LSU basketball made a statement with a victory against then-No. 5 Kentucky last week, and the AP Top 25 voters took notice.
The Tigers jumped six spots in the poll to No. 13, it’s highest ranking of the season. The leap represents the largest of any team in the poll this week.
The ranking serves as the first time LSU has reached the AP top 15 in nearly a decade. The last time voters put the Tigers in the Top 15 came on March 2, 2009.
LSU will debut its new ranking in a home game against Florida on Wednesday a few days before before taking on Tennessee, who dropped from the nation’s top spot to No. 5 after an 86-69 loss to the Wildcats in Rupp Arena on Saturday night.
As a result of its win against the Volunteers, Kentucky actually moved up a spot in the rankings despite its loss to LSU earlier in the week.
Auburn (21) and Mississippi State (2) and Ole Miss (1) also received votes in the poll but did not breach the Top 25.