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

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

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