/College basketball rankings: UConn remains at No. 26 in Top 25 And 1 after storming back to down Marquette
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College basketball rankings: UConn remains at No. 26 in Top 25 And 1 after storming back to down Marquette

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UConn was down 18 points with fewer than 16 minutes to play Tuesday night on the road against a Marquette team that owns victories over Wisconsin and Creighton. The Huskies’ win probability had dipped below 4%, and their two-game winning streak seemed all but snapped.

But then Tyler Polley got going changed the game completely.

The senior forward, who entered averaging just 4.8 points per contest, scored 23 points in the second half to lead UConn to an incredible comeback that resulted in a 65-54 victory over Steve Wojciechowski’s Golden Eagles. Polley had scored zero points in two of UConn’s previous four games. But, in this one, he sank five of the eight 3-pointers he attempted and was the biggest reason the Huskies outscored Marquette 40-11 in the final 15:12.

“Tyler’s as good a guy as you’ll ever coach,” UConn coach Dan Hurley told reporters afterward, according to the New Haven Register. “I don’t think he has a bad bone in his body. It couldn’t happen to a better guy.”

The win means UConn is now 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big East heading into Saturday’s game at Butler. It also suggests one of the biggest brands in the sport, a program that’s won three of the past 16 NCAA Tournaments, is good enough in Hurley’s third season to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016. This has been the Huskies’ longest NCAA Tournament drought since the 1980s.

UConn remains No. 26 in Wednesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Huskies’ next scheduled game against a team that’s also currently ranked is Jan. 15 against Villanova.

Wednesday’s Top 25 And 1 rankings

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