UConn back at No. 1 ahead of NCAA Tournament


UConn is back in the top spot of the Associated Press Top 25 released Monday, but more important for the Huskies is being No. 1 when the final poll comes out next month.

UConn (31-3) earned 61 first-place votes after winning the Big East tournament championship and securing the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. UConn was No. 1 for six weeks spanning January and February.

Houston (30-4) fell to No. 2 after getting routed in the Big 12 title game. The Cougars earned one first-place vote.

Purdue (29-4), Iowa State (27-7) and North Carolina (27-7) round out the top five. The Cyclones jumped three spots on the strength of that 69-41 win over Houston on Saturday to win the Big 12 tournament. The Cyclones, a No. 2 seed entering the NCAA Tournament, are at No. 4 for the first time since December 2015.

Tennessee (24-8), Auburn (27-7), Marquette (25-9), Arizona (25-9) and Illinois (26-8) round out the top 10.

Saint Mary’s (26-7) was the week’s biggest riser, jumping six spots to No. 15 after winning the West Coast Conference tournament last week.

No. 23 Wisconsin and No. 24 San Diego State rejoined the poll this week, supplanting Nevada and Dayton.

The rest of the Top 25: 11. Creighton 12. Kentucky 13. Duke 14. Baylor 15. Saint Mary’s 16. South Carolina 17. Kansas 18. Gonzaga 19. Alabama 20. Utah State 21. BYU 22. Texas Tech 23. Wisconsin 24. San Diego State 25. Washington State