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LANE | Cats Have Biggest Drop in Both Polls

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky fell eight spots to 19th in the latest A.P. men's college basketball poll and dropped 11 places to 21st in the USA Today Coaches Poll after Saturday's 82-77 defeat at North Carolina.  The Wildcats are 8-3 with a game Saturday at Belmont.  John Calipari says he's been down this road before.

"I've been through this with teams," said Calipari.  "I was through this in 2011.  We had a talented team and we just couldn't win close games and we lost every road game and we went to a Final Four, should have won the National Title.  Can this tam do it?  If they change.  That team came around.  That team really became a good team.  We were the best team in 2011 at the end.  Connecticut had the best player, could go for 50." 

"This is not a good team.  That is the difference.  This has got to become a good team and we're gonna keep working on it and hopefully you'll see progress."    

Louisville remained number 6 in the AP poll and 4th in the coaches poll after beating Western Kentucky 79-63 Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center.  Rick Pitino said Chris Jones will play in Tuesday's 9:00 pm game against 8-1 Missouri State.  The Junior-College transfer missed Saturday's game with a sprained right wrist.

"Yea, he's gonna play," said Pitino.  "He practiced this morning.  He seems great, no ill effects from it."

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 15, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
                                                Record      Pts  Prv
  1.  Arizona  (63)                    11-0    1,623      1
  2.  Syracuse  (2)                    10-0    1,528      2
  3.  Ohio  St.                            10-0    1,464      3
  4.  Wisconsin                          12-0    1,381      4
  5.  Michigan  St.                      8-1    1,297      5
  6.  Louisville                          9-1    1,264      6
  7.  Oklahoma  St.                      9-1    1,165      7
  8.  Duke                                      7-2    1,053      8
  8.  Villanova                          10-0    1,053    10
10.  UConn                                    9-0    1,035      9
11.  Wichita  St.                      10-0        923    12
12.  Baylor                                  8-1        898    14
13.  Oregon                                  9-0        834    15
14.  North  Carolina                  7-2        792    18
15.  Memphis                                7-1        755    16
16.  Florida                                7-2        699    19
17.  Iowa  St.                              8-0        698    17
18.  Kansas                                  7-3        482    13
19.  Kentucky                              8-3        414    11
20.  Colorado                            10-1        405    21
21.  Gonzaga                              10-1        376    20
22.  UMass                                    9-0        351    22
23.  Missouri                            10-0        222    24
24.  San  Diego  St.                    7-1        176    25
25.  Iowa                                    10-2          72    23
   Others receiving votes: UCLA 69, Pittsburgh 66, Saint Mary's (Cal) 11, George Washington 5, Harvard 4, Oklahoma 4, Michigan 3, Toledo 3.

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