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Kentucky falls to No. 11 in Monday’s AP poll; first time out of top 10 in 2013-14 season

Kentucky dropped to No. 11 in the new Associated Press top 25 released Monday, falling from No. 3 to outside the top 10 for the first time this season following its 67-62 loss to Baylor in Arlington, Texas on Friday.
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Arizona, which leap-frogged UK in last week’s polls to take the No. 2 spot, is the new top team in the country. Michigan State fell to No. 5 on the heels of its first loss this season, a 79-65 home loss to North Carolina on Wednesday.


Baylor jumped to No. 14 a week after it placed No. 20 in the poll.


This week’s poll marks the first time this season Kentucky has fallen out of the top five, much less then top 10. The Wildcats opened the season at No. 1, and they dropped to their previous low of No. 4 following Nov. 12’s 78-74 loss to then-No. 2 Michigan State. The Spartans had been No. 1 since then, remaining undefeated until Wednesday’s loss.


Kansas also suffered its second loss of the season and fell victim to a similar drop in the polls. The Jayhawks are now No. 13 after coming in last week at No. 6.


The full poll, which can be seen in more detail here, is pasted below.


1. Arizona Wildcats (63 of 65 first-place votes)

2. Syracuse Orange (two first-place votes)

3. Ohio State Buckeyes

4. Wisconsin Badgers

5. Michigan State Spartans

6. Louisville Cardinals

7. Oklahoma State Cowboys

8. Duke Blue Devils

9. Connecticut Huskies

10. Villanova Wildcats

11. Kentucky Wildcats

12. Wichita State Shockers

13. Kansas Jayhawks

14. Baylor Bears

15. Oregon Ducks

16. Memphis Tigers

17. Iowa State Cyclones

18. North Carolina Tar Heels

19. Florida Gators

20. Gonzaga Bulldogs

21. Colorado Buffaloes

22. Massachusetts Minutemen

23. Iowa Hawkeyes

24. Missouri Tigers

25. San Diego State Aztecs


After a Tuesday home game against Boise State, Kentucky travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on No. 18 North Carolina on Saturday.

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