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UCLA Men's Basketball moved into the top-25 of the AP Poll for the first time this season following its victory over Gonzaga. Meanwhile, UCLA Women's Basketball climbed to #19 in the AP Poll after a solid road win against Michigan.

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UCLA Men's Basketball is finally back in the top-25 of the AP Poll thanks to its upset of Gonzaga last week. The last time the Bruins were a top-25 team was over a year ago when they spent one week at #22 in the last week of November.

The last time the Bruins spent two consecutive weeks in the AP top-25 was over two years ago. If UCLA defeats North Carolina on Saturday, it will surely earn enough points for a second straight week in the top-25; if the Bruins lose, they may be on the outside looking in again.

Although UCLA isn't in the top-25 of the USA Today Coaches Poll, it is just 11 points away.

The only other Pac-12 team in the top-25 of either poll is Arizona. The Wildcats (9-1) are #13 in the AP Poll, and #12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

After beating Michigan in Ann Arbor, UCLA Women's Basketball moved up one spot in the AP Poll to #19. Like the men's basketball team, the women's team sits just outside the top-25 of the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Pac-12 is well-represented in both women's basketball polls. In the AP Poll, Oregon State (7-0) is #7, Stanford (6-2) is #15, UCLA (5-2) is #19, Arizona State (5-3) is #21, and California (7-2) is #22. The Coaches Poll has Oregon State at #7, Stanford at #14, California at #20, and Arizona State at #23.

I received some criticism last week for writing that Dan Guerrero has failed "to develop elite football and men's basketball programs during his tenure." I honestly didn't consider that statement to be even mildly controversial, but since it generated a backlash, let me present a few facts for your consideration:

  1. The last time UCLA Men's Basketball was ranked in the AP top-10 was January, 2009.
  2. UCLA Men's Basketball has been ranked in the top-10 of the final AP Poll in just 3 seasons since Dan Guerrero became UCLA's Athletic Director.
  3. UCLA Football has been ranked in the top-10 of the final AP Poll in just 1 season during Dan Guerrero's tenure.
  4. UCLA Football has failed to win a single conference championship since Dan Guerrero became AD.
None of those facts are consistent with having elite programs. That's not to say that either program might not become elite at some point in the future, but as of 2015, neither program qualifies as elite.

Men's Basketball

Last Week: UCLA defeated #20 Gonzaga 71-66.

Associated Press Poll (December 14, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Michigan State (64) 11-0 1,621 1
2 Kansas (1) 8-1 1,499 2
3 Oklahoma 7-0 1,409 7
4 Kentucky 9-1 1,385 5
5 Iowa State 9-0 1,370 4
6 Maryland 9-1 1,353 6
7 Duke 8-1 1,271 8
8 Virginia 8-1 1,132 10
9 Purdue 11-0 1,082 11
10 Xavier 10-0 1,062 12
11 North Carolina 7-2 1,023 3
12 Villanova 8-1 865 9
13 Arizona 9-1 860 13
14 Providence 10-1 724 15
15 Miami (Fl) 8-1 622 17
16 Baylor 7-1 605 16
17 Butler 8-1 562 18
18 SMU 7-0 560 19
19 Louisville 7-1 534 22
20 West Virginia 8-1 466 14
21 George Washington 9-1 256 NR
22 UCLA 7-3 213 NR
23 Cincinatti 8-2 197 23
24 Texas A&M 8-2 152 NR
25 Connecticut 6-3 47 NR

USA Today Coaches Poll (December 14, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Michigan State (28) 11-0 794 1
2 Iowa State (3) 9-0 719 2
3 Oklahoma (1) 7-0 675 8
4 Kentucky 9-1 665 4
5 Kansas 8-1 664 7
6 Duke 8-1 649 5
7 Maryland 9-1 640 9
8 Purdue 11-0 552 11
9 Virginia 8-1 547 10
10 Xavier 10-0 491 13
11 North Carolina 7-2 474 3
12 Arizona 9-1 469 12
13 Villanova 8-1 464 6
14 Baylor 7-1 323 15
14 Providence 10-1 323 18
16 West Virginia 8-1 288 19
16 Louisville 7-1 288 14
18 Butler 8-1 268 21
19 Miami (FL) 8-1 265 20
20 Cincinnati 8-2 101 22
21 Gonzaga 6-3 90 17
22 George Washington 9-1 87 NR
23 Vanderbilt 6-3 79 16
24 Texas A&M 8-2 77 25
25 South Carolina 8-0 70 NR


UCLA (7-3) received 59 points (26th place).

Women's Basketball

Last Week: UCLA defeated Michigan 86-77.

Associated Press Poll (December 14, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 UConn (32) 8-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 9-0 763 2
3 Notre Dame 9-1 724 3
4 Baylor 10-0 711 4
5 Texas 8-0 659 5
6 Maryland 10-0 651 5
7 Oregon State 7-0 599 7
8 Kentucky 9-0 549 8
9 Mississippi State 7-1 535 9
10 Ohio State 6-3 507 10
11 Florida State 7-2 447 11
12 Northwestern 9-0 434 12
13 Duke 7-2 416 13
14 Tennessee 7-2 342 16
15 Stanford 6-2 329 14
16 DePaul 7-3 302 18
17 Oklahoma 9-1 293 17
18 Texas A&M 7-3 245 15
19 UCLA 5-2 163 20
20 South Florida 6-2 145 21
21 Arizona State 5-3 125 24
21 California 7-2 125 22
23 Miami 10-0 98 NR
24 Michigan State 7-2 83 25
25 St. John's 8-1 64 NR

USA Today Coaches Poll (December 14, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Connecticut (32) 8-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 9-0 763 2
3 Notre Dame 9-1 725 3
4 Baylor 10-0 704 4
5 Maryland 10-0 676 5
6 Texas 8-0 643 6
7 Oregon State 7-0 600 7
8 Kentucky 9-0 560 8
9 Mississippi State 7-1 479 10
10 Florida State 7-2 475 9
11 Duke 8-2 456 11
12 Ohio State 6-3 434 13
13 Northwestern 9-0 412 14
14 Stanford 6-2 393 12
15 DePaul 7-3 324 17
16 Tennessee 7-2 320 15
17 Oklahoma 9-1 276 18
18 Texas A&M 7-3 243 16
19 South Florida 6-2 214 20
20 California 7-2 165 21
21 Miami (FL) 10-0 138 22
22 Michigan State 7-2 101 23
23 Arizona State 6-3 92 24
24 Iowa 8-2 79 19
25 Seton Hall 9-1 60 NR


UCLA (5-2) received 50 points (27th place).

This Week In UCLA Sports

Tuesday, December 15
  • UCLA Men's Basketball vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at Pauley Pavilion (6:00 PM PST)
Wednesday, December 16
  • UCLA Women's Basketball vs. UC Irvine at Pauley Pavilion (7:00 PM PST)
Friday, December 18
  • UCLA Women's Basketball vs. Sacramento State in Sacramento, CA (7:00 PM PST)

Saturday, December 19

  • UCLA Men's Basketball vs. #11 North Carolina in Brooklyn, NY (10:00 AM PST)

Go BRUINS!