Two SEC basketball squads moved up in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll while another team curiously dropped a spot in the polls.
Kentucky (No. 9) continued to lead the way and was bumped up one spot after an impressive 22-point victory over Ole Miss in its SEC conference opener. The Wildcats have earned two solid victories in a row after suffering their second loss of the season to Ohio State near the end of December.
Kentucky may have flipped the switch in last Saturday’s win over the Rebels, but it will be tested with a pair of conference road games this week. The Wildcats will start the week with a showdown against freshman sensation Ben Simmons and LSU on Tuesday night before traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a battle with Avery Johnson and Alabama on Saturday night.
Texas A&M surprisingly dropped one spot and was ranked No. 21 in the latest poll. The Aggies did nothing wrong this week besides dominate the teams they were expected to dominate. Texas A&M scored a pair of home victories over Cal Poly and Arkansas last week. The Aggies were particularly dominant against Arkansas and topped the Razorbacks by 23 points on Saturday.
The undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks are beginning to gain some respect. The team moved up two spots to No. 22 in this week’s poll. South Carolina capped its non-conference slate with a 86-76 victory over a physical Memphis team last Saturday. The 13-0 Gamecocks will get their first taste of SEC play when they travel to Auburn on Tuesday night and host Vanderbilt on Saturday.