And then there were two. Only two SEC squads were ranked in the newest version of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
The good news is both teams included in the poll moved up in the rankings. Texas A&M moved up to No. 5 in the country while Kentucky advanced three spots to No. 20 in the poll.
The Aggies (17-2, 7-0) continue to breeze through SEC play and have won their last three games by double-digit margins. Senior guard Jalen Jones dropped 20 points apiece in A&M’s victories over LSU and Missouri last week.
The upcoming week will present a pair of stiff challenges for the rolling Aggies. Texas A&M will first travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for a matchup with the Razorbacks before hosting No. 14 Iowa State as a part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Arkansas defeated Texas A&M 81-75 last season at Bud Walton Arena.
Kentucky rebounded from a loss to Auburn two weeks ago with a pair of victories over Arkansas and Vanderbilt this past week. The Wildcats smothered a talented Vandy team at Rupp Arena on Saturday and held the Commodres to a paltry 32 percent from the floor.
Kentucky will host SEC bottom-feeder Missouri before embarking on one of its biggest tests of the season on Saturday: a trip to Lawrence, Kan., for a primetime battle with the No. 4 Jayhawks.
South Carolina dropped out of the rankings after suffering its second loss of the season to Tennessee last weekend. The Gamecocks reached as high as No. 19 in the poll after a 15-0 start before an ugly road loss to Alabama knocked them down five pegs to No. 24 in last week’s AP Top 25.