The SEC suffered another setback in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll this week. Only two SEC teams were ranked inside the top 25 and one of the conference’s more prominent squads fell outside of the rankings entirely.
Kentucky led the way and moved up one spot to No. 4 in the poll after earning victories over Eastern Kentucky and Arizona State last week. The Wildcats did not receive a first place vote.
Vanderbilt, however dropped out of the poll after a No. 21 ranking last week,following a loss to Dayton on its home floor last Wednesday. Vandy also lost junior forward Luke Kornet for four to six weeks with an MCL injury he suffered during practice last Monday. Kornet ws averaging 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game before the injury.
Vanderbilt was expected to be the top challenger to Kentucky for the SEC crown, but the Commodores received just 18 votes this week.
Texas A&M re-entered the top 25 after falling out of the poll a week ago. The Aggies moved up to No. 24 after a 10-point victory over Kansas State last Saturday.
Another SEC squad to look for in next week’s poll will be South Carolina. The Gamecocks were off last week, but are the conference’s lone undefeated team left after starting the season 8-0. The Gamecocks will host Drexel on Tuesday before traveling to in-state rival Clemson on Friday.
Check out the entire top 25 here.