Cats remain the same in AP Poll’s shakeup


Quade Green #0 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks out before the game against Harvard Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky defeated Harvard 79-70. Photo by Carter Gossett | Staff

Kernel Sports Staff

After a week full of upsets in college basketball, Kentucky basketball stayed the same in the newest release of the AP Poll’s college basketball rankings.

The Cats checked in at the No. 8 spot after defeating Monmouth by 17 points. The victory was the third largest margin of victory the Cats have had all season.

Recap: Kentucky beats Monmouth 93-76

The top 10 underwent a big renovation after several top teams from the previous rankings were upset last week. There were five total losses from teams formerly ranked in the top five last week, including two from Kansas and Florida. 

Kansas dropped to No. 13 while Florida fell to No. 22.

Texas A&M also dropped to No. 9 after losing to Arizona, meaning Kentucky is the highest-ranked SEC team for the first time since Nov. 13. 

Three teams leapfrogged UK in the rankings. Arizona State, Miami and North Carolina are all ranked ahead of Kentucky after being ranked behind the Cats in the previous week.

The next game for Kentucky will be on Dec. 16 against Virginia Tech, who is 9-1 on the year. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. at Rupp Arena.