College basketball rankings: Kentucky falls out of AP Top 25 poll for 1st time since 2014

Two losses to unranked opponents --  to South Carolina on the road, and to Florida at home -- has sent Kentucky tumbling from No. 18 in last week's AP top 25 to completely unranked in the latest poll on Monday. It's the first time since March 2014 the Wildcats have not been in the weekly rankings.

Kentucky (14-5) is dealing with a number of issues, but chief among them right now is inexperience and youth. The young Wildcats simply haven't been able to establish a go-to scorer on offense yet this season, and for large stretches of games, they go cold. Couple in inconsistency on defense and a grueling SEC schedule, and it's easy to understand how Kentucky has plummeted so quickly.

Villanova remained at the top of the poll again for the third consecutive week, receiving 63 of a possible 65 first place votes. The Wildcats (18-1) notched a pair of road victories over Georgetown and UConn by a combined 52 points, and are the only one-loss team in the Big East.

Followed by Villanova and Virginia in the top spots this week are Purdue, Duke and Kansas rounding out the new top 5 after last week's No. 4 Oklahoma hit a skid and lost twice to unranked foes on the road.

AP Top 25 poll

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 21, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

RANK

SCHOOL

RECORD

POINTS

PREVIOUS

1.

Villanova (63)

18-1

1,623

1

2.

Virginia (1)

18-1

1,537

2

3.

Purdue (1)

19-2

1,499

3

4.

Duke

17-2

1,439

5

5.

Kansas

16-3

1,338

10

6.

Michigan State

17-3

1,243

9

7.

West Virginia

16-3

1,217

6

8.

Xavier

18-3

1,180

11

9.

Cincinnati

17-2

1,087

12

10.

North Carolina

16-4

1,014

15

11.

Arizona

16-4

974

14

12.

Oklahoma

14-4

917

4

13.

Ohio State

17-4

787

22

14.

Texas Tech

15-4

763

8

15.

Gonzaga

17-4

610

13

16.

Saint Mary's

19-2

571

--

17.

Wichita State

15-4

547

7

18.

Clemson

16-3

474

20

19.

Auburn

17-2

470

17

20.

Florida

14-5

366

--

21.

Arizona State

15-4

353

16

22.

Tennessee

13-5

260

21

23.

Nevada

18-3

190

--

24.

Rhode Island

15-3

189

--

25.

Michigan 

17-5

123

23

Others receiving votes: Miami 83, Louisville 81, TCU 45, Kentucky 38, Kansas State 35, Seton Hall 25, Creighton 20, Florida State 14, Houston 5, New Mexico State 4, Providence 2, Boise State 2.

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