College basketball rankings: Kentucky and Florida streaking into Saturday showdown
Kentucky is No. 12 and Florida No. 14 in Wednesday's updated Top 25 (and 1).
Kentucky’s Missouri late Tuesday, combined with Florida’s earlier over South Carolina, set the stage for a massive Saturday afternoon inside Rupp Arena — where the Wildcats and Gators will play before a capacity crowd and with first place in the SEC standings on the line.at
Each team is 13-2 in the league.
Both will be favored in their final two regular-season games.
So Saturday’s showdown really might decide the SEC regular-season championship. Will the outcome lead to John Calipari’s fifth SEC title or Michael White’s first? Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on CBS -- America’s Most Watched Network.
Kentucky is 12th in the Top 25 (and one).
Florida is 14th.
||The Zags own four top-25 RPI wins and seven top-50 RPI wins. They've won 25 of their 28 games by double-digits - including each of the past 20.||--||28-0|
||The Wildcats have clinched at least a share of their fourth straight Big East title. Their resume features nine top-50 RPI victories.||--||26-2|
||The Jayhawks now have a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings with just four regular-season games remaining. They're about to win their 13th straight league title.||--||24-3|
||The Bears snapped their two-game losing streak Tuesday via a 60-54 victory over Oklahoma. They're 8-3 vs. top-50 RPI opponents with zero sub-100 losses.||--||23-5|
||The Ducks have won three straight games since losing at UCLA. They're 6-2 against top-50 RPI teams.||--||24-4|
||The Wildcats have won 19 of their past 20 games. The lone loss in that stretch is a loss at Oregon.||--||25-3|
||The Cardinals have nine top-60 RPI wins and zero losses to currently unranked teams. Their best wins are victories over Duke, Kentucky and Purdue.||--||22-5|
||The Blue Devils have won seven straight games since losing to NC State. They're 18-2 with Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline.||--||22-5|
||The Bruins avenged an earlier loss to USC by beating the Trojans 102-70 late Saturday. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Thursday's game with Arizona State.||--||24-3|
||The Tar Heels are 11-3 in the ACC and alone atop the league standings. They're 9-3 vs. top-50 RPI teams with two sub-50 losses.||--||23-5|
||The Mountaineers have won four of their past five games. The lone loss in the stretch is a OT loss at Kansas.||--||22-6|
||The Wildcats will take a five-game winning streak into Saturday's showdown with Florida. They're tied with the Gators atop the SEC standings.||--||23-5|
||The Boilermakers won at Penn State on Tuesday despite getting just 10 points and nine rebounds from Caleb Swanigan. They'll have a six-game winning streak heading into Saturday's game with Michigan.||--||23-5|
||The Gators will take a nine-game winning streak into Saturday's rematch with Kentucky. They have five top-50 RPI wins and zero sub-50 losses.||--||23-5|
||The Irish will take a four-game winning streak into their rematch with Georgia Tech. They're shooting 81.6 percent from the free throw line, which ranks first nationally.||--||21-7|
||The Badgers snapped their two-game losing streak Sunday with a win over Maryland. They're tied with Purdue atop the Big Ten standings.||--||22-5|
||The Bearcats have won 24 straight home games. They've only lost once in the past 10 weeks.||--||24-3|
||The Seminoles snapped their two-game losing streak Monday with a 104-72 win over Boston College. They're 9-2 vs. top-50 RPI teams.||--||22-6|
||The Bulldogs shot 56.9 percent from the field in Sunday's win over DePaul. Butler is 7-2 vs. top-50 RPI teams with four sub-50 losses.||--||21-6|
||The Gaels have only lost twice in the past two months. Both of those losses were to top-ranked Gonzaga.||--||24-3|
||The Trojans only have two sub-20 RPI losses on their resume. They own victories over UCLA and SMU.||--||21-6|
||The Mustangs have only lost once since Nov. 30. That lone loss is a 66-64 loss at Cincinnati.||--||24-4|
||Melo Trimble's 27 points Sunday were not enough to help Maryland avoid a loss at Wisconsin. The Terrapins are 3-1 vs. top-50 RPI teams with three sub-50 losses.||--||22-5|
||The Bluejays made nine 3-pointers in Sunday's win over Georgetown. They're 4-4 without Maurice Watson.||--||22-5|
||The Cyclones won at Texas Tech on Monday to extend their winning streak to four games. They now have eight top-50 KenPom wins and just three sub-50 losses.||--||18-9|
||The Cavaliers have six top-50 RPI wins and just three sub-40 losses even though they've lost six of their past eight games. They're heading to NC State on a four-game losing streak.||--||18-9|
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