If you have listened closely to Geno Auriemma in the past, you already know that he matters little to him – or his team – whether or not the Huskies are ranked No. 1.
His attitude didn’t change Monday when he was asked by UConn’s ascension to the top in the Associated Press poll for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 regular season.
The Huskies had 37 first-place votes Monday while No.2 Baylor got the other three. Duke moved up to third. Stanford is now fourth and Notre Dame is fifth.
“I don’t think it means anything,” Geno Auriemma said. “Maybe it would more significant for other programs. But if you asked any of our upper classmen how they feel, they would say things don’t feel any different than they did on Friday [before the Stanford win]. We didn’t do anything different in practice, nor are we carrying ourselves any differently.”
UConn has now been ranked in the AP Poll for 355 consecutive weeks and is 296-13 when playing as the AP’s No. 1. UConn has also been ranked No. 1 for a record-total of 156 weeks.
Prior to the January 9, 2012 poll, the Huskies had been ranked 1 or 2 every week since the final poll of the 2006-07 season, a span of voting 65 weeks.
UConn has been ranked No. 1 in the final AP Poll ten times in its history (2010-11, 2009-10, 2008-09, 2007-08, 2002-03, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00, 1996-97, 1994-95).
“The only thing that will change is that when we go home everyone will be talking about how the No. 1 team in the nation will be playing at Gampel Pavilion [Saturday against No. 5 Notre Dame],” Auriemma said. “Who knows, maybe there are a couple of fans who were waiting for us to be No. 1 again before coming to a game. Hopefully we will see them on Saturday.”
The game is already a sellout