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Men's Basketball: UConn Enters Season Ranked No. 20 in AP Poll

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Polls don't matter, but in the most relevant poll, the Huskies are among the nation's top 20.

Freshman guard Jalen Adams and the Huskies open at No. 20 in the preseason AP poll.
Freshman guard Jalen Adams and the Huskies open at No. 20 in the preseason AP poll.
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The first AP poll of the season is out, and UConn is tabbed to be one of the nation's top teams.

After last year's disappointing season, the Huskies check in at No. 20 in the initial preseason poll. UConn is the lone representative from the American Athletic Conference, as SMU was 27th in voting. Cincinnati also received votes out of the American. The Huskies are the only New England rep, which is never a surprise, but Providence, Rhode Island and Yale all received votes.

No. 20 is a reasonable spot for the Huskies. Last year was a tough one for UConn, and many people are concerned about what the team will look like without Ryan Boatright. The Huskies begin the regular season Nov. 13. They opened exhibition play with an 88-72 win over Tampa Sunday.

UConn's resident voter, Dave Borges, the Huskies' beat writer for the New Haven Register, had the Huskies up at No. 13.

Other notable voters:

  • Dana O'Neil (ESPN): 23
  • Dick Vitale (ESPN): 15
  • Jon Rothstein (CBS): 18
  • Seth Davis (CBS-Sports Illustrated): 15

The full poll is posted below.

2015-16 AP Preseason Poll

RANK TEAM (FIRST) POINTS
1

North Carolina Tar Heels (35)

1566
2

Kentucky Wildcats (10)

1520
3

Maryland Terrapins (14)

1487
4

Kansas

Kansas Jayhawks (5)

1410
5

Duke Blue Devils

1350
6

Virginia

Virginia Cavaliers (1)

1347
7

Iowa State

Iowa State Cyclones

1185
8

Oklahoma Sooners

1088
9

Gonzaga

Gonzaga Bulldogs

1047
10

Wichita State

Wichita State Shockers

1032
11

Villanova

Villanova Wildcats

1013
12

Arizona

Arizona Wildcats

917
13

Michigan State Spartans

838
14

Cal

California Golden Bears

757
15

Indiana

Indiana Hoosiers

755
16

Utah

Utah Utes

499
17

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Badgers

433
18

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Commodores

393
19

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

360
20

Connecticut Huskies

307
21

LSU

LSU Tigers

268
22

Baylor Bears

265
23

Purdue

Purdue Boilermakers

236
24

Butler

Butler Bulldogs

223
25

Michigan

Michigan Wolverines

126
Others Receiving Votes: Oregon (0-0) 116; SMU (0-0) 112; West Virginia (0-0) 84; Texas A&M (0-0) 72; Cincinnati (0-0) 63; Miami (Fla.) (0-0) 48; Louisville (0-0) 46; Georgetown (0-0) 23; NC State (0-0) 19; Florida State (0-0) 18; Texas (0-0) 18; Rhode Island (0-0) 17; Dayton (0-0) 12; Xavier (0-0) 12; Providence (0-0) 10; Iowa (0-0) 6; Brigham Young (0-0) 5; Valparaiso (0-0) 5; Boise State (0-0) 4; Old Dominion (0-0) 3; Oklahoma State (0-0) 2; UCLA (0-0) 2; San Diego State (0-0) 2; Central Michigan (0-0) 1; UC Irvine (0-0) 1; Iona (0-0) 1; Yale (0-0) 1