UConn men break into Top 25

Connecticut guard R.J. Evans, left, displays the trophy after beating Michigan State in their NCAA men’s basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, on the Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base, in Ramstein, Germany. At right is Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — The aftershocks of UConn’s 66-62 win over Michigan State came over the Atlantic from Germany on Monday with the Huskies entering the Associated Press Top 25.

UConn, a team picked by many to finish in the bottom of the Big East, checked in at No. 23 this week after a stunning upset of Michigan State last Friday.

The Huskies were also the leading vote getter in also receiving votes in the coaches poll. UConn coach Kevin Oille wasn’t aware of the ranking until he was told my writers after practice on Monday.

“We are just going to be UConn. Whatever that is, you can write that, we are going to go out and play with effort,” Ollie said. “I have been saying that from day 1 and am not going to chance. Whatever position we are going to be in that is the position, we can’t control that. we can’t control being in the top 25 and it really doesn’t matter to me. we want to go out and play UConn basketball and play with pride, sacrificing for each other, fastbreak defending and rebounding. That’s what we hang our hats on.”

The Huskies are of course ineligible for postseason play due to a ban for poor Academic Progress. UConn plays Vermont on Tuesday.

Here’s the AP Top 25:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Indiana (46) 1-0 1,598
2 Louisville (18) 1-0 1,572
3 Kentucky (1) 1-0 1,438
4 Ohio State 1-0 1,339
5 Michigan 1-0 1,327
6 North Carolina State 1-0 1,278
7 Kansas 1-0 1,222
8 Syracuse 1-0 1,163
9 Duke 1-0 1,109
10 Florida 1-0 1,007
11 North Carolina 2-0 944
12 Arizona 1-0 882
13 UCLA 1-0 746
14 Missouri 1-0 716
15 Creighton 1-0 678
16 Baylor 2-0 578
17 Memphis 0-0 570
18 UNLV 0-0 538
19 Gonzaga 1-0 437
20 Notre Dame 1-0 343
21 Michigan State 0-1 325
22 Wisconsin 1-0 324
23 Connecticut 1-0 262
24 Cincinnati 1-0 152
25 San Diego State 0-1 128
Others receiving votes: Virginia Commonwealth 75, Murray State 64, Minnesota 58, Pittsburgh 36, Saint Louis 32, Saint Joseph’s 30, Butler 22, Texas 20, Tennessee 18, Marquette 18, Kansas State 12, Miami (FL) 9, Saint Mary’s 8, West Virginia 7, New Mexico 7, Florida State 7, Ohio 6, Alabama 5, Davidson 4, Northern Iowa 4, Stanford 4, Bucknell 1, Georgetown 1, Maryland 1
Dropped from rankings: Marquette 11, Saint Mary’s 24, Florida State 25