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No. 25 Kentucky loses their third game in the last two weeks.


At this point, we have no choice but to accept the fact that No. 25 Kentucky is what it is: a mediocre basketball team.

That’s the biggest point that we can take away from their 84-65 loss to No. 1 Florida in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon. That’s what happens when a team that lost to Arkansas and South Carolina last week before fending off Alabama at home gets smacked around by a team they were supposed to contend for a league title with.

Think about it like this: Kentucky got run off the floor in the first half by the Gators, finding themselves down double-digits early in the first half and behind 49-28 at halftime. It was a beat down, but the Wildcats regrouped, putting together a 15-0 to cut the Gator lead to 53-47 with more than 12 minutes left.

RELATED: See where Kentucky is in our latest bracket projection

The overwhelming reaction to that surge?

“Hey, at least Kentucky showed that they have some fight left.”

That’s a team that we think can turn things around and make a run to the Final Four?

This Kentucky team looks more and more like the 2012 UConn team every day. The Huskies had a roster that included Shabazz Napier, Jeremy Lamb, Roscoe Smith, Alex Oriakhi and Andre Drummond that season and finished below .500 in the Big East before losing in the opening round of the NCAA tournament despite being ranked No. 1 in the preseason. All that talent never clicked.

And despite all the talent on Kentucky’s roster, I’m having a hard time believing that they are ever going to put it all together.

I’ve seen quite a bit of chatter about how a No. 1 or No. 2 seed won’t want to get stuck with Kentucky as a No. 7 or No. 8 seed in their bracket.

If you’re giving me a choice between Kentucky and, say, Saint Louis or SMU, I want to play Kentucky.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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AP Poll: Syracuse, Xavier big winners in college basketball rankings

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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.

The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.

[MORE RANKINGS: NBCSports.com top 25 | Coaches Poll]

It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.

Anyway, here is the full poll:

1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
4. Kansas
5. Iowa State
6. Oklahoma
7. Duke
8. Villanova
9. North Carolina
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Xavier
13. Gonzaga
14. Syracuse
15. Oregon
16. Vanderbilt
17. Cincinnati
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona
20. West Virginia
21. Miami
22. SMU
23. Providence
24. Louisville
25. Baylor

NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville

DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State