The Louisville Cardinals moved into the No 1. spot in both national polls Monday afternoon and won at Connecticut Monday night, though they need to rally in the second half to claim a 73-58 victory.
UConn built a 34-28 edge at halftime behind 53.8-percent shooting from the floor, but the Cardinals turned the tables on the Huskies and shot 60.7 percent from the field after intermission.
Louisville’s No. 1 showing marks the 65th time a BIG EAST team has been No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.
The two-game Tuesday schedule includes Notre Dame versus St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. Both teams want to bounce back from home defeats last Saturday. The Irish fell to UConn 65-58 and the Red Storm lost 67-51 to Georgetown.
After winning 66-58 at Rutgers on Saturday, Cincinnati stays in its road uniforms at DePaul. The Blue Demons have been off since last Tuesday’s 99-78 loss at Connecticut.
The BIG EAST remains the No. 2-rated conference in Monday’s RPI Report update. The league’s Division I nonconference record of 177-60 (.746) is the best of any of the 32 conferences. The BIG EAST now has 14 teams listed among the top 100 in the NCAA RPI, while every team in the league stands at least two games above .500 this year.