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Basketball rankings, SEC weekly awards announced

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For the third consecutive week, the John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats checked in at No. 2 behind unbeaten Syracuse according to both major polls. UK received four of 65 first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25, while Syracuse is a unanimous No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll for the first time. The Wildcats also moved up one spot to No. 9 in the latest RPI rankings and held on to a No. 1 seed in ESPN's Bracketology.

Anthony Davis was a key cog in UK's two wins from last week that moved the Wildcats to 17-1 on the season with a perfect 3-0 mark to start Southeastern Conference play. He averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, 2.5 steals and two assists in a pair of road wins against Auburn and Tennessee, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the third time for his efforts.

Joining Davis in earning a weekly award this week was UK Hoops' A'dia Mathies (Player of the Week). The junior guard averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals in a pair of wins over ranked opponents this week. Included in those averages was a career-best 34-point performance in a home upset of No. 6/7 Tennessee. Mathies bested her previous career high of 32 points on the game-winning basket with less than five seconds left.

UK Hoops currently sits atop the SEC standings with its first-ever 5-0 start in conference play and deservedly moved up in this week's AP poll to No. 6

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