SEC High 5 In A.P. Poll, Auburn Falls To No. 2, Kentucky’s TyTy Washington Leg Likely OK

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Even when the SEC loses, it wins.

No. 1 Auburn fell to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll released Monday after an overtime, 80-76 loss at Arkansas on Tuesday.

So, Arkansas reached the poll at No. 23 despite a 68-67 loss Saturday at Alabama, which made the poll at No. 25, giving the SEC five ranked teams as Kentucky remained in, jumping from No. 5 to No. 4 as did Tennesssee, rising from No. 19 to No. 16.

Alabama’s win over Arkansas now gives the Tide six victories over ranked teams this season with the first five victims No. 3 Gonzaga on Dec. 4, No. 4 Baylor on Jan. 29, No. 13 LSU on Jan. 19, No. 14 Houston on Dec. 11 and No. 14 Tennessee on Dec. 29. Alabama’s ranked losses are to Auburn when it was No. 1 and No. 4 and to No. 5 Kentucky.

Kentucky defeated Florida 78-57 on Saturday and lost point guard TyTy Washington to a lower leg injury following a collision with 12:50 to play. Washington did not return after scoring 10 points with a game-high six assists and five rebounds, but the injury does not appear serious.

“It’ll probably be day-to-day,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

Washington previously missed time with a lower leg injury. He is averaging 12.9 pionts and 4.0 assists a game.

In other games Saturday, Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 73-64, and Auburn routed Texas A&M, 75-58 behind a triple-double by center Walker Kessler.

Gonzaga (21-2) jumped from No. 2 in the poll to replace Auburn after the Bulldogs beat Pacific 89-51 on Thursday and won 74-58 on Saturday over No. 22 St. Mary’s, which fell out of the poll.

Arizona (22-2) is at No. 3.

No. 4 Kentucky (21-4, 10-2) will play at No. 16 Tennessee (18-6, 9-3) at 9 p.m. eastern Tuesday on ESPN to highlight this week’s SEC action.

Purdue (22-4) is ranked No. 5, followed by No. 6 Kansas (20-4), No. 7 Baylor (21-4), No. 8 Providence (21-2), No. 9 Duke (21-4) and No. 10 Villanova (19-6).

The second 10 had No. 11 Texas Tech, No. 12 Illinois, No. 13 UCLA, No. 14 Houston, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 16 Tennessee, No. 17 USC, No. 18 Ohio State, No. 19 Michigan State and No. 20 Texas. Murray State was at No. 21 with Wyoming at No. 22, No. 23 Arkansas, No. 24 Connecticutt and No. 25 Alabama.

SEC Tuesday Games (all times eastern)

South Carolina (14-10, 5-7) at Ole Miss (12-13, 3-9), 7 p.m., ESPNU

Florida (16-9, 6-6) at Texas A&M (15-10, 4-8), 7 p.m., ESPNU

No. 4 Kentucky (21-4, 10-2) at No. 16 Tennessee (18-6, 9-3), 9 p.m., ESPN

No. 23 Arkansas (19-6, 8-4) at Missouri (10-14, 4-7), 9 p.m. SEC Network

SEC Wednesday Games

Georgia (6-19, 1-11) at LSU (18-7, 6-6), 7 p.m., SEC Network

Mississippi State (14-10, 5-6) at No. 25 Alabama (16-9, 6-6), 7 p.m., ESPN2

Vanderbilt (13-11, 5-7) at No. 2 Auburn (23-2, 11-1), 9 p.m., SEC Network

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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