The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats headline a group of three SEC teams ranked inside the latest AP Top 25 Poll.
The Wildcats earned 59 of 65 first-place votes after cruising past Boston University and South Florida last week. It wasn’t a perfect week for Big Blue, however, as point guard Tyler Ulis left Friday’s game against USF with a hyperextended right elbow.
Vanderbilt ascended three spots to No. 16 after a productive weekend in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The Commodores breezed through St. John’s and Wake Forest before falling in the final to No. 4 Kansas, 70-63.
The final SEC team included in the poll was one of the biggest movers of the week. Texas A&M went from No. 25 to No. 18 after an impressive showing in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament that featured wins over Texas and No. 13 Gonzaga. The Aggies also came up short in the tournament final to No. 14 Syracuse, 74-67.
LSU fell out of the top 25 after losing its first two real tests of the season in the Legends Classic. LSU first lost to eventual tournament champion, Marquette, 81-80, then fell to NC State in the consolation game, 83-72, in overtime. The Tigers received only two votes in this week’s poll after being ranked 22nd a week ago.
Another team that received a smattering of votes was South Carolina, which has quietly gotten off to a 6-0 start. The Gamecocks book-ended the work week with wins over Tulsa on Monday and Lipscomb on Friday. They received five votes in this week’s poll.