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Monday, December 05, 2016

UConn moves into No. 1 spot in AP poll; Collier honored by AAC

UConn coach Geno Auriemma wondered out loud about the rarity of his team going on the road as a lower ranked team and facing the No. 1 team in the country in a hostile environment.

He'll have to wait to see that happen again. It does figure to be a raucous crowd waiting for UConn on Wednesday but the Huskies will head into the game ranked first. Notre Dame, previously ranked first, dropped a spot to No. 2.

"It is going to be fun these next couple of days preparing," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "That is still one of my favorite things to do is prepare for a really good team especially on the road. Those two days leading up to the game are a lot of fun, sometimes it can be more fun than the actual game. I am looking forward to seeing how we, as a team, look in these next two days. I think they will be excited."

For the sake of full disclosure, I voted UConn behind South Carolina and Notre Dame since the preseason. However, with South Carolina's loss to Duke I had a decision to make. I looked at the fact that UConn has beaten four ranked teams already while Notre Dame has played just one ranked squad this season.

UConn received 18-first-place votes and finished with 809 points while Notre Dame had15 first-place votes and had 807 points.

Also, UConn sophomore forward Napheesa Collier was named the American Athletic Conference's player of the week.

Collier averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 3 steals and 1.7 blocked shots per game in wins over Chattanooga, DePaul and Texas.

Collier was 30 of 39 from the field in the three games and is shooting 66.7 percent this season. Collier is second on the Huskies in scoring averaging 19 points per game and leads the team in rebounding (7.1 per game and blocked shots (13).

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