UConn Men Tumble

Consecutive losses to Cincinnati and Tennessee last week almost cost the Connecticut men their spot in the Top 25 national polls.

Perhaps more importantly, UConn fell from No. 4 to No. 17 in the official NCAA men's basketball RPI. That's still a good ranking, but it's a drastic tumble in one week.

The Huskies (14-5 overall) fell from No. 13 to No. 24 in The Associated Press poll released Monday. UConn collected just 203 points, staying ahead of No. 25 Wisconsin (16-5) with 182 points.

Wisconsin was one of two unranked teams to jump into the AP poll this week. Florida State (13-6) is at No. 23 despite the fact the Huskies own a victory over the Seminoles earlier this season. The Seminoles followed up their upset of North Carolina by defeating Maryland and upsetting Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The coaches voting in the ESPN/USA Today poll were a bit kinder to the Huskies, dropping UConn to No. 19 from last week's No. 11 ranking. Kansas State and Wisconsin moved into the coaches' poll, but Florida State was the first team in the list of "others receiving votes."

UConn, awaiting word from the NCAA on the eligibility of freshman guard Ryan Boatright, is idle until Sunday when the Huskies have a rematch with Notre Dame at the XL Center. The Huskies beat the Irish xx-xx at Notre Dame on Jan. xx.

Kentucky moved back to No. 1 in both polls, replacing Syracuse. The Orange was defeated Saturday by Notre Dame 67-58 at South Bend, ending Syracuse's school record 20-0 start to the season. Syracuse remains No. 1 in the NCAA RPI, with Kentucky No 5.

Following Kentucky in the AP poll, in order, were: Missouri, Syracuse, Ohio State, Kansas, Baylor, North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown, and Michigan State. The nation's only undefeated team, Murray State (20-0), is No. 11.

The UConn women (17-2) remain No. 3 in the AP poll this week, trailing No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Notre Dame, the only two teams to defeat the Huskies. The women play next Wednesday night at Syracuse.

Monday evening, UConn announced that Caroline Doty underwent an MRI earlier in the day. It showed the condition of her meniscus and ACL are unchanged. Doty suffered a minor bone bruise in her left knee during warmups Saturday, prior to the game against DePaul, and began experiencing soreness. She will not play against Syracuse on Wednesday but is probable to play against South Florida on Saturday.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was named Big East Conference women's rookie of the week on Monday. It's the sixth time this season she has received that award. KML averaged 16.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in a 3-0 week. She recorded her third 25-point night of the season in Saturday's victory over DePaul.


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