UConn men's basketball team drops nine spots to 15 in AP Top 25 poll

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UConn's Jordan Hawkins, left, winds up to dunk the ball against St. John's AJ Storr, back, and St. John's Joel Soriano, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn's Jordan Hawkins, left, winds up to dunk the ball against St. John's AJ Storr, back, and St. John's Joel Soriano, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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The struggling UConn men's basketball team fell nine spots in the latest AP Top 25 poll, dropping from sixth to 15th on Monday.

The Huskies have lost four of five games, most recently to unranked St. John's Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford. The previous losses came on the road against Xavier, Providence and Maquette. 

UConn (15-4) began the season with 13 wins, all by double-digits. That start fueled the Huskies rise in the national poll, as UConn was No. 2 behind Purdue in consecutive week to end 2022, receiving 21 and 20 first-place votes in each of those polls.

The Huskies fell to fourth after their first loss and were sixth last week.

"This isn't a one-off," coach Dan Hurley after the St. John's loss . "We played badly at Providence. Creighton, we played pretty well, but Xavier, Georgetown we didn't play well, Butler we played well in the second half. We're just not playing well right now." 

UConn is at Seton Hall Wednesday night.

Houston is No. 1 in the latest poll, followed by Kansas and Purdue. At No. 8, Xavier is the top Big East school in the poll. Marquette is 20th and Providence is 22nd.