UConn was again short of the Top 25 in AP, but were a little closer. With 35 points, they were three back in “others receiving votes” this week. Last week they had 41 points, but were further back.
Eleven ranked teams lost a game last week, and six new teams cracked the writers’ poll this week, including Cincinnati of the American Athletic Conference. Memphis, Louisville and Cincy are 17, 18 and 19, respectively. Arizona, Syracuse, Wisconsin remain up top.
UConn was further down, nine schools down the list in the USA Today/Coaches poll, receiving eight points.
One would imagine the Huskies could play their way right back into the Top 25 with wins this week against Memphis and Louisville.
Some NCAA rankings: UConn is fourth in blocks with 115, third in blocks per game with 7.2. The Huskies are ninth in free throw percentage (76.4) and ninth in three-point shooting (41.4). Among 345 teams, UConn is 119th in scoring (74.9), 43rd in scoring defense (64.6). They are 23rd in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 38.5 percent.
Shabazz Napier is 24th in assists per game, Amida Brimah 24th in blocks per game. Both got weekly honors from the league this week.
The NCAA’s most recent RPI ranking had UConn at No. 33, before the win over UCF. ESPN bracket analyst Joe Lunardi has them at 26th on Monday.
If you’re up for making the trip to Memphis for the AAC Tournament, tickets are now available. The league announced. You can go though the Memphis ticket office, or the ticket offices of member schools. The nine-game packages go for $175. You can also go to the American’s website for ticket info here.
This just in: Shabazz Napier’s game-winning shot agianst Florida on Dec. 2 has been nominated for the Geico Play of the Year Award. You can register your vote here.