DETROIT – Sitting out a long layover in Detroit as I make my way home from Seattle …
We knew the loss to Stanford would cost UConn in the rankings, though they did bounce back against Washington. It cost them five spots, to No. 15, in both the AP writers’ and USA Today/coaches’ polls, which came out Monday afternoon.
Seems about right. Wichita State, Baylor, Oregon, Florida and Iowa State are among the teams ahead of the Huskies this week. No change at the top: Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State.
The AAC still has three ranked teams, with Louisville up to No. 6 in AP, No. 4 in USA Today, and Memphis No. 17 in both. SMU picked up a vote in AP. The complete rankings can be found here.
Shabazz Napier, though he had that rough finish against Stanford, made the AAC’s honor roll this week, on the bases of his 20 points against Washington. Cincy’s Justin Jackson was Player of the Week,
Took stock of where the Huskies are as we head into the holiday. At 10-1, there’s not a whole lot of fault to find … but this is UConn country. As Napier said, “we have some things to edge out. That story is here.
Have a happy, safe holiday. I’ll be talking to you on the other side, probably from UConn’s interviews on Friday.