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UCLA Basketball Gets More Respect in Top 25 Polls

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The NCAA Selection Committee didn’t give the Bruins much respect over the weekend, but the Top 25 Polls did today.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon at UCLA Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the NCAA Selection Committee may not have given UCLA any respect over the weekend when they released their Mid-Season Top 16 Seedings, but the voters in the Top 25 polls sure did this morning.

UCLA’s big win over Oregon has moved them up to 6th in the AP Poll and 5th in the Coaches Poll. While every game is now a must-win for the Bruins, the next three games are critically important. First up is Southern Cal at home. Breaking the four-game losing streak to the guys across town is enough of a reason, but that game and next Thursday’s game at Arizona State will set up a showdown in Tucson against the Wildcats. It might not determine who wins the Pac-12 title, but it will definitely hold some weight with the Selection Committee.

Speaking of Arizona, they are now ranked 5th in the AP Poll and 6th in the Coaches Poll while the Ducks dropped to 7th in the AP Poll and 8th in the Coaches Poll. Southern Cal also received votes in both polls, but missed being in either Top 25.

Elsewhere in the Top 10, Baylor is back up to 4th in both polls while Louisville slipped from 4th in both to 8th in the AP Poll and 7th in the Coaches Poll.

College Basketball Top 25, Week 16

Rank AP Points Last Week Coaches Points Last Week
Rank AP Points Last Week Coaches Points Last Week
1 Gonzaga (59) 1,618 1 Gonzaga (29) 797 1
2 Villanova (5) 1,556 2 Villanova (3) 768 2
3 Kansas (1) 1,503 3 Kansas 738 3
4 Arizona 1,356 5 Arizona 665 6
5 UCLA 1,316 6 UCLA 654 5
6 Oregon 1,297 7 Louisville 620 7
7 Louisville 1,267 8 Oregon 618 8
8 North Carolina 1,138 10 North Carolina 566 9
9 Baylor 1,108 4 Baylor 534 4
10 Duke 1,014 12 Kentucky 493 11
11 Kentucky 943 13 Duke 446 14
12 West Virginia 908 9 Florida 421 13
13 Florida 822 15 West Virginia 413 12
14 Purdue 807 16 Purdue 392 16
15 Cincinnati 733 18 Wisconsin 354 10
16 Wisconsin 713 11 Cincinnati 331 17
17 SMU 554 19 Notre Dame 250 20
18 Virginia 427 14 Saint Mary's 211 21
19 Florida State 419 17 Virginia 196 15
20 Saint Mary's 375 22 Florida State 195 18
21 Notre Dame 322 25 SMU 186 23
22 Butler 295 24 Butler 153 25
23 Creighton 178 20 Creighton 111 22
24 Maryland 159 23 Maryland 95 24
25 Wichita State 153 NR Wichita State 52 29

Others Receiving Votes

AP Poll: Wichita State 87, Xavier 72, Northwestern 60, Southern Cal 16, VCU 14, Dayton 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Monmouth 2, Oklahoma State 1, Vermont 1.

Coaches Poll: Xavier 56; Northwestern 27; Southern California 24; Wichita State 19; Dayton 8; Miami (Fla.) 7; Kansas State 7; Middle Tennessee 6; Akron 2; New Mexico State 2.


Go Bruins.