Huskies Score a First
in Pre-Season Rankings
November 15, 1999
The pre-season belongs to the UConn basketball teams - and not just because both the men's and women's hoopsters were declared the top teams in the nation when the first Associated Press and CNN/USA Today rankings of the 1999-2000 year were announced November 8 - the first time that double has occurred since rankings began.
No, it also belongs to the Huskies because:
Of course, a lot can happen in a very short time. As the Advance went to press, the men were just taking the floor at Madison Square Garden to play Iowa, a big, tough, though unranked team that almost elbowed their way past the Huskies in last year's NCAA tournament. And, Friday (November 12), they were set to play either Duke, undoubtedly still feeling (UConn) blue about their championship game loss to the Huskies, or Stanford - both top 10 teams in many early season polls.
But, for most of last week at least, the chants of "We're Number 1" could ring out confidently from the top of the cuppola on the Wilbur Cross Building and anywhere else in UConn Territory.