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It is still kind of early. But as the football season is now formally over, it is the time of year that basketball rankings start creeping into the national consciousness. Here is how it looks today (courtesy of

Now that the Pac-10 season has started, the Bruins are also making a move in the RPI department. From Bruin Basketball Report:

Although still early in the season, UCLA's RPI improved dramatically with their two road wins last week. The Bruin's RPI ranking improved from 55 to 15, in addition its SOS (Strength of Schedule) improved from 209 to 46.
And the significance of that Bay Area trip was not lost on ESPN ‘bracketologist’ Joe Lunardi:

Obviously, as mentioned above, it is still way too early. None of this chatter will mean anything if the Bruins lose focus and stumble against any of the Pac-10 teams. And that possibility is real every week in what is arguably the toughest conference in America.

Bruins will have another set of tough games coming up this week. And they received some good news yesterday. From the LA Times:
Junior forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who had reported a sore right knee Saturday after colliding with teammate Russell Westbrook late in the California game, has only a bruise.

UCLA didn't practice Monday, but Mbah a Moute is expected to be at full strength when the Bruins return to work today in preparation for games against Washington and Washington State, both at Pauley Pavilion.
We will certainly need Luc at 100 percent against Brockman et al. on Thursday night.

We will have more notes on that game later this week.