Updated: April 9, 2014, 10:42 AM ET

ESPN.com Power Rankings: April 9


The UConn Huskies cut down the nets at AT&T Stadium, making them the undisputed No. 1 team.

The Huskies made the biggest climb, from No. 23 in our final regular-season poll all the way to the top, but they aren't the only newcomers, as a few teams' surprise postseasons (see: Dayton, Tennessee and Stanford) earned them some respect.

No more basketball means no more power rankings, so take a good, long look at our final poll of the season.

Voters: Eamonn Brennan (ESPN.com), C.L. Brown (ESPN), John Gasaway (ESPN Insider), Jeff Goodman (ESPN Insider), Seth Greenberg (ESPN analyst), Andy Katz (ESPN.com), Myron Medcalf (ESPN.com), Dari Nowkhah (ESPN), Dana O'Neil (ESPN.com).

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1 Connecticut32-8
Connecticut held its final three opponents -- Michigan State, Florida and Kentucky -- to under 60 points and shot 88 percent from the free throw line in the NCAA tournament as the Huskies captured an improbable national championship. Shabazz Napier was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player as he book-ended his career with titles as a freshman and senior.
2 Kentucky29-11
With five freshmen in the starting lineup, Kentucky's run to the national championship game might have been more improbable than UConn's. The Wildcats have won 18 NCAA tournament games since John Calipari took over. The most pressing question in Lexington is how much of this year's team will remain?
3 Florida36-3
After four consecutive Elite Eight exits, Florida broke through to the Final Four for its first trip since 2007. The Gators came up short against UConn, however, as the Huskies handed them two of their three losses this season. Next season will be a rebuilding, or reloading, season for Billy Donovan, depending on your perspective.
4 Wisconsin30-8
The slimmest of margins separated Wisconsin and Kentucky in their Final Four matchup. Bo Ryan finally broke through in reaching the Final Four, and the Badgers' 30 wins were tied for second-most all time in school history. With most of this season's key contributors returning, UW will be an early favorite for a return trip.
5 Arizona33-5
Perhaps no team outside of Lexington has as many NBA draft early-entry decisions to keep track of as Arizona. The Wildcats could return a core of Nick Johnson, Kaleb Tarczewski, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley in 2014-15, and paired with a highly ranked recruiting class would be a Pac-12 favorite once again.
6 Michigan28-9
Michigan came up just short of a return trip to the Final Four. The Wolverines have won 59 games over the past two seasons, best in school history. Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III have to decide whether to return to Ann Arbor or leave for the NBA, but John Beilein has proven his program can weather defections of star players to the professional ranks.
7 Michigan St29-9
The nagging question of "what could have been?" will haunt Tom Izzo, especially as much of this season's core will soon depart. Injuries took their toll on the Spartans all season, and with seniors Adreian Payne and Keith Appling moving on and Garry Harris and Branden Dawson possibly following them out the door, it will be a rebuilding effort in East Lansing in 2014-15.
8 Wichita St35-1
That Wichita State got a bad draw from the selection committee isn't really in question after Kentucky's run to the national championship game, but it shouldn't diminish the history the Shockers made with their 35-1 finish.
9 Virginia30-7
Virginia completed an ACC championship double, earned a No. 1 seed and reached its first Sweet 16 since 1995. The Cavaliers' 30 wins is tied for the best in school history. Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell depart, but a talented sophomore class led by Malcolm Brogdon should keep UVa in contention in the ACC.
9 Louisville31-6
Rick Pitino lost in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 12 tries as Louisville's repeat run ended at the hands of Kentucky. Seniors Russ Smith and Luke Hancock will depart, with sophomore Montrezl Harrell likely to follow. The Cardinals have the No. 4-rated recruiting class coming in next season as they transition to life in the ACC.
11 Iowa State28-8
Georges Niang's injury during the NCAA tournament was a cruel blow, but Iowa State can consider this season a success after the Cyclones captured their second Big 12 tournament championship and recorded a school-record nine wins against AP Top 25 opponents.
12 San Diego St31-5
Not many outside San Diego would have expected 31 wins from the Aztecs during a season that included a 20-game winning streak and culminated with a Sweet 16 appearance. Xavier Thames was an honorable mention to the All-America team after leading the Aztecs in points, assists, steals and minutes.
13 Villanova29-5
Villanova thrived in the new Big East, shaking off a couple of subpar seasons to win 29 games and earn a No. 2 seed. The Wildcats lost to UConn in the third round, but four starters return next season.
14 Kansas25-10
A 10th straight Big 12 title reinforced Kansas' dominance within the league, but a back injury to freshmen center Joel Embiid hurt the Jayhawks' chances of a deep tournament run. Andrew Wiggins has already declared for the NBA draft; will Embiid follow suit?
15 UCLA28-9
Beating Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game and advancing to the Sweet 16 is a good return for first-year coach Steve Alford. With Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine already off to the NBA, and Jordan Adams possibly following suit, the Bruins might have significant holes to fill next season.
16 Baylor26-12
Baylor spent much of January and February on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble, but a late-season push saw the Bears advance to the Big 12 championship game and the Sweet 16, where they lost to Wisconsin.
17 Duke26-9
Duke was on the wrong side of the tournament's biggest upset, as No. 14 seed Mercer shocked the Blue Devils in the second round. Mike Krzyzewski has arguably his best recruiting class coming in next season, including the No. 1 and No. 4 overall recruits in Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, respectively.
18 Tennessee24-13
Tennessee was another bubble team that proved its worth, as the Vols advanced from the First Four to the Sweet 16 before falling to Michigan.
19 Dayton26-11
Dayton was the darling of this year's tournament, as the Flyers upended Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford before falling to top overall No. 1 seed Florida in the Elite Eight.
20 Syracuse28-6
What a strange season it was for Syracuse. The Orange won their first 25 games but lost six of their last nine, bowing out of the tourney to Dayton. Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis and senior leading scorer C.J. Fair will depart, and sophomore Jerami Grant might join them.
21 North Carolina24-10
North Carolina narrowly avoided an 0-4 start to ACC play in early January before rallying to finish 13-5 in the league, earning a No. 6 seed. The Tar Heels will be buoyed heading into next season by the return of Marcus Paige, as well as the third-ranked recruiting class.
22 Creighton27-8
Doug McDermott didn't get the Big East championship trophy and deep tourney run he was hoping for, but his climb up the NCAA's all-time scoring charts was one of the season's best storylines. He finished with 3,150 career points, good for fifth all time.
23 Cincinnati27-7
Cincinnati went toe-to-toe with Louisville in the American Athletic, and Sean Kilpatrick turned in an All-American season, joining fellow AAC guards Russ Smith and Shabazz Napier on the first team.
24 Stanford23-13
Stanford helped the Pac-12's strong showing in the NCAA tournament, as the Cardinal upset New Mexico and Kansas to give the league four teams in the Sweet 16.
25 Oregon24-10
Another contender for the award for strangest season: The Ducks rallied from a 3-8 Pac-12 record, winning eight of their last nine games to enter the tournament as a No. 7 seed and fell to Wisconsin in the third round.

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