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UConn women’s basketball moves up to No. 1 in AP Poll; Top seed in NCAA bracket reveal

The Huskies are in the top spot for the first time this season.

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UConn women’s basketball is the No. 1 team in the country, according to the latest AP Poll. The Huskies take over the top spot after defeating then-No. 1 South Carolina last Monday and taking care of business in their subsequent games against Seton Hall and Georgetown.

UConn received 26 of 30 first-place votes with the Gamecocks picking up two while Texas A&M and Stanford both got one as well. South Carolina fell to No. 2 while Louisville, NC State, and Texas A&M round out the top five.

This is the first time the Huskies have been No. 1 this year, marking this the ninth straight season they’ve been atop the AP Poll at some point. They’ve only failed to do this five times in the last 27 seasons.

Though Geno Auriemma and his team have larger aims than being No. 1 for a week in the regular season, he did take some time to appreciate the accomplishment.

“Maybe this is one of those times when we should compliment ourselves a little bit,” he said. “There wouldn’t be anything wrong with that.”

“I mean, don’t get me wrong, we’re not going to put up a banner saying we’re number one,” he quipped.

Considering UConn doesn’t have any major challengers left on its schedule, the Huskies are most likely holding on to the top spot through the end of the season. Given their performance in two games against DePaul this year, the Huskies should hold on to No. 1 through the Big East Tournament and into the big dance.

UConn top overall seed in bracket reveal

On Monday night, the NCAA revealed its top 16 seeds for the NCAA Tournament as if the season ended on Sunday. UConn came in at the No. 1 overall seed with South Carolina, Stanford and Louisville as the other three 1-seeds.

It also put together an initial bracket based off the top 16 seeds that would see UConn in the same bracket as Tennessee, potentially setting the stage for an NCAA Tournament rematch.