For the first time in nearly six years, the New Hampshire men’s hockey program is the top team in the country.
The USCHO.com Division 1 Top 20 poll released Monday had the Wildcats at No. 1 following an 11-1-2 start, 8-1-1 in Hockey East.
The last time UNH topped the poll was Jan. 29, 2007. The following weekend featured a split with Maine that knocked the Wildcats out of the top spot.
UNH, unranked to begin the season, swept UMass-Lowell in a home-and-home series last weekend. The Wildcats haven’t lost since an overtime defeat at UMass Nov. 2, and will host No. 7 Boston University (8-5-0, 6-4-0) Thursday night.
The No. 2 spot belongs to Boston College (11-2-0, 7-2-0), which was No. 1 for six consecutive weeks. BC split a home-and-home series with BU this past weekend.
Outside looking in
For the first time since John Calipari became coach at Kentucky, you won’t see the Wildcats in the rankings.
The defending national champions fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll after being ranked No. 3 just two weeks ago, and No. 8 last week.
Indiana, Duke, and Michigan remained the top three teams.
Kentucky (4-3) lost to Notre Dame and Baylor last week, the latter of which snapped a 55-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation.
Kentucky had been ranked in the last 61 polls. The run started with the preseason poll of 2009-10. Duke has the longest current run — 101 weeks, which started with the preseason poll of 2007-08.
Syracuse jumped two spots to No. 4 , and responded Monday with an 84-48 win over Eastern Michigan (5-2). Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points and 11 assists and the Orange took their 26th straight home game.
Syracuse was followed in the poll by Louisville, Florida, Ohio State, Arizona, Kansas, and Gonzaga.
In Monday’s other Top 25 game, No. 17 San Diego State got 18 points and 15 rebounds from Jamaal Franklin in a 74-62 win over visiting Texas Southern.
Calhoun reveals surgery
Former UConn coach Jim Calhoun revealed that he had surgery in May to remove an apparent cancerous growth from his lungs. Calhoun said that doctors removed the growth, concerned it might be related to a previous skin cancer. Calhoun, 70, retired in September . . . UMass coach Derek Kellogg announced that sophomore Cady Lalanne has been suspended for a violation of athletic department policy for his conduct at an on-campus function Saturday night. He will not play Tuesday at Northeastern . . . University of Utah officials will honor the legacy of Rick Majerus by hanging his trademark white sweater from the rafters at the basketball arena where he coached 14 seasons and regularly led the Utes to the NCAA Tournament . . . Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said his son was suspended indefinitely from his job as video coordinator with the team following his third arrest on alcohol-related charges.
UConn still at No. 2
UConn narrowly remained behind No. 1 Stanford in the AP women’s poll, but that didn’t discourage the Huskies Monday against No. 9 Maryland. Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points to lead UConn (7-0) past the Terrapins (4-2) in the Jimmy V Classic in Hartford with a 63-48 win.
The Cardinal received 22 first-place votes, while UConn had 17.
St. John’s, which was 17th last week, lost to Boston University on Saturday and fell from the rankings.