Cats drop out of AP top 10 for first time in 31 weeks

It’s strange when you think about how many seasons Kentucky went without ever being ranked in the national polls to think that this week marks the first time the Cats have been ranked out of the top 10 in the past two seasons.

After the loss to Alabama at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night, Kentucky (16-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) dropped to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll released on Monday.

That’s the first time the Cats have been lower than No. 11 since November 2011 and the first time they haven’t been in the top 10 since the end of that 2011-12 season when they were No. 11 at the end of the regular season. In the final post-season poll that year, UK finished No. 8.

Kentucky is one of six SEC teams in this week’s poll, with the others being: No. 7 South Carolina, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 14 Louisiana State, No. 16 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Texas A&M.

UK still has games coming against each of those teams still, including LSU at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, at Tennessee (Feb. 16), versus South Carolina (Feb. 20), at Texas A&M (Feb. 23) and against Vanderbilt in the Cats’ home finale on March 2.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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