The Huskies did not break out their foam fingers in the locker room at Stanford Saturday. They did not break into a “We’re No. 1’’ chant either. It was business as usual.
Occupying the No. 1 spot in the national polls in December has absolutely no value to UConn. The only time the Huskies want to be No. 1 is when the final buzzer sounds during the NCAA tournament final.
Never the less, UConn received 37 of 40 first-place votes and ascended to No. 1 in The Associated Press national poll today for the first time since spending the final three weeks there to conclude the 2010-11 season. The Huskies have been ranked No. 1 for a record 156 weeks.
Baylor rose one spot to No. 2, earning the remaining three first-place votes. Duke also moved up one spot to No. 3. Stanford dropped three spots to No. 4 following its dismal performance in a 61-35 loss to UConn at Maples Pavilion Saturday.
Notre Dame remained at No. 5.
“Stanford beat Baylor (Nov.16) and Stanford became No. 1,’’ Auriemma said. “We beat Stanford and now everybody’s going to say we’re No. 1. I think Baylor’s probably sitting at home going, `We’re the real No. 1 and we’re going to prove it every time we play.’ So I don’t think at time this of the year it really matters one way or the other. I didn’t see one player in our locker room jumping up and down saying `We’re No. 1.’ So I don’t think that’s … When they’ve been there so many times for so long, a lot of these guys, it doesn’t faze them I don’t think one bit.’’