AP Poll: Auburn earns first top 10 ranking since 2000

In News by Blake Lovell

Three SEC teams earned a spot in the new Associated Press poll, but one in particular captured a very noteworthy ranking.

After another 2-0 week in SEC play, Auburn moved up three spots to No. 8 in the poll, which is the first time the Tigers have been ranked inside the top 10 since 2000.

Bruce Pearl’s squad will try to keep its momentum going this week at home against Texas A&M and on the road at Georgia.

Meanwhile, Tennessee jumped up to No. 15 after two blowout wins, with the Vols set to face one of their toughest challenges of the season on Tuesday when they visit Lexington to take on Kentucky.

Speaking of the Wildcats, they remained in the top 25 at No. 24 despite losing at Missouri this past Saturday.

Alabama (8) and Florida (3) were the only other SEC teams to receive votes in this week’s poll.

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Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.