UConn was ranked 18th in the preseason AP Writers’ Poll, which came out Thursday, one slot ahead of where the Huskies ranked in the USA Today/Coaches poll last week.
The Huskies, who open the season against Maryland at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next Friday, were again one of three American Athletic Conference teams to be ranked. Louisville was No. 3, and Memphis No. 13. Cincinnati was in the “others receiving votes” category, getting one 25th-place vote.
The “new” Big East has one ranked team, Marquette at No. 17, though Creighton, Villanova, Georgetown and St. John’s received votes. An indication that the AAC is strong, but top-heavy, and the new Big East, like the old, is good top to bottom.
In any event, UConn will start the season in the Top 20 in both polls, not a bad jumping off point.