Kentucky has been playing its basketball of the season, and the Coaches Poll voters rewarded the effort on Monday by bumping the Wildcats up four spots to No. 13 following another couple couple blowout victories for UK. The Wildcats blasted Missouri in the SEC opener for both teams on Dec. 29 and followed up with an easy 92-48 victory against High Point on Dec. 31.
They are now 11-2 (1-0 SEC) heading into a Tuesday showdown with LSU, which registered as No. 20 in this week’s Coaches Poll. UK’s Coaches Poll ranking is three spots higher than its No. 16 slot in this week’s AP Top 25. Since a 66-62 loss at Notre Dame on Dec. 11, the Wildcats are on a four-game winning streak that has seen them outscore North Carolina, Western Kentucky, Missouri and High Point by an average of 33.75 points.
Other big risers in the first Coaches Poll of 2022 included Villanova climbing seven spots to No. 15 following a 73-67 win at No. 22 Seton Hall. Villanova is four spots higher in the Coaches Poll than in the AP poll this week. Providence rose four spots to No. 17 in this week’s Coaches Poll following Big East wins over Seton Hall and DePaul that improved its record to 13-1.
Others receiving votes: Illinois 37, Connecticut 30, Oklahoma 29, Loyola-Chicago 16, Arkansas 15, Minnesota 14, San Francisco 6, Brigham Young 5, Saint Mary’s 4, Florida 4, West Virginia 2, Florida State 1, Davidson 1.