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Women's Basketball: UConn Unanimous No. 1 in Preseason AP Poll

Three straight national championships. Stewart and Jefferson are back for a run at a fourth. Obviously, the Huskies are the favorite to take the title again.

Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson are eyeing a fourth straight national championship.
Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson are eyeing a fourth straight national championship.
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Is this news? Probably not.

The UConn women's basketball team is No. 1 in the preseason AP Poll, which was released Tuesday morning.

This is no surprise to anyone. The Huskies are coming off a 38-1 season and a third straight—10th overall—national championship. Four straight national championships has never happened before, and 11 championships would match UCLA's men's program for the most all time on either side.

As Doug Feinberg pointed out Tuesday morning, the Huskies' dominance is on another level.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes are now in the WNBA, but the Huskies return a loaded squad, led by Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck, who could probably win the national championship three-on-five. They won't have to, because they have Canadian star Kia Nurse, Gabby Williams, No. 1 freshman Katie Lou Samuelson and an incredible supporting cast behind that. UConn also welcomes Georgetown transfer Natalie Butler, who is finally eligible to play.

USF joins UConn in the poll out of the American Athletic Conference, with the Bulls checking in at No. 20. UConn will play USF twice this season (Jan. 10 and Feb. 29), and the Huskies will play six other ranked opponents: No. 6 Ohio State (Nov. 16), Chattanooga (Nov. 30), No. 3 Notre Dame (Dec. 5), No. 7 Florida State (Dec. 11), No. 9 Maryland (Dec. 28) and No. 2 South Carolina (Feb. 8).

Here are the full rankings:

2015-16 AP Preseason Poll

RANK TEAM (FIRST) POINTS
1

UConn Huskies (32)

800
2

South Carolina Gamecocks

758
3

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

714
4

Tennessee Lady Vols

711
5

Baylor Lady Bears

672
6

Ohio State Buckeys

570
7

Florida State Seminoles

551
8

Louisville Cardinals

541
9

Maryland Terrapins

536
10

Oregon State Beavers

518
11

Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs

465
12

Texas Longhorns

459
13

Texas A&M Aggies

397
14

Duke Blue Devils

392
15

Arizona State Sun Devils

347
16

Stanford Cardinal

338
17

Oklahoma Sooners

264
18

Kentucky Wildcats

241
19

Northwestern Wildcats

209
20

USF Bulls

202
21

George Washington Colonials

171
22

North Carolina Tar Heels

94
23

Syracuse Orange

74
24

Michigan State Spartans

61
25

Chattanooga Lady Mocs

60
Others Receiving Votes: Princeton 58, DePaul 45, Florida Gulf Coast 37, Rutgers 34, Iowa 17, California 14, Dayton 13, Arkansas 8, Western Kentucky 6, Vanderbilt 5, West Virginia 4, UCLA 4, Iowa State 4, Missouri 3, Gonzaga 2, Miami (FL) 1