Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: UK back in the AP Top 25

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Feb 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) and forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) react after a play during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Auburn, 72-62. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a while, but the Wildcats are back in the top 25. They return as #25, earning 87 votes for the AP poll. Their re-entry can be attributed their current five game winning streak, their conference record and the fact that everybody in the country is losing right now.

This ranking matters as the selection committee looks at such things. The Wildcats will have a chance to move up in the polls by defeating the Florida Gators o in Gainesville on Tuesday night and by winning at Tennessee on Saturday.

Indiana stays at the top spot despite losing at unranked Illinois. Duke takes over the number two spot, and Miami jumps from eight to number three as they are the only team to boast a perfect record in the ACC.

Kentucky’s foe on Tuesday night drop from #2 to #7. And the Louisville Cardinals? They remain twelfth in the nation even after the absolutely devastating five overtime collapse against Notre Dame.

Parity is a wicked mistress.

Feb 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel (3) reacts during the game against the Auburn Tigers in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Auburn 72-62. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Stop me if you heard this one before: Nerlens Noel is the SEC freshman of the week. This makes it four weeks in a row for the Kentucky center. This week he was a monster as UK defeated South Carolina and Auburn at home. He averaged a double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Nice work Nerlens. You are going to have to bring it again tomorrow night going one-on-one with Patric Young.

Feb 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his team during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Auburn 72-62. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

John Calipari is back bemoaning the one and done system. Many of his critics are quick to assume that he is the architect behind the model, but the fact is that Cal uses it to his adavantage and he actually dislikes it.

The two-year model is more to his liking:

I’m one of the few coaches right now who will say let’s go to two years. It would be good for college players, good for the pros, good for everyone involved. I’m saying let’s go to two years.

He said this on Mike and Mike in the morning where he participated in a great interview that you can catch below:

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