UK remains easy No. 1 in both polls



UK is still on top of the rankings.

The Cats were a unanimous No. 1 in the coaches poll for the second straight week, receiving all 31 first-place votes.

In the Associated Press poll, the Cats received 63 of 65 first-place votes, two more than the previous week.

And a couple notes from the SEC teleconference:

  • Terrence Jones exploded for a season-high 27 points and nine rebounds in Saturday’s win against LSU, and the Tigers’ coach was impressed. “If Terrence is going to show up and play like that,” LSU coach Trent Johnson said, “you can crown them right now.” Jones is averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.5 rpg.
  • Tennessee’s head coach, Cuonzo Martin, was also impressed — but he sees this team as much more than just Jones. He said Kentucky is “tough to beat” with Jones playing like he did Saturday, “but it’s hard to identify just one guy,” Martin said. “They have so many weapons, if you slow one down, somebody else steps up.”
  • Johnson loved the play of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, as well, despite the forward scoring just one point. “Guys like him don’t get enough credit, because they impact the game without scoring,” Johnson said. “You ask any coach in the country. All of them would die to have one or two (players) like that.”
  • Johnson said the flagrant-2 foul on Anthony Davis, committed by Malcolm White on Saturday, “was very disturbing. It’s one thing to be physical, but it’s another thing to be stupid. That was stupid.” Johnson said potential further punishment would be kept in-house, and he said he apologized for the play to John Calipari after the game.

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