Struggling Kentucky falls out of the Top 25

Kentucky, a week after sliding from No. 3 to No. 8, fell completely out of The Associated Press' college basketball poll Monday, becoming the biggest single-week drop from the rankings since they were expanded to 25 teams in 1990.

It was also the first time since John Calipari became coach for the 2009-10 season that Kentucky's name didn't appear in the Top 25. Indiana, Duke and Michigan remained the top three teams.

Kentucky (4-3) lost to Notre Dame and Baylor last week, the latter a loss that snapped the Wildcats' 55-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation. Kentucky had been ranked in the last 61 polls, 11 of those weeks at No. 1.

The run started with the preseason poll of 2009-10, the start of the Calipari era when the Wildcats started young lineups which were usually gutted the next season by the NBA draft. The Wildcats won Kentucky's eighth national championship in April then had six players taken in the draft including Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the first two picks.

Is it time to panic yet, Cats fans, or are these just growing pains?

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