UConn, Notre Dame still top 2
Connecticut stayed No. 1 in The Associated Press poll Monday after three more wins last week.
UConn improved to 33-0 after routing Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. The Huskies have won 39 consecutive games dating to last season, the third-longest streak in school history. Connecticut will play the No. 3 Cardinals on Monday night for the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament title.
Notre Dame remains No. 2 after finishing an undefeated regular season and winning the ACC tournament.
Tennessee and West Virginia move up to fourth and fifth. It's the Mountaineers' best ranking. They face No. 7 Baylor for the Big 12 title Monday night.
Stanford lost in the Pac-12 semifinals and dropped to sixth. South Carolina, Duke and Kentucky round out the top 10. Bowling Green entered the poll at No. 25, the school's first ranking since 2009.
While many are looking ahead to the possibility of Notre Dame and UConn meeting for the national championship in a matchup of unbeatens, don't count Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw among them. She said there's no way her team will look too far ahead.
"I don't think they'll put us against each other in the first round," McGraw deadpanned, "so I think we'll be pretty focused on our opponent -- whoever that turns out to be."
The Mountaineers were ranked sixth for four weeks in 2010-11.
"I am proud of the way this team has fought all season," West Virginia coach Mike Carey said. "I told them earlier this season, respect is earned, and I feel like this ranking shows we are earning some respect with where we are now."
Bowling Green got its first ranking since 2009, entering the poll at No. 25 this week. The Falcons are 27-3 and in the semifinals of the MAC tournament. Bowling Green was ranked for 13 weeks in 2006-07, reaching as high as 16th.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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