The Kentucky Wildcats, coached by John Calipari, remain at the top of the new NCAA Division-I men’s basketball rankings. Kentucky posted two road victories in its only two games of the week. To open up the week the Wildcats traveled to Athens, Georgia to take on SEC foe Georgia. Kentucky held the Bulldogs to a season low 44 points while sailing to a 57-44 victory. Senior guard, Darius Miller led all scorers in the game by scoring 19 points off the bench. The only other Wildcat to score in double-figures was forward, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The freshman phenom filled up the stat sheet by posting 14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 blocked shot.
Kentucky again took to the road in its final matchup of the week at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Wildcats cruised to a 74-50 win, while improving its record to 21-1 overall and 7-0 in the SEC. The games leading scorer was again a Wildcat. Sophomore forward, Terrance Jones poured in a season-high 27 points while also posting 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 3 blocked shots. With these two easy victories, the Wildcats were able to stay atop the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Murray State Racers remained perfect this week by posting a commanding victory over the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Murray State scored below its season average for points per game (75.4) in this past Saturday’s game at home against the Panthers. However, the Racers still posted a 15 point victory by winning 73-58 over the Cougars. Senior guard, Donte Poole and junior guard Isaiah Cannan both lead all scorers with 18 points. Murray State won all two of its games this week to remain perfect at 21-0 and 9-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Winners/Losers in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll:
Winner: No. 16 Saint Mary’s (+4 Spots from Last Week)
Winner: No. 20 Wisconsin (+5 Spots from Last Week)
- Last Week: Def No. 17 Indiana 57-50 (1/26)
Loser: No. 8 Kansas (-3 Spots from Last Week)
- Last Week: Def Texas A&M 64-54 (1/23), Lost to Iowa State 72-64 (1/28)
Loser: No. 14 Georgetown (-4 Spots from Last Week)
- Last Week: Lost to Pittsburgh 72-60 (1/28)
Loser: No. 17 San Diego State (-5 Spots from Last Week)
Loser: Connecticut (No. 19 Last Week. Not in Top 25 This Week)
- Last Week: Lost to Notre Dame 50-48 (1/29)
Loser: Kansas State (No. 24 Last Week. Not in Top 25 This Week)
- Last Week: Def Texas Tech 69-47 (1/25), Lost to Oklahoma 63-60 (1/28)
ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll: Week 13
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