UK no longer in the AP’s top 25


Kevin Knox The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team is defeated by Texas A&M 85-74 on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at Reed Arena in College Station, TX. Photo By Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

Kernel Sports Staff

For the fourth time in the John Calipari era and second time this season, Kentucky fell out of the top 25 in Monday’s newest release of the AP Poll.

The Cats were left out of the rankings after losing both to Tennessee and at Texas A&M last week. The losses extended UK’s losing streak to three games, which is the first time UK has gone that long without a win while Calipari has been the head coach.

The day before the AP’s rankings were released, the NCAA Selection Committee revealed their top 16 teams for the NCAA Tournament if the season ended on Sunday, and UK was not included in the reveal. Auburn and Tennessee were the only SEC team’s to make appearances in the top 16, with Auburn being tabbed at the fifth best team.

The SEC still has representatives in the AP Poll, as Auburn is placed at No. 10, Tennessee at No. 18 and the Aggies back to the rankings at No. 21.

The road this week won’t be any easier for UK, as they’ll travel to Auburn on Wednesday before hosting Alabama on Saturday. Auburn is coming off a 17-point road win at Georgia and is the SEC’s leader with a 10-2 record.

Alabama is coming off a 28-point home win over Tennessee, and will host LSU on Tuesday before traveling to face the Cats for the first time this season.