John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats Reach the Top of the B/R Top 25

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John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats Reach the Top of the B/R Top 25
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And then there was one.

Kentucky, as the only remaining undefeated team, has ascended to the top of the rankings.

The Wildcats weren't the unanimous No. 1 team, but 20 of the 21 voters in this week's Bleacher Report Top 25 ranked John Calipari's club first.

While Kentucky is the only undefeated team, there is a small case to not vote Big Blue Nation first. Overall, the Wildcats don't have as many strong wins as Kansas, Syracuse, and Villanova, who trail Kentucky in the poll.

Texas still holds down a top five spot in the poll despite losing twice during the past week. Voters ranked the Longhorns as high as third, but some dropped UT all the way down to 10th.

The Big East continued its strong showing the polls as Syracuse and Villanova landed in the top five, while Georgetown and West Virginia made their way back into the top 10. Pittsburgh isn't too far behind despite losing twice this week, as Jamie Dixon's Panthers still finished 15th in the voting.

If you're a Bleacher Report member and interested in voting in the Bleacher Report Top 25 poll, email Jameson Fleming at jamesonfleming@gmail.com to receive a ballot.

 

Ranking, Team (record through Sunday), votes (first place votes), ranking last week

1. Kentucky (19-0) 523 (20) Last Week: 2

2. Kansas (18-1) 491 Last Week: 3

3. Syracuse (19-1) 481 (1) Last Week: 4

4. Villanova (18-1) 473 Last Week: 5

5. Texas (17-2) 430 Last Week: 1

6. Michigan State (17-3) 412 Last Week: 7

7. Duke (16-3) 385 Last Week: 6

8. West Virginia (15-3) 369 Last Week: 11

9. Georgetown (15-3) 345 Last Week: 12

10. Purdue (16-3) 315 Last Week: 13

11. Kansas State (16-3) 301 Last Week: 9

12. Brigham Young (20-1) 295 Last Week: 15

13. Gonzaga (16-3) 284 Last Week: 14

14. Tennessee (15-3) 281 Last Week: 8

15. Pittsburgh (15-4) 236 Last Week: 10

16. Wisconsin (16-4) 204 Last Week: 16

17. Temple (17-3) 203 Last Week: 18

18. Mississippi (15-4) 156 Last Week: 20

19. Georgia Tech (14-5) 94 Last Week: 19

20. Connecticut (13-6) 93 Last Week: 25

21. New Mexico (18-3) 86 Last Week: 22

22. Clemson (15-5) 85 Last Week: 17

23. Butler (16-4) 59 Last Week: Not Ranked

24. Ohio State (14-6) 58 Last Week: 21

25. Vanderbilt (15-3) 57 Last Week: Not Ranked

Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa 41, Baylor 28, Florida State 21, Wake Forest 18, Xavier 16, Mississippi State 15, UAB 10, Texas A&M 4, UNLV 4, Cornell 3, Saint Mary's 2, Missouri 2, Virginia 1

Participants: Jameson Fleming, Jesse Kramer, Carl Stine, Kevin Lindsey, Drew Gatewood, Derek Pivko, Mike Miller, Nick Rall, Brad Frank, Chris Diluccio, Paul Swaney, Eric Adams, Dan Karell, Chris Golighty, Tyler Stimson, Patrick Goodpaster, Paul Seaver, Brandon Bohning, Dr. Anthony Huff, Michael Bazzy, Michael Jee

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