Kentucky moves up to No. 14 and 15 in AP, Coaches Polls

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Kentucky only had one opportunity to impress voters last week, but the Wildcats’ 81-66 victory over Penn was enough to move up in both polls on Monday.

Following four- and five-spot drops a week ago following the UNCW loss, UK is trending back in the right direction, moving up to No. 14 overall in the AP Poll and No. 15 overall in the Coaches Poll.

Check out the updated rankings:

AP College Basketball Poll – Dec. 11

RANKTEAMRECORDTRENDPOINTS
1Arizona8-01574 (62)
2Kansas9-11461
3Purdue9-1⬆️ 11424
4Houston10-0⬇️ 11416 (1)
5UConn9-11344
6Baylor9-01239
7Marquette8-2⬆️ 11221
8Creighton8-1⬆️ 21073
9North Carolina7-2992
10Gonzaga7-2⬇️ 3860
11Oklahoma9-0⬆️ 8848
12Tennessee6-3⬆️ 5835
13Clemson9-0⬆️ 11746
14Kentucky7-2⬆️ 2677
15Florida Atlantic7-2⬇️ 4622
16Illinois7-2⬆️ 4589
17Colorado State9-1⬇️ 4522
18BYU8-1⬇️ 4503
19Texas7-2⬇️ 7451
20James Madison9-0⬇️ 2441
21Duke6-3⬆️ 1315
22Virginia8-1300
23Wisconsin7-3213
24Miami (FL)7-2⬇️ 9156
25Northwestern7-1147

Others Receiving Votes

Colorado 116, Mississippi 86, Texas A&M 58, Auburn 57, Memphis 56, Alabama 43, Utah 25, Iowa St. 20, Ohio St. 9, Providence 7, San Diego St. 7, TCU 6, Nevada 5, South Carolina 3, New Mexico 2, Washington 2, Kansas St 1, Grand Canyon 1, Dayton 1, Saint Joseph’s 1.

USA Today Coaches Poll – Dec. 11

RankTeamRecordPTS1stPrevChgHi/Lo
1Arizona8-07962811/11
2Kansas9-173913+11/6
3Houston10-073432-12/6
4Purdue9-1712041/4
5UConn9-1675054/5
6Baylor9-0642066/17
7Marquette8-2614073/7
8Creighton8-1529011+37/14
9North Carolina7-2486010+19/21
10Tennessee6-3462013+38/13
11Clemson9-0426020+911/NR
12Oklahoma9-0422022+1012/NR
13Gonzaga7-241808-58/13
14Florida Atlantic7-235909-59/20
15Kentucky7-2317017+212/17
16Illinois7-2288018+216/NR
17BYU8-1261013-413/NR
18Colorado State9-1238012-612/21
19Duke6-3194021+23/21
20James Madison9-0181024+420/NR
21Virginia8-1160023+218/NR
22Texas7-2148016-616/22
23Wisconsin7-3920NR+323/NR
24Miami (FL)7-282015-98/24
25Ole Miss9-0790NR+825/NR

Schools Dropped Out

No. 19 Texas A&M; No. 25 Ohio State;

Others Receiving Votes

Northwestern 68; Texas A&M 56; Auburn 32; Colorado 31; Alabama 30; Memphis 26; TCU 21; Iowa State 21; Ohio State 18; San Diego State 10; USC 8; Princeton 8; New Mexico 5; Grand Canyon 5; Utah 3; Cincinnati 2; Indiana 1; Drake 1;

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Where Kentucky stands in other national rankings

Gary Parrish was indifferent on the Cats this week, keeping them at No. 15 overall in his latest “Top 25-and-One” rankings at CBS Sports. As for ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, he’s a believer in this group, moving Kentucky back into the top 10 to No. 9 in his new Power Rankings.

It’s safe to say John Calipari is done easing in freshman big man Aaron Bradshaw. After missing the first seven games due to injury, Bradshaw played just 13 minutes in the loss to UNC Wilmington in his debut. Against Penn, though, it didn’t appear he had any restrictions. He came off the bench to play 29 minutes, finishing with 17 points, 11 boards — five on the offensive end — and three blocks. Kentucky has sorely missed a presence like his at both ends of the floor so far.

Jeff Borzello, ESPN

CJ Moore of The Athletic, who had been the highest on the Wildcats among all national outlets this season, somehow dropped them down two spots from No. 14 to No. 16 this week.

Kentucky’s 7-foot-1 center Aaron Bradshaw is now part of the rotation, playing 29 minutes on Saturday in the win at Penn. … It appears that Bradshaw, who also made a 3-pointer, can be part of the fun-and-gun style that’s made Kentucky so enjoyable to watch thus far.

CJ Moore, The Athletic

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