The South Carolina Gamecocks are back inside the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25 poll. South Carolina joined Texas A&M and Kentucky as the teams representing the SEC in the rankings.
The Gamecocks reappeared at No. 25 in the poll after falling outside of the top 25 in last week’s rankings. South Carolina took care of business at home with wins against conference bottom-feeders Alabama and Mississippi State last week. The 19-2 Gamecocks will face two stiffer tests this week when they travel to UGA and Texas A&M, the highest-ranked SEC squad in the poll.
The Aggies stumbled three spots to No. 8 after losing to Arkansas on the road on Wednesday and beating No. 13 Iowa State on Saturday. The loss to the Razorbacks snapped a 10-game winning streak, but it appears the pollsters weren’t overly impressed with Texas A&M’s victory over the Cyclones at home. The Aggies will try to get back inside the top five with a road game against Vanderbilt and a home contest against South Carolina.
Kentucky oddly stayed right where it was at No. 20 in the poll. The Wildcats had a very good week despite a 1-1 record. They thumped Missouri 88-54 at home on Tuesday night before giving Kansas everything it could handle at Phog Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night. Kentucky ultimately lost 90-84 in a tremendous overtime thriller, but it looks like John Calipari could have his team clicking as February approaches. The Wildcats will look to get back on track this week with a road game against Tennessee before hosting a talented Florid team on Saturday.