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NCAA Basketball Rankings: UCLA Inching Closer To Top 25

The latest NCAA basketball rankings are out, and the UCLA Bruins are finally making some noise in the polls. After a pair of wins last week, over both rival USC and their ex-coach Steve Lavin with St. John's, UCLA received votes in the Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time in 11 weeks. The Bruins are in the "others receiving votes" section of the AP poll, collecting five points, and are tied for 37th.

Here is the full AP top 25:

  1. Ohio State (65 first place votes)
  2. Kansas
  3. Texas
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. Duke
  6. San Diego State
  7. BYU
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Villanova
  10. Connecticut
  11. Georgetown
  12. Syracuse
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Purdue
  15. Arizona
  16. Louisville
  17. Florida
  18. Kentucky
  19. Missouri
  20. North Carolina
  21. Utah State
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Vanderbilt
  24. Temple
  25. West Virginia

The Ohio St Buckeyes are undefeated, and are the unanimous top team in the nation, per the AP. The Arizona Wildcats are atop the Pac-10 and come in ranked 15th, the only conference team in the top 25. The only other Pac-10 team to receive votes in the poll was the Washington Huskies, who dropped from No. 20 to No. 33 after three straight losses on the road.

UCLA last received votes in the AP poll on November 22, when they were ranked 35th. They have won three straight, and seven of their last eight games. The Bruins host both Oregon schools in Los Angeles this week. For more UCLA hoops news and information, be sure to read Bruins Nation.