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Wildcats hang on to final spot in top 25 despite ugly pair of losses last week


Kentucky was at the wrong end of a pair of upsets last week—Saturday’s 72-67 loss to South Carolina was perhaps the most shocking loss of John Calipari’s tenure at Kentucky to date—but managed to retain enough grace with Associated Press top 25 voters to stay in the poll. The Wildcats are ranked No. 25 for the final week of the regular season.
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The Wildcats fell eight spots after their overtime loss Thursday to Arkansas that set up the debacle in Columbia. It’s Kentucky’s lowest ranking of the season. The Wildcats spent 14 of the final 15 weeks of last season unranked, briefly coming back in the poll at 25th after 10 unranked weeks in a row, only to fall back out of the poll.

 

Florida remained No. 1 with 46 of 65 first-place votes. Kentucky closes its regular season Saturday on the road against the Gators.

 

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

 

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1. Florida Gators (46 of 65 first-place votes)

2. Wichita State Shockers (14)

3. Arizona Wildcats (5)

4. Duke Blue Devils

5. Virginia Cavaliers

6. Villanova Wildcats

7. Syracuse Orange

8. Kansas Jayhawks

9. Wisconsin Badgers

10. San Diego State Aztecs

11. Louisville Cardinals

12. Michigan Wolverines

13. Creighton Bluejays

14. North Carolina Tar Heels

15. Cincinnati Bearcats

16. Iowa State Cyclones

17. Saint Louis Billikens

18. SMU Mustangs

19. Connecticut Huskies

20. Memphis Tigers

21. New Mexico Lobos

22. Michigan State Spartans

23. Oklahoma Sooners

24. Iowa Hawkeyes

25. Kentucky Wildcats


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