UK slips in the AP Poll


Kentucky Wildcats Head Coach John Calipari coaches up Sacha Killeya-Jones during the second half of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday, January 6, 2017 in Knoxville, TN. Photo by Addison Coffey | Staff.

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After Kentucky’s overtime win over Vanderbilt and a nine-point road loss to Missouri, the Cats slipped to the near-bottom of Monday’s released AP Poll, taking the No. 24 spot.

It’s the first time in program history the Cats have ever ranked ranked in the No. 24 slot. UK was in danger of falling out of the top 25, something that has only happened three times in the John Calipari era.

The Cats will have a chance to prove themselves in the coming weeks, as UK’s next six opponents are in the top 40 in the RPI. Two of those opponents are ranked, including UK’s next opponent, No. 15 Tennessee.

Read: UK looks to avoid season sweep to Tennessee for the first time since 1999

The Cats will host Tennessee on Tuesday in an attempt to avenge their loss to the Vols in early January. UK’s largest margin of defeat this season was to Tennessee, which has gone 7-1 since the victory over the Cats. 

Tipoff is at 7 p.m.