The Huskies made it back into the AP Top 25 this week, checking back in at No. 22 in the writers’ voting. UConn began the season at No. 19 and rose to No. 9 after the win over Florida, but then tumbled out of the rankings after losing to Stanford, Houston and SMU.
But they have been rising in recent weeks, winning six of seven, and their resounding win over Houston put them back in. The road gets tougher, at Cincinnati on Thursday night. The Bearcats are ranked seventh now, with Louisville and Memphis remaining in the Top 25 from the American and SMU on the cusp.
The USA Today/Coaches poll did not have the love for UConn this week. The Huskies got 47 points, two schools back of the Top 25. Memphis fell out of the rankings there, but polled 58 points.
More important than the rankings, for NCAA resume purposes, the Huskies picked up five spots in the RPI rankings released by the NCAA and are now 33rd. The Huskies dropped nine places last week, despite wins over AAC bottom-halfers Temple and Rutgers. The win over Houston, couple with some other successes by teams on UConn’s schedule – Indiana beat Michigan, for instance – helped this week. UConn is 7-3 against Top 100 teams. Maryland, Washington, Boston University are helping out there.
Here’s the RPI rankings.
No surprise, Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick was the AAC’s player of the week. He had a monster game at Louisville, and another solid game vs. South Florida.
UConn’s Shabazz Napier, who has been player of the week three times, made the weekly “honor roll” for the seventh time. He had 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists vs. Houston. More on that here,