UConn Maintains No. 1 Spot in NCAA Men’s College Basketball Poll Amidst Poll Shake-up

STORRS, Conn. – The AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll released on Monday revealed that the top five teams remained unchanged. The defending national champion UConn Huskies held onto their number one spot, followed by Purdue, North Carolina, Houston, and Tennessee.

While the top five remained steady, the rest of the poll experienced a significant shakeup, with 10 teams moving at least five positions up or down. UConn solidified their position as the top team by securing four additional first-place votes after a dominant victory over Xavier.

UConn coach Danny Hurley credited their success to the team’s resilience and growth. He mentioned how last January’s challenging period helped them overcome any fear of losing, allowing them to approach games with a fearless attitude.

Purdue maintained their second-place ranking after their star player Zach Edey showcased his skills with a strong performance against Rutgers. Edey also became just the sixth player in the Big Ten Conference to reach the milestone of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

The North Carolina Tar Heels continued their impressive winning streak, recording their tenth straight victory with wins over Wake Forest and Florida State. Meanwhile, the Houston Cougars held onto their number four spot after defeating BYU and Kansas State.

Beyond the top five, there were notable movements in the poll. Wisconsin climbed seven places to claim the sixth spot, their highest ranking since December 2020. Duke also made a significant jump, moving up five spots to secure the seventh position.

Iowa State emerged as one of the big movers in the poll, vaulting 11 spots to claim the twelfth rank. Their victories over Kansas State and Kansas propelled them into the top 25. Creighton, Illinois, and Texas Tech followed, all rising in the rankings.

Auburn tumbled eight places to number sixteen following back-to-back losses against Alabama and Mississippi State. Utah State and Baylor rounded out the top 20, while New Mexico climbed six positions to claim the nineteenth rank.

The poll also witnessed the return of Alabama and TCU, both teams reentering the top 25 after previously falling out. On the other hand, Memphis and Colorado State dropped out of the rankings after suffering defeats to unranked opponents.

It is worth noting that South Carolina made a significant impact, receiving the most votes among teams outside the top 25. Their victories over Kentucky and Missouri propelled them to improved overall record of 17-3.

The basketball landscape remains competitive with schools from the Big East, Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, and SEC making up the top ranks. The Big 12 continues to dominate the rankings, boasting eight teams among the top 25.