Bad Week for U of L Drops Cards Below UK in AP Poll
I would imagine UK fans were always a little irritated with Louisville's Associated Press College Basketball Poll ranking being so much higher seeing as how the 'Cats have a head-to-head win over the Cards.
First of all, until last week, Louisville only had three losses, all to good teams (UK among them, obviously.) Secondly, they had been on a 10-game winning streak, which featured a road victory at Duke--something upon which the AP voters always look kindly.
But now, Louisville and Kentucky have the same number--five--in the loss column. And Louisville's two losses last week are to teams (Georgia Tech, Clemson) that likely will be left out of the NCAA Tournament next month. Actually, Georgia Tech is playing under a self-imposed post-season ban, so we KNOW the Yellowjackets won't be there.
What's more, in those two losses, the Cardinals were never really in either game. They never led against Georgia Tech and found themselves down 21 in the second half against Clemson, who ended up winning by 15.
Meanwhile, Kentucky had two come-from-behind wins last week (over Vanderbilt and Ole Miss), bringing the Wildcats' record to 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the SEC, where they now lead the league all by themselves, breaking a tie with Auburn and LSU, who both lost this weekend.
Both sets of circumstances led, respectively, to a six-point drop to #11 for Louisville and a two-point rise to #10 for UK.
And that feels right. Both have five losses, but Kentucky has a win over the cards and a road triumph over Texas Tech, a team that also beat Louisville.
But things could change as quickly as this week with Kentucky going on the road to face LSU, a team tied for second place with Auburn in the SEC standings, and hosting Florida this Saturday.
Arguably, Louisville is looking at an easier week with both 14-11 Syracuse and 10-15 North Carolina (how weird is THAT to see?) both coming to the KFC Yum! Center.