Three SEC teams will start the new year ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25. Kentucky, Texas A&M and South Carolina each moved up in the final poll of 2015.
The Wildcats leapt from No. 12 to No. 10 after outlasting in-state rival Louisville, 75-73, at Rupp Arena. Four Wildcats scored in double figures against the Cardinals, and Kentucky was led by sophomore guard Tyler Ulis’ 21 points and eight assists. The Wildcats won’t hit the hardwood again until Saturday when they host Ole Miss.
Texas A&M jumped up one spot to No. 20. after being idle last week. The Aggies will host Cal Poly for one more tune-up on Tuesday before opening conference play against Arkansas at Reed Arena on Saturday.
Last but certainly not least was South Carolina, which moved up one spot to No. 24. The lone undefeated team in the SEC moved to 11-0 with a convincing 75-61 victory over St. John’s. Four Gamecocks scored in double figures and junior guard Duane Notice dropped 20 points off the bench.
South Carolina will welcome Francis Marion for an exhibition game on Wednesday before facing its toughest test of the non-conference slate against Memphis at Colonial Life Arena.