The Huskies were also No. 19 in the USA Today coaches poll too with a 23-6 record and games against Rutgers and at Louisville pending.
|AP Top 25|
|2||Wichita State (14)||31-0||1,555|
|10||San Diego State||25-3||995|
The Huskies' win on Saturday wasn't the only movement for the Huskies. Guard Shabazz Napier was the Player of the Week for the fifth time this year after leading the Huskies to a 2-0 week. Napier is one of the three top contenders for American Player of the Year. Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick and Louisville's Russ Smith are the other two candidates. Kilpatrick seemed to be the leader until the Bearcats have hit a skid the last two weeks in its second time through the American schedule.
The Huskies have two games this week and have a chance to stay out of the 4/5 game in the AAC tournament, but needs help. UConn is 23-6, 11-5 in conference and is a game behind SMU in the standings and has lost the tiebreak losing twice to the Mustangs this year.
The caliber of competition between the 3 seed and 4/5 game is large with a big dropoff from the Top 5 teams -- all ranked -- and the bottom 5 teams in the AAC. The No. 3 seed plays No. 6 seed, right now 15-14 Houston, while the 4/5 will pit NCAA caliber teams. Houston has risen to mediocrity though, so it could be fighting for a postseason NIT or other tournament berth when it heads to Memphis for the AAC tournament.
SMU has a rough stretch this week with Louisville then Memphis. Memphis, also 11-5 in conference, has Cincinnati on tap as well.
UConn has a tiebreaker advantage over Memphis, loses a tiebreaker with SMU. There's also three-way and four-way scenarios that will come into play depending on how the week works out. In that event, the tiebreaking teams have aggregate record head-to-head.
For the Huskies, wins over Rutgers and Louisville would be critical for its seeding. The most plausible scenario for the Huskies to catapult into the three seed is for SMU to lose two games, and UConn win two games for the No. 3 seed.