Kentucky still No. 1 in AP Top 25 after big loss
Kentucky took a big loss off the court and responded with another big win on it.
Now the Wildcats (11-0) finally get a bit of a break.
The Wildcats, still the unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll after getting all 65 first-place votes Monday, are the only 11-win team in NCAA Division I basketball. No other team from a major conference has played more games.
Two days after 6-foot-8 junior forward Alex Poythress tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice, the Wildcats won 84-70 Saturday over North Carolina, which dropped three spots to 24th in the new poll.
''They were excited about playing the game, but I just think they're - thank goodness we have time between games now to get ourselves right,'' Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the game. ''We played a lot of games in a short period of time. So we have a little (time), in two games in two weeks, which gives us some time.''
LOT OF STABILITY: The top seven spots in this week's poll are unchanged, and the same teams occupy the top 14 slots.
Duke (8-0), Arizona (10-0), Louisville (9-0), Wisconsin (10-1), Virginia (9-0) and Villanova (10-0) are second through seventh. Gonzaga and Texas swapped spots from a week ago while Kansas stayed 10th.
Kentucky is the only team to be ranked the same in every poll, from the preseason poll released on Halloween to now.
As for the Wolverines (6-4), things haven't gotten any better since that stunning 72-70 loss to New Jersey Institute of Technology that knocked them out the poll. They have since lost to Eastern Michigan and then 80-53 at No. 3 Arizona on Saturday.
SECond TO MANY: The Southeastern Conference is on top with Kentucky at No. 1, but is nowhere else to be found in the AP poll.
With one, the SEC has as many ranked teams in the poll as the Mountain West, Missouri Valley and West Coast conferences.
The ACC leads all leagues with six ranked teams, topped by Duke, Louisville and Virginia in the top six. The Big 12 has five teams in the poll.
SHORT STAY: Northern Iowa's first poll appearance in five seasons lasted only a week. The Panthers (9-1) won 65-55 at Denver after getting ranked, but then lost 93-87 in double overtime at VCU on Saturday.