Not surprisingly, UConn lost a measure of national relevance with its loss at home to SMU on Sunday.
The usual Monday stuff … The Huskies were left out of the AP Top 25, where they’d been in-again, out-again during the year. They got back in three weeks ago, and were 21st last week. But after winning at Temple, and losing at home, they garnered 81 points and were, in effect, 26th, in “others receiving votes” this week.
SMU vaulted back in at No. 23, joining Louisville (No. 7), Cincinnati (No. 11) and Memphis (No.21) from the AAC. Florida, which was beaten by UConn on Dec. 2, is ranked No. 1 this week.
Similar story in the USA Today/Coaches poll. UConn, No. 21 last week, dropped out and was also unofficial 26th, with 47 points.
Now, for the m ore important Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI. UConn (21-6) dropped from No. 25 to 30, not terrible. The Huskies are still in solid position to make the tournament, probably as a sixth or seventh seed, unless they knock off Cincinnati or Louisville in these final weeks to move up.
They arrive in Tampa on Tuesday to play South Florida on Wednesday. The Huskies blew them out badly, 83-40, at the XL Center a couple of weeks ago. The Bulls are in the midst of an 8-day layoff; they lost 80-54 in their last game, against Louisville, on Feb. 19. Still no Anthony Collins, who has been out most of the season with knee problems, for USF. The Huskies have to worry about Victor Rudd had 27 points, 10 rebounds against Louisville in that loss.
Montrezl Harrel l of Louisville was the AAC player of the week. Shabazz Napier made honor roll for the eighth time; he had 32 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in two games last week. Usual names – Shaq Goodwin, Nic Moore, Sean Kilpatrick, Victor Rudd on the honor roll.