LEXINGTON – The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team is the top team in the land according to the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Wildcats landed at No. 1 in both major polls released Monday.
The Wildcats picked up 59 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 and 28 of the 31 first-place votes in the Coaches’ Poll.
For the fifth time in John Calipari’s seven seasons at Kentucky the Wildcats have appeared at No. 1 at some point during the season in both major polls.
UK is 63-5 as the AP No. 1 team in the country since Calipari’s first year at the helm, the best record in the country by a top-ranked team during that span. Calipari is 104-10 all-time as head coach of the AP’s top-ranked team.
The Wildcats own an all-time record of 215-28 (.885) at No. 1 in the AP Top 25, including victories in 60 of their last 63 contests as the AP’s top team.
With 114 weeks atop the AP Top 25, UK trails only UCLA (134) and Duke (127) for most weeks at No. 1.
Kentucky was ranked No. 1 the entire season in 2014-15. The Wildcats shared the top spot with North Carolina in the Coaches’ Poll to begin this season before falling to No. 2 last week.
Kentucky was hosting Boston at Rupp Arena on Tuesday night. Results from the Kentucky-Boston men’s basketball game were unavailable at press time.