Previous Kentucky teams that took a big AP fall

Update: It is apparently the biggest poll drop by a team since it expanded to 25.

Kentucky dropped from No. 8 to completely out of the AP Top 25 after losses to Notre Dame and Baylor last week. This is just the seventh Kentucky team to be ranked in the Top 10 one week, then fall out of the poll the next.

A note: In the early 1960s, the poll consisted of just 10 teams. It did not expand to a Top 20 until the 1968-69 season. It became a Top 25 with the 1989-90 season.

Here are the previous six UK teams:

  • The 1962-63 team dropped from No. 9 out of poll in the second week and then from No. 6 out of poll in the sixth week. An 80-77 loss to Virginia Tech in the season opener caused the first drop. An 86-85 overtime loss to Georgia Tech caused the drop the second time. That team finished 16-9.
  • The 1964-65 team dropped from No. 8 out of the poll in the third week after a 91-86 loss to Illinois dropped the Cats to 4-2. That team finished 15-10.
  • The 1966-67 team dropped from No. 4 out of the poll in the third week. A 78-75 loss to Florida left UK with a 2-3 record. That team finished 13-13.
  • The 1972-73 team dropped from No. 8 out of the poll in the second week after Joe B. Hall’s team started 1-4. The Cats finished 20-8 that year, losing to Indiana in the Elite Eight.
  • The 1973-74 team dropped from No. 10 out of poll in second week. That Kentucky team started the year 1-3 and finished 13-13.
  • The 1986-87 team dropped from No. 9 out of the poll in the seventh week. UK was 8-4 at the time and finished up 18-11.
ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan writes on the Lexington plummet.


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