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Kentucky is out of Top 25 (and one)

Kentucky lost at LSU late Tuesday and now has four losses to teams ranked outside of the top 50 of the RPI. That's two more than any other school in the AP poll. So if somebody asks why the Wildcats are no longer in the Top 25 (and one), reference that statistic.

Too many bad losses.

Not enough notable victories.

That's a rough combination for the preseason No. 1.

So please don't get caught-up on the fact that the Wildcats dropped from No. 13 to out of the Top 25 (and one) after nothing more than a loss at LSU, because I'm not caught-up on that at all. I would encourage you to instead look at Kentucky's resume -- one RPI top-40 win, four losses outside of the RPI top-50 -- and ask yourself two questions:

  1. Is the Wildcats' body of work superior to any school listed below?
  2. Should the Wildcats be ranked even though they have twice as many losses outside of the RPI top-50 than any school listed below?

I submit that the answers are No and No.

Anyway ...

The Top 25 (and one) updates every morning and also on Sunday nights.

Here's the latest version:

(Click this link to view each team's previous ranking, recent results, future schedule, etc.)

  1. Arizona (20-0)
  2. Syracuse (19-0)
  3. San Diego State (18-1)
  4. Florida (17-2)
  5. Michigan State (19-2)
  6. Villanova (18-2)
  7. Kansas (15-4)
  8. Wichita State (22-0)
  9. Iowa State (15-3)
  10. Michigan (15-4)
  11. Wisconsin (17-3)
  12. Duke (17-4)
  13. Saint Louis (18-2)
  14. Cincinnati (19-2)
  15. Creighton (18-3)
  16. UMass (17-2)
  17. Iowa (16-5)
  18. Oklahoma (17-4)
  19. Oklahoma State (16-4)
  20. Louisville (17-3)
  21. Connecticut (16-4)
  22. Memphis (15-4)
  23. Pittsburgh (18-3)
  24. Texas (16-4)
  25. UCLA (16-4)
  26. Virginia (16-5)

In: Virginia
Out: Kentucky


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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