UK basketball drops in AP Poll after two straight wins


Kentucky head coach John Calipari coaches his team from the sidelines during the game against Georgia on Sunday, December 31, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 66 to 61. Photo by Olivia Beach | Staff

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Coming off a 29-point victory over in-state rival Louisville and a five-point victory over Georgia in their first SEC game of the year, UK basketball drops one spot in the AP Top 25 Poll, to No. 17.

After a loss to unranked UCLA last week that dropped them to No. 16, the Cats had two straight home wins led by guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander that improved the team’s record to 11-2.

UK is ranked six spots below SEC opponent Texas A&M, who just dropped from No. 5 to No. 11 after a 22-point loss to unranked Alabama. The Aggies are the only SEC team ranked ahead of the Cats, and the two teams will face off Jan. 9.