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Monday afternoon basketball roundup

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As  always during basketball season, this Monday is a busy one with new rankings coming out and weekly awards being distributed. Let's get to the news:


  • With the men's team clinching the outright Southeastern Conference title this weekend, it's only fitting that Kentucky should dominate this week's awards. That's exactly how it turned out as Anthony Davis earned Player of the Week honors and his roommate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the Freshman of the Week. Davis had a pair of double-doubles this week, averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2 steals. Kidd-Gilchrist was solid as well, scoring 26 points and grabbing 18 rebounds total this week.
  • The honors didn't stop there for Davis, as he was named the National Player of the Week by Davis is also one of four nominees for the Capital One Impact Performance of the Week. Vote for him here.
  • Bria Goss of the women's team was also recognized, taking home SEC Freshman of the Week honors. UK played three games this week in clinching the SEC title and Goss averaged 11.3 points.
  • With those three wins, UK Hoops moved back into the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25. Entering this week's SEC Tournament, the Wildcats will be ranked No. 10. UK opens play in the tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. against the winner of a game between ninth-seeded Florida and No. 8 seed Auburn in Nashville. The game will be televised on FSN.
  • On the men's side, there are no changes to report in UK's ranking. The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 for the sixth-consecutive week in both polls, receiving all 31 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and 63 of 65 in the AP Top 25. The six-week run atop both polls ties Syracuse as the longest such stretch this season.
  • For the first time this season, UK is the No. 1 overall seed in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology for Lunardi has Kentucky heading to Louisville for second and third round games and Atlanta for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. Other teams of note in UK's bracket are North Carolina (No. 2), Baylor (No. 3), Louisville (No. 4), Wichita State (No. 5), Murray State (No. 6), Purdue (No. 8) and Kansas State (No. 9). The top overall seed likely has something to do with UK's new RPI. Kentucky rose to No. 2 from No. 4 this week with wins over Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

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