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Once No. 1, reeling Kentucky is now unranked

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By GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's group of heralded freshmen are no longer among the nation's elite.

The young Wildcats, who began the year the top-ranked team in the nation amid a buzz of possibly even going unbeaten, have fallen out of the Top 25.

They have lost three of their last four games, including Saturday's 84-65 loss at No. 1 Florida. Kentucky (22-9, 12-6 Southeastern Conference) struggled offensively and the Gators shot 60 percent from the field, a reflection of the Wildcats' struggles down the stretch.

Kentucky's freefall has a familiar feel to it.

Last spring the Wildcats lost four of their final five games, including a first-round NIT upset at Robert Morris. That collapse followed Nerlens Noel's season-ending knee injury; coach John Calipari blames this downward spiral on his team's inability to execute.

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