BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU made a major move in the polls after going on the road last week and beating No. 5 Kentucky and Georgia.
The Tigers (21-4, 11-1) have been rewarded with a No. 13 ranking in this week’s AP Top 25, up from No. 19.
Tremont Waters and the Tigers made the biggest jump of any team in the top 25 this week,
“You could see it growing as the year got closer and closer and Wayde [Sims] passing obviously just gave us that extra boost to our hunger and I feel like now, we’re just living it out," said Waters.
However, blue blood Kentucky is still getting most of the attention after the Wildcats rebounded from their home court loss to the Tigers on Tuesday and knocked off No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday. That win for John Calipari and his Cats overshadowed LSU’s dramatic last-second tip-in for the win at Rupp Arena.
Waters said the Tigers are staying humble and focusing on Florida at home Wednesday night. Head coach Will Wade said they have to earn it.
“That’s what we’re striving to be, is what they’ve been for a long, long time," Wade explained. "And so, we’ve got a lot of work to do and it’s like I said earlier today, we’re not going to get the benefit of the doubt on anything and we haven’t earned the benefit of the doubt on anything. So, we’ve got to keep plugging along and keep working as hard as we can work and try to break that stuff down.”
Kentucky is now the highest AP-ranked SEC team at No. 4, followed by Tennessee at No. 5.
USA Today Top 25: LSU No. 15 (up from No. 21)
SEC: Kentucky (4), Tennessee (5)
Andy Katz’s Power 36: LSU No. 11 (up from No. 18)
SEC: Kentucky (4), Tennessee (5), Ole Miss (34)
This week, the Tigers host Florida on Wednesday at the PMAC, before the Tennessee Vols come to Baton Rouge for a huge SEC showdown Saturday.