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UConn men’s basketball rises to No. 4 in AP Poll

The Huskies received two first-place votes.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn men’s basketball moved up one spot in this week’s AP Top 25 poll after taking down No. 15 Texas and Manhattan last week. The Huskies are now ranked No. 4 after spending the past two weeks ranked No. 5 and received two first-place votes, the most of any school outside of No. 1 Purdue.

Dan Hurley’s Huskies are one of 11 teams that remain undefeated in this week’s poll, and are joined by Big East counterparts Marquette (No. 3), Creighton (No. 15) and Villanova (No. 18). The Golden Eagles moved up one spot of their own after taking down now-No. 5 Kansas, who UConn will play this week, by double-digits last week in the Maui Invitational.

With the AP Poll now set, a top-five matchup is guaranteed for when UConn heads to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the Jayhawks. The two teams have not met since the second round of the 2016 NCAA tournament, where KU ended the Huskies’ season in Des Moines, Iowa with a 73-61 win.

KenPom seems to be in agreement with the AP Poll, with the site pegging both UConn and Kansas as two of the top five teams in the country. The Huskies are ranked third overall on KenPom, with the Jayhawks ranked fifth. UConn remains one of just a handful of teams in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency, joining Houston, Purdue and Arizona.

Outside of Kansas, future opponents North Carolina and Gonzaga remain ranked, with UNC dropping three spots following a loss to Villanova to now sit at No. 17 while Gonzaga held steady at No. 11.