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UConn men’s basketball slides to No. 5 in AP Top 25

The Huskies’ loss to Kansas dropped UConn one spot ahead of a top-10 matchup with North Carolina.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn men's basketball dropped one spot in this week’s AP Poll following their first loss of the season Friday night at then-No. 5 Kansas, where the Jayhawks defeated the Huskies 69-65. The loss at Allen Fieldhouse dropped UConn from No. 4 to No. 5 this week, with KU jumping up three spots to No. 2, earning one first-place vote while Arizona took the top spot.

The Huskies join No. 8 Marquette and No. 10 Creighton as Big East teams in this week's poll, while Providence and Villanova received votes. North Carolina, who UConn will play on Tuesday, Dec. 5 as part of the Jimmy V Classic, is ranked No. 9, meaning the Huskies will face a top-10 opponent for a second-straight game.

Gonzaga, who UConn plays on Dec. 15 in Seattle, moved up four spots this week to No. 7.

Despite the loss to Kansas, UConn still ranks No. 4 overall in KenPom, down one spot from before their matchup with the Jayhawks. The Huskies’ defensive efficiency has dropped out of the top 10 to No. 14, but the offense remains one of the best nationally, ranking No. 3 overall.

The NCAA also released their first NET rankings Monday, and the Huskies currently rank No. 9 overall with two Quad 1 games on the horizon with North Carolina and Gonzaga. UConn is one of the three teams in the Big East in the top 10 of the NET rankings, joined by No. 4 Creighton and No. 10 Marquette.