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Latest rankings set stage for historic UK-Louisville game

The Dream Game just got dreamier.

When Kentucky meets Louisville on Sunday in Rupp Arena, it will mark the highest combined rankings of the two teams in the history of the rivalry, which dates back to 1913.

The news became official Monday with the release of the Associated Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Kentucky checked in at No. 3 in both polls with Louisville right behind the Cats at No. 4. UK is receiving four first-place votes in the AP Top 25 while Louisville is garnering two.

The rivalry has featured its fair share of classics over the years, but in terms of pregame rankings, nothing has matched this year’s game. The closest the combined rankings have come heading into the game took place when UK entered the matchup at No.2 and Louisville was ranked No. 6. UK won that game, the 1983-84 season opener, 65-44.

Kentucky currently boasts an 11-1 record and Louisville is 12-0, but both teams still have a game remaining before the epic New Year’s Eve battle. UK plays Lamar on Wednesday at the same time U of L hosts No. 12 Georgetown. Regardless of those outcomes, Kentucky and Louisville will still be No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on Sunday.

As for the rest of this week’s rankings, check below. Syracuse continues to hold on to the top spot in both polls, followed by Ohio State.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Syracuse (54) 13-0 1,611
2 Ohio State (5) 12-1 1,507
3 Kentucky (4) 11-1 1,480
4 Louisville (2) 12-0 1,386
5 North Carolina 11-2 1,366
6 Baylor 12-0 1,299
7 Duke 10-1 1,281
8 Missouri 12-0 1,149
9 Connecticut 10-1 1,143
10 Florida 10-2 1,050
11 Wisconsin 11-2 898
12 Georgetown 10-1 851
13 Indiana 12-0 820
14 Marquette 11-1 775
15 Mississippi State 12-1 718
16 Michigan State 11-2 613
17 Kansas 8-3 548
18 Michigan 10-2 504
19 UNLV 13-2 473
20 Murray State 13-0 342
21 Creighton 10-1 254
22 Pittsburgh 11-2 238
23 Virginia 10-1 214
24 Harvard 10-1 121
25 San Diego State 11-2 119

 

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Syracuse (30) 13-0 774
2 Ohio State (1) 12-1 719
3 Kentucky 11-1 702
4 Louisville 12-0 674
5 Duke 10-1 639
6 North Carolina 11-2 623
7 Baylor 12-0 587
8 Missouri 12-0 574
9 Connecticut 10-1 538
10 Florida 10-2 501
11 Wisconsin 11-2 434
12 Georgetown 10-1 400
13 Marquette 11-1 359
14 Mississippi State 12-1 347
15 Indiana 12-0 337
16 Michigan 10-2 290
17 Michigan State 11-2 270
18 Kansas 8-3 250
19 Creighton 10-1 193
20 UNLV 13-2 179
21 Murray State 13-0 169
22 Pittsburgh 11-2 159
23 Harvard 10-1 92
24 Virginia 10-1 48
25 Kansas State 10-1 45