For the first time since the 2016-17 season, UConn men’s basketball received votes in the AP Preseason Top 25 poll, garnering six in total.
The Huskies received the 37th-most votes, which puts them slightly above where KenPom’s ranked preseason rankings had them, which was at No. 43 overall.
UConn last received AP votes in Week 3 of the 2019-20 season, when they got two shortly after beating then-No. 15 Florida. The Gators swiftly fell out of the AP Top 25 following their loss to the Huskies.
UConn was one of five Big East schools to earn votes this preseason, alongside No. 3 Villanova, No. 11 Creighton, Providence, and Seton Hall. UConn was also ranked No. 4 in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll.
The Huskies have the most appearances at the No. 1 spot in conference history, with 29, and the 4th-most in total, with 344.
Yeah but @UConnMBB is the only team in the @BIGEAST with over 20 all-time appearances in the AP Poll at #1:— tcf15 (@tcf_15) August 20, 2020
UConn - 29
Villanova - 19
DePaul - 15
Georgetown - 12
St. John's - 8
Seton Hall - 6
Marquette - 3 https://t.co/875gvfuwcE
This season begins a renaissance for UConn in the Big East conference after a seven-season hiatus in the American Athletic Conference. They have the No. 23 recruiting class in the nation for this upcoming season, after securing the likes of Andre Jackson, Adama Sanogo, and Javonte Brown.
Following a positive COVID-19 test last week, the Huskies have yet to return to action as they comply with safety protcols. Their first game is reported to be on Nov. 25 against Central Connecticut State University, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.