College basketball rankings: Kentucky drops in Top 25 And 1 after blowing big lead to Tennessee

Kentucky entered Tuesday’s game against Tennessee with a record of 129-0 when leading by double-digits at halftime under John Calipari. So when UK was up 11 on the unranked Vols after 20 minutes, it was reasonable to assume the Wildcats would, one way or another, win again inside Rupp Arena.

That didn’t happen, though.

Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit with less than 18 minutes remaining and won 81-73 by outscoring Kentucky 50-25 in the final 17:14. So now the Wildcats are 129-1 when leading at the half under Calipari. Their eight-game winning streak that secured an outright SEC title over the weekend is no more.

“The game got physical and we couldn’t compete,” Calipari explained.

The surprising defeat dropped Kentucky to 24-6 and added another Quadrant 2 loss to the resume. So now the Wildcats are 12-5 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities with one loss coming outside of the first two quadrants — specifically a Quadrant 4 loss to an Evansville team that finished 0-18 in the Missouri Valley Conference. As a result, Kentucky dropped four spots at KenPom, seven spots in the NET and five spots in Wednesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings.

UK is now No. 11 in the Top 25 And 1.

The Wildcats close the regular season Saturday at Florida.

Top 25 And 1 rankings

IN: Virginia
OUT: Marquette

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