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Kentucky Wildcats drop in polls, but RPI stays strong


The latest edition of the college basketball polls are out and as expected, the Kentucky Wildcats suffered a drop after the loss to Florida. Kentucky dropped from #14 to #18 in the AP poll. The win over Kentucky impressed one AP pollster to give the Gators a first place vote.  It is interesting to note that this is a year where the pollsters ignore some losses by certain teams.  Duke, with 5 losses checks in at #5 and Kansas is #8 with 6 losses.  It just seems rare to see 5 and 6 loss teams so high in the rankings in mid February.  Here is the rest of the AP poll, courtesy of ESPN.

1 Syracuse (64) 25-0 1,624
2 Florida (1) 23-2 1,543
3 Wichita State 27-0 1,489
4 Arizona 23-2 1,427
5 Duke 20-5 1,296
6 San Diego State 22-2 1,232
7 Cincinnati 23-3 1,157
8 Kansas 19-6 1,129
9 Villanova 22-3 1,020
10 Saint Louis 23-2 1,019
11 Louisville 21-4 991
11 Creighton 21-4 991
13 Michigan State 21-5 788
14 Virginia 21-5 752
15 Iowa 19-6 721
16 Wisconsin 21-5 609
17 Iowa State 19-5 597
18 Kentucky 19-6 579
19 Texas 20-5 577
20 Michigan 18-7 421
21 Connecticut 20-5 382
22 Memphis 19-6 204
23 UCLA 20-5 168
24 Ohio State 20-6 133
25 Gonzaga 23-4 112

The coaches on the other hand, dropped the Wildcats from #13 to #16 this week.  It’s interesting to note the level of disagreement about Louisville in the two polls.  The coaches have them at #5 and the writers have them at #11.  Even more interesting is the RPI and other computer rankings about the Cards.  The ESPN RPI rankings still have them at #37, which believe it or not is bordering on bubble territory.  Kentucky with their six losses has a RPI of 12.

It’s going to be interesting come Selection Sunday to see which rankings win out – the humans or computers – when it comes to the Cats and Cards.  Here is the USA Today coaches poll.

1 Syracuse (32) 25-0 800
2 Florida 23-2 752
3 Wichita State 27-0 747
4 Arizona 23-2 679
5 Louisville 21-4 618
6 Duke 20-5 611
7 San Diego State 22-2 591
8 Kansas 19-6 554
9 Cincinnati 23-3 526
10 Saint Louis 23-2 513
11 Villanova 22-3 506
12 Creighton 21-4 423
13 Virginia 21-5 416
14 Michigan State 21-5 406
15 Iowa 19-6 375
16 Kentucky 19-6 302
17 Texas 20-5 278
18 Wisconsin 21-5 255
19 Iowa State 19-5 227
20 Michigan 18-7 159
21 Connecticut 20-5 158
22 Gonzaga 23-4 128
23 Ohio State 20-6 97
24 Memphis 19-6 85
25 UCLA 20-5 72

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