NCAA Basketball Rankings: UCLA Still Doesn't Crack Top 25

The Bruins are tied for first place in the Pac-10 conference.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: UCLA Ranked 28th In Associated Press Poll

The latest NCAA basketball rankings are out, and the UCLA Bruins are making their way closer to the top 25. A sweep of the Arizona schools this weekend gave the Bruins a share of first place in the Pac-10. As a result, UCLA has moved up in the college basketball rankings, 28th in the AP poll, up from a tied for 33rd last week.

This is their highest ranking of the season, surpassing their previous high of 29th in the AP poll on February 14. Here is the full AP top 25:

  1. Ohio State (45 first place votes)
  2. Kansas (14)
  3. BYU (5)
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Duke (1)
  6. Purdue
  7. Texas
  8. Notre Dame
  9. San Diego State
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Louisville
  12. Syracuse
  13. North Carolina
  14. Florida
  15. St. John's
  16. Connecticut
  17. Georgetown
  18. Arizona
  19. Villanova
  20. Kentucky
  21. Vanderbilt
  22. Missouri
  23. Xavier
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Utah State

The Arizona Wildcats, after getting swept by USC and UCLA last weekend, dropped from 10th last week to 18th this week, the only conference team in the top 25. No other Pac-10 team received votes in the poll.

For more UCLA hoops news and information, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: UCLA Ranked 28th In ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

The new college basketball rankings are out, and the UCLA Bruins are still on the outside looking in at the top 25 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, as they have been all season. The Bruins are 21-8, and tied with the Arizona Wildcats for the Pac-10 conference lead. Last week, UCLA was ranked 29th in the coaches poll, so they only moved up one spot despite two blowout wins, including one over conference co-leading Arizona.

Here is the full ESPN/USA Today coaches poll top 25:

  1. Ohio State Kansas (17 first place votes)
  2. Kansas (14)
  3. BYU
  4. Duke
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Purdue
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Texas
  9. San Diego State
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Louisville
  12. Syracuse
  13. North Carolina
  14. Florida
  15. St. John's
  16. Connecticut
  17. Georgetown
  18. Arizona
  19. Villanova
  20. Vanderbilt
  21. Utah State
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Kentucky
  24. Missouri
  25. George Mason

The Arizona Wildcats are the only other Pac-10 team in the top 25, ranked 18th, down from 10th last week after getting swept in Los Angeles. No other team in the conference received any votes. The Washington Huskies fell from 29th last week after their loss to Washington State last night. The Bruins travel to face the Washington schools this week to close out their regular season.

For more UCLA hoops news and information, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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NCAA Basketball Rankings: UCLA Poised To Rejoin Top 25

The UCLA Bruins had a fantastic weekend, with two blowout wins against the Arizona schools, and are now tied for first place in the Pac-10 with two games left in the regular season. The Bruins closed out the soon-to-be-renovated Pauley Pavilion in style, with John Wooden's great grandson Tyler Trapani scoring the final points. After those two wins, UCLA is poised to rejoin the top 25 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today college basketball polls for the first time all season.

UCLA was ranked 29th in last week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, but only had five points compared to 73 points for the 25th ranked team, Xavier. However, given the impressive nature of the Bruins' two wins, and the performance of the teams directly ahead of UCLA in the poll, the Bruins could easily rejoin the top 25.

Last week's coaches poll:

  • 20) Syracuse (won twice)
  • 21) Missouri (1-1; lost at Kansas State)
  • 22) Kentucky (1-1; lost at Arkansas)
  • 23) Utah State (won twice)
  • 24) Temple (1-1; lost to No. 1 Duke)
  • 25) St. John's (won twice)
  • 26) George Mason (won twice)
  • 27) Xavier (won twice)
  • 28) Washington (lost to Washington State)
  • 29) UCLA (2-0; beat No. 10 Arizona)

With four teams ahead of them losing, the Bruins just might move up the four spots they need to rejoin the top 25. For more UCLA hoops news, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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