UConn has made it back into the rankings, and in a pretty big way. After beating South Florida and Cincinnati last week, the Huskies reappeared at No. 19 in the AP writers’ Top 25.
The Huskies were No. 18 at the start of the season, rose to No. 9 in early December, then fell and dropped out for several weeks. Back in the ranking for three weeks, they dropped out again after losing to Southern Methodist at home on Feb. 23.
They were 26th last week, the first team in “others receiving votes,” but the win over Cincinnati, ranked 11th at the time, was enough to vault UConn seven spots as Ohio State and Texas dropped out.
Florida, a team UConn defeated on Dec. 2, is still No. 1. Amercian Athletic Conference teams Louisville (No. 11), Cincinnati (No. 15), SMU (No. 18) and Memphis (No. 20) remain with UConn in the AP rankings.
In the all-important, or at least more important Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the Huskies moved up a little to No. 26 in the updated rankings released by the NCAA. This probably translates to a No. 6 of 7 seed in the tournament. Needless to say, a win at Louisville this week would boost the Huskies’ postseason stock considerably.