Kentucky beat Tennessee 83-58 on Tuesday to improve to 21-5 - and extend its winning streak to three - heading into Saturday’s game at Georgia. And let the record show that Malik Monk grabbed eight rebounds.
That’s a career-high eight rebounds.
And it’s a sign that things are taking a turn for the better at Kentucky - and proof that John Calipari is starting to get through to his young players and break bad habits. The Hall of Fame coach had been begging Monk, publicly and privately, to use his athleticism to rebound more after the high-flying freshman grabbed only one rebound in a combined 103 minutes in UK’s previous three games. Monk responded by grabbing eight in 33 minutes against UT. He scored 20 points too.
UK is No. 12 in the Top 25 (and one).
The complete Top 25 (and one) is below.
|The Zags' 26-0 record features 23 double-digit wins. They've beaten Arizona, Florida, Iowa State and Saint Mary's (twice).||--||28-4|
|The Wildcats have won six straight games since losing at Marquette. They're at least two games ahead of everybody in the Big East standings.||--||30-8|
|The Jayhawks erased a 14-point deficit in the final three minutes of regulation to beat West Virginia Monday. They have a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings.||--||34-6|
|The Bears have 10 top-50 RPI wins and only one sub-50 loss. No other team has more than eight top-50 wins.||--||27-7|
|Dillon Brooks finished with a game-high 21 points in Saturday's win at USC. The Ducks now have six top-50 RPI victories - among them wins over Arizona and UCLA.||--||20-15|
|The Wildcats have won 17 of their past 18 games. The lone loss in the stretch is a loss at Oregon.||--||33-4|
|The Cardinals have four top-50 RPI wins and zero sub-30 losses. Every loss on their resume is a loss to a school also ranked in the Top 25 (and one).||--||13-19|
|The Bruins have won four straight games since losing at USC. They have the best offensive efficiency rating in the nation.||--||27-8|
|The Blue Devils are 7-4 against top-50 RPI teams and 16-2 with Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Wednesday's game at Virginia.||--||32-7|
|The Tar Heels are 2-2 in their last four games. All five of their losses have come outside of the Dean Smith Center.||--||29-10|
|The Mountaineers committed 21 turnovers in Monday's loss at Kansas. They're 6-3 against top-50 RPI teams with three sub-50 losses.||--||16-17|
|The Wildcats have won three straight games since losing at Florida. All five of Kentucky's losses are to top-50 KenPom teams.||--||26-8|
|The Cavaliers are 2-3 in their past five games after losing at Virginia Tech in double-overtime Sunday. Next up is Wednesday's game with Duke.||--||21-14|
|The Badgers are still alone atop the Big Ten standings despite Sunday's loss to Northwestern. All four of their losses are to top-35 RPI teams.||--||25-8|
|The Boilermakers are 5-3 vs. top-50 RPI teams with two sub-50 losses. Three of their final five regular-season games will be played on the road.||--||29-8|
|The Gators will take a seven-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Mississippi State. Florida is 1-4 vs. top-25 RPI teams and 4-4 against the top 50.||--||20-14|
|The Irish have won three straight games since losing at North Carolina. Six of Notre Dame's seven losses are to top-15 KenPom teams.||--||24-11|
|The Seminoles are 9-2 against top-50 RPI teams with three sub-50 losses. They've beaten Louisville, Florida, Virginia and Duke but lost to Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Temple.||--||17-14|
|The Bearcats are now tied with SMU in the loss column of the AAC standings after Sunday's loss to the Mustangs. Cincinnati is 2-3 against top-50 RPI teams with a 15-0 home record.||--||18-15|
|The Gamecocks have only lost once all season when Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier are both in the lineup. Thornwell is averaging 36.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in South Carolina's past two games.||--||18-13|
|The Bulldogs' weird resume now features six top-50 RPI wins and four sub-50 losses. They've beaten Villanova and Arizona but lost to Indiana State and St. John's.||--||14-19|
|Two of the Gaels' three losses are to top-ranked Gonzaga. Their best win is a November victory over Dayton.||--||26-8|
|Saturday's loss to Villanova dropped the Musketeers to 3-6 against top-50 RPI teams. Their best win is an 82-80 win at Creighton.||--||23-13|
|The Bluejays are 3-3 since Maurice Watson was diagnosed with a season-ending knee injury. Their 8-4 Big East record has them tied with Xavier for second in the league standings.||--||23-12|
|All five of USC's losses are to top-50 KenPom teams. The Trojans own victories over UCLA and SMU. 26 SMU||--||26-8|
|The Mustangs snapped Cincinnati's 15-game winning streak Sunday. They're now 2-2 against top-50 RPI teams with two sub-50 losses.||--||24-9|