UK men’s basketball team re-enters top 25


Kentucky head coach John Calipari is happy with what he’s seeing on the court during the game against Missouri on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats won with a final score of 88-66. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

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After a two-week absence from the AP Poll, Kentucky re-entered the top 25, claiming the No. 23 spot.

UK was last ranked by the AP Poll on Feb. 5, when the Cats took the No. 24 spot. UK is 2-0 in its history of being ranked No. 23.

The three-game win streak that UK is currently riding helped them reemerge in the polls. The Cats have won those last three games by double digits, all against teams in the top 44 of the NCAA RPI.

The AP isn’t the only one to notice UK’s momentum pick up, as the Cats rose from No. 31 to No. 24 in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings from last week. 

With only two games left in the regular season, UK is tied for third in the SEC’s standings with three other teams, with two more teams just one game behind. UK will close out their regular season with a home contest against Ole Miss and a road rematch against Florida. 

Florida is one of those three teams tied with UK for third in the SEC at 9-7. The Gators are coming off one of their biggest wins of the season, which was a home victory against No. 14 Auburn.

Auburn and No. 16 Tennessee are the only other two SEC teams to be ranked along with Kentucky.

Mississippi State and Arkansas are the other two teams UK is tied with for third in the SEC.