The No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was the top seed in a game that was about more than the score, it was about the team itself.
In a game the first of its kind in Division I men’s college basketball history, No. 3 seed Connecticut beat No. 2 seed Maryland 74-65 on Friday night.
The win puts the Huskies on top of the Atlantic 10, two spots above fourth-place Villanova and six ahead of sixth-place Duke.
The win will set the stage for a possible Final Four run and a trip to the NCAA tournament.
A win against a team ranked lower than the Huskers would give them a better chance to qualify for the event and would also give them the edge they needed to avoid losing a bid.
The Huskies are one of six teams ranked No. 10 or lower.
The others are Wisconsin, Minnesota, Gonzaga and Villanova.
The Huskies’ win also moves them within six points of Villanova for the second straight season.
The victory was the third in a row for the Husky men’s team, which also went 2-0 in conference play.
The team was ranked No, 3 in the AP poll, but lost its second game to No. 15 Kentucky.
The loss was the first loss of coach Brian Kelly’s tenure in Boston.
The Wildcats, who defeated Connecticut in a rematch of last year’s Sweet 16, will face No. 4 seed Georgetown in the second round of the tournament.
They are seeded third.
The loss to the Husks was one of three for the Bulldogs this season, but was the worst of them all.
The Bulldogs lost at Kentucky on Friday and at Connecticut on Saturday.
The Bulldogs are 2-1 against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, including losses to North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Pitt.
They were 1-3 against teams outside of the conference.
The team also lost to a top-10 team in Kentucky.