UConn No. 1 for 1st time since ’09; Zags fall

Jan 15, 2024, 01:25 PM ET

Connecticut has actually followed last year’s run to the NCAA championship with its very first No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press guys’s college basketball survey in almost 15 years, while Gonzaga has actually fallen out of the AP Top 25 for the very first time in eight years.The Huskies relocated to the top of Monday’s latest poll after a turbulent and upset-filled week across the sport, that included 5 new teams jumping into the poll. UConn claimed 39 of 63 first-place votes to climb three areas and change Purdue at the top after the Boilermakers ‘loss at Nebraska dropped them to No. 2. Team Record 1. UConn(39 )15-2 2.

Purdue(20 )15-2 3
. Kansas (3 ) 14-2
4. North Carolina (1)13-3 5. Houston 14-2
6. Tennessee 12-4 7. Duke 13-3
8. Kentucky 12-3 9. Baylor 14-2 10

. Memphis 15-2 11. Wisconsin
13-3 12. Arizona 12-4 13. Auburn 14-2 14. Illinois 12-4 15

. Oklahoma 13-3 16. Utah
State 16-1 17 . Marquette 11-5

18. Creighton 13-4
19. TCU 13-3 20. BYU 13-3 21. Dayton 13-2
22. Ole Miss 15-1 23 . Florida Atlantic 13-4 24. Iowa State 13-3
25. Texas Tech 14-2 This marks the very first time UConn has hit No. 1 in the AP Top 25 since investing 4 weeks there in the second half of the 2008-09 season, which ended with

the Huskies reaching the Final Four. “Some people do not desire
the target,” coach Dan Hurley

stated last week about the potential
of reaching No. 1.”I
believe we welcome the target

at UConn.”Purdue declared 20 first-place votes, followed by Kansas– the survey’s only team to remain in place from last week– holding three first-place votes despite a loss at UCF.There was likewise North Carolina’s three-spot dive to No. 4 after beating competing North Carolina State for its 3rd Atlantic Coast Conference roadway win in as lots of tries and burning out Syracuse in the house. UNC even got a first-place vote.ZAGS FALL Gonzaga fell out from No. 23 after a loss at Santa Clara, marking the very first time Mark Few’s club has actually been unranked considering that the final 2 months of the

2015-16 season.That ended a stretch of 143 consecutive weeks in the poll, with 39 of those coming at No. 1– especially with that wire-to-wire run in the 2020-21 season that ended with Gonzaga suffering its only loss in the NCAA title game to Baylor.CHAOTIC The past week

developed into a trap-filled slate for the AP Top 25 groups. 8 of the top 10 teams lost a minimum of when, with No. 5 Houston losing 2 games by a combined five points for

its first setbacks of the year.But with 15 ranked groups losing recently, that insulated some groups from falling as much with everybody around them also stumbling. That ultimately suggested the Cougars dropped just 3 areas to No. 5, while Purdue, No. 6 Tennessee and No. 8 Kentucky fell just one or two spots after their own losses to unranked teams.THE TOP TIER Duke rose 4 spots to No. 7 to go back to the leading 10 after starting the year at No. 2, followed by the Wildcats, No. 9 Baylor and No. 10 Memphis.RISING AND MOVING 10 teams moved up in this week’s survey, with the Bears’ dive of five spots marking the biggest of the week. No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 16 Utah State and No. 18 Creighton signed up with heaven Devils with four-spot jumps.Oklahoma and Marquette had the week’s biggest tumble, each falling 6 spots. The 15th-ranked Sooners fell after road losses to TCU and Kansas, while the 17th-ranked Golden Eagles lost at home to Butler.No. 12 Arizona and No. 14 Illinois each fell four areas, while an overall of nine groups moved from recently’s poll.WELCOME AND SO LONG No. 19 TCU made the most significant launching to lead the week’s five newcomers
to the survey after wins versus Oklahoma and Houston.No. 21 Dayton, No. 22 Mississippi, No. 24 Iowa State and No. 25 Texas Tech were the other additions, with all but the Rebels making their first look for this season.Colorado State( No. 17 ), San Diego State(

No. 19), Clemson(No. 21)and Texas( No. 25) signed up with the Zags in falling out of the poll.CONFERENCE WATCH The Huge 12 represented nearly a 3rd of this Leading 25 with a national-best 8 teams.The SEC was next with four teams, followed by the Big Ten and Big East with 3, the Atlantic Coast and American Athletic conferences with two, and one each for the Pac-12, Atlantic-10 and Mountain West.

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