There is a toughness about No. 25 Connecticut, and it was evident in its first game as a ranked team under coach Dan Hurley. Playing its second game without leading scorer James Bouknight (elbow), the Huskies struggled to make shots or claim rebounds on Jan. 11 at Big East rival DePaul. UConn aims for its fifth straight win on Monday when it hosts St. John's in another Big East contest in Storrs.
Connecticut scored the final eight points and improved to 12-1 against the Blue Demons (1-4, 0-4) despite some shaky free throw shooting down the stretch. Cole and Tyler Polley each had 12 points for the Huskies. Cole hit a 3-pointer to start the game-ending run, and UConn came out on top despite shooting 5 of 18 from beyond the arc.
Gonzaga and Baylor split most of the first-place votes in the preseason AP Top 25, but the Zags have become the clear-cut No. after stringing together a series of routs. Gonzaga (12-0) has wins over No.