s Wildcats ascended to No. 5 for the first time in more than two years in the AP Top 25. For the first time in almost three years, the SEC has two top-five Teams.
Since losing a double-overtime game to Connecticut in November, Auburn (20-1) has won 17 consecutive games. The Tigers won a close game at Missouri in their first game at No. 1, then beat Oklahoma at home on Saturday. The school also agreed to an eight-year contract with Pearl.
|1. Auburn is a city in the state of (49)||20-1|
|2. Gonzaga is a university in the state of Washington (12)||17-2|
|13. Michigan State University||16-4|
|14. Texas Tech is a university in the state of Texas||16-5|
|16. Ohio State is a university in the state of Ohio||13-5|
|19. Southern California||18-3|
|20. Iowa State University||16-5|
“It’s been a nice week,” Pearl joked after the Sooners’ victory.
Kentucky (17-4) jumped seven positions this week after beating Kansas by 18 points on Saturday. This is Kentucky’s best position since the start of the 2019-20 season, when the Wildcats stood at No. 6 in early March after spending one week at No. 1 in the inaugural regular-season poll.
“Every time we play as a team, I don’t believe anybody can stop us,” Oscar Tshiebwe, Kansas’ big man, remarked after the Wildcats’ victory.
This is the first time the SEC has had two top-five teams since February 2019, when Kentucky and Tennessee were fourth and fifth, respectively.
THE FINAL STAGE
Gonzaga stayed in second place and received the remaining 12 first-place votes. Purdue, which had its first No. 1 rating earlier this season, rose to No. 3 behind UCLA. The Bruins started the season ranked second and have already spent 11 weeks in the top five, while the Boilermakers have spent nine.
STUMBLE OF CHAMPIONS
After Kentucky, Houston and Arizona were next, followed by reigning national champion Baylor, which has fallen after a 15-0 start and a 21-game winning streak dating back to last year’s championship season.
After losing to Alabama on Saturday, Baylor has split its past six games after spending five weeks at the top. The Big 12 hasn’t had at least one team in the top five since the last poll of the 2018-19 season, thanks to the Bears’ four-spot drop.
Baylor is still the only team in the USA to rank in the top ten in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency (118.8 points per 100 possessions) and adjusted defensive efficiency (118.8 points per 100 possessions) rankings (89.1).
While Kentucky made the highest leap, No. 18 Illinois also made a significant shift, moving six positions after beating Michigan State last week. In all, nine clubs improved in the poll released on Monday.
After losing to Kentucky, Kansas dropped five positions to No. 10, but it was No. 25 LSU that dropped the most this week. After losing against TCU, the Tigers dropped six positions.
No. 19 Southern California and No. 22 Tennessee have dropped four positions, joining Arizona and Baylor. In all, nine clubs dropped from the previous week’s standings.
THE EXISTENCE OF THE STATUS QUO
For the second week in a row, six teams remained undefeated, including No. 9 Duke and No. 11 Wisconsin.
No. 16 Ohio State and No. 21 Xavier were similarly unchanged from the previous week.
THANK YOU FOR RETURNING.
Following a one-week hiatus in a season that saw the Longhorns debut at No. 5, Texas returned to the poll at No. 23 as the lone new entry.
GOODBYE (FOR NOW)
After earning the program’s first AP Top 25 rating since March 2015, Davidson dropped out of the rankings.
WATCH THE CONFERENCE
In Monday’s poll, the Big 12, Big East, and Big Ten matched for the national lead with five ranked teams apiece. The SEC has four, with the Pac-12 having three. Each conference featured one rated team: the Atlantic Coast, West Coast, and American Athletic.
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