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UCLA Men's & Women's Basketball Finish 2015 in the Top-25

Both UCLA basketball teams hold down top-25 spots in the final AP Poll of 2015 while UCLA Men's Volleyball lands at #5 in the AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll.

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In spite of an underwhelming performance against McNeese State last week, UCLA Men's Basketball claimed the last spot in the top-25 of the final AP Poll of 2015. It's the Bruins' second entry into the top-25 this season. The previous visit lasted just one week.

UCLA remains just outside of the top-25 in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bruins' 20 points put them 28th nationally.

Only two Pac-12 teams are ranked higher than UCLA in the AP Poll: Arizona at #8 and Utah at #21.

Meanwhile UCLA Women's Basketball dropped two spots in the latest AP Poll after losing to then #21 California in double overtime. The Bruins are now 21st-ranked in the AP Poll behind four Pac-12 foes: Oregon State at #10, Stanford at #11, Arizona State at #17, and California at #19.

UCLA is still on the verge of entering the USA Today Coaches Poll with 44 points--good for 26th place.

After grinding out a hard-fought victory over UC Riverside on Monday, #21 UCLA opens Pac-12 play tonight against #26 Southern Cal before hosting #31 Oregon on Saturday.

UCLA Men's Volleyball begins its 2016 campaign on Sunday with an exhibition game against British Columbia. The Bruins are ranked fifth in the preseason AVCA Coaches Poll behind three MPSF opponents: BYU is the top-ranked team in the nation, UC Irvine is ranked second, and Long Beach State is ranked fourth. Two more MPSF teams (Hawai'i and UC Santa Barbara) are ranked in the preseason top-10.

Coach Speraw has recruited a lot of very talented players in the past three years, and he finally has an elite setter. This should prove to be a very exciting season for UCLA volleyball.

Men's Basketball

Last Week: UCLA defeated McNeese State 67-53.

Associated Press Poll (December 28, 2015)
RANK TEAM POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Michigan St. (64) 1623 13-0 1
2 Kansas (1) 1534 10-1 2
3 Oklahoma 1498 11-0 3
4 Maryland 1428 11-1 4
5 Virginia 1351 10-1 5
6 Xavier 1296 12-0 6
7 North Carolina 1219 10-2 7
8 Arizona 1081 12-1 8
9 Butler 984 10-1 9
10 Kentucky 963 10-2 12
11 Iowa State 938 10-1 11
12 Providence 923 12-1 10
13 Miami (Fla.) 867 10-1 13
14 Purdue 818 12-1 14
15 Duke 781 9-2 15
16 Villanova 643 9-2 17
17 SMU 636 11-0 18
18 Louisville 516 11-2 16
19 West Virginia 500 10-1 19
20 Texas A&M 371 9-2 21
21 Utah 224 10-2 24
22 Cincinnati 199 10-3 22
23 Baylor 195 9-2 23
24 South Carolina 175 11-0 25
25 UCLA 51 9-4 NR

USA Today Coaches Poll (December 28, 2015)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Michigan State (27) 13-0 771 1
2 Oklahoma (3) 11-0 730 2
3 Kansas (1) 10-1 715 3
4 Maryland 11-1 683 4
5 Virginia 10-1 648 5
6 Xavier 12-0 610 6
7 Arizona 12-1 544 8
8 North Carolina 10-2 530 7
9 Iowa State 10-1 480 9
10 Butler 10-1 471 12
11 Kentucky 10-2 465 11
12 Duke 9-2 434 10
13 Providence 12-1 396 14
14 Purdue 12-1 378 13
15 Miami (FL) 10-1 367 16
16 Villanova 9-2 309 17
17 West Virginia 10-1 299 18
18 Louisville 11-2 249 15
19 Texas A&M 9-2 220 19
20 South Carolina 11-0 157 23
21 Baylor 9-2 146 22
22 Utah 10-2 94 NR
23 Cincinnati 10-3 90 21
24 Gonzaga 10-3 79 24
25 Pittsburgh 10-1 49 NR

UCLA (9-4) received 20 points (28th place).

Women's Basketball

Last Week: #19 UCLA lost to #21 California 108-104 (2 OT).

Associated Press Poll (December 28, 2015)
RANK TEAM POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Connecticut (32) 800 9-0 1
2 South Carolina 763 12-0 2
3 Notre Dame 725 10-1 3
4 Baylor 712 13-0 4
5 Texas 662 11-0 5
6 Maryland 654 11-0 6
7 Kentucky 597 10-0 7
8 Mississippi St. 556 11-1 8
9 Ohio St. 550 8-3 9
10 Oregon St. 479 9-1 11
11 Stanford 472 9-2 12
12 Duke 402 9-3 13
13 Tennessee 394 8-3 14
14 Northwestern 349 11-1 15
15 Florida St. 345 8-3 10
16 Texas A&M 327 9-3 16
17 Arizona St. 244 8-3 22
18 Oklahoma 239 9-2 18
19 California 224 8-2 21
20 South Florida 192 7-2 20
21 UCLA 137 7-3 19
22 Miami (Fla.) 119 12-1 23
23 Missouri 101 12-0 25
24 Michigan St. 99 9-2 24
25 DePaul 84 8-5 17


USA Today Coaches Poll (December 28, 2015)

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Connecticut (32) 10-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 12-0 768 2
3 Notre Dame 11-1 720 3
4 Baylor 13-0 708 4
5 Maryland 11-1 659 5
6 Texas 11-0 654 6
7 Kentucky 11-0 607 7
8 Mississippi State 12-1 550 8
9 Ohio State 8-3 517 10
10 Oregon State 9-2 506 9
11 Stanford 10-2 475 11
12 Duke 9-3 411 12
13 Texas A&M 9-3 369 13
13 Florida State 10-3 369 14
15 Northwestern 11-1 352 15
16 Tennessee 8-3 290 16
17 South Florida 7-2 282 17
18 California 8-2 237 18
19 Oklahoma 9-2 209 19
20 Miami (FL) 12-1 165 20
21 Arizona State 9-3 164 21
22 Michigan State 9-2 129 22
23 Seton Hall 10-1 83 24
24 DePaul 8-5 79 23
25 Iowa 10-2 54 25


UCLA (7-3) received 44 points (26th place).

Men's Volleyball

Last Week: UCLA was not in action.

AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll (December 9, 2015)
RANK TEAM POINTS 2015 Final Rank
1 BYU (13) 268 8
2 UC Irvine 258 3
3 Loyola-Chicago (6) 236 1
4 Long Beach State 213 11
5 UCLA 193 12
6 Ohio State 182 10
7 Hawai'i 168 6
8 Lewis (1) 158 2
9 UC Santa Barbara 153 9
10 Penn State 145 4
11 Pepperdine 126 5
12 Southern California 95 7
13 Stanford 91 14
T-14 Ball State 35 NR
T-14 George Mason 35 NR


This Week In UCLA Sports

Monday, December 28
  • UCLA Women's Basketball vs. UC Riverside in Riverside, CA (7:00 PM PST)

Wednesday, December 30

  • UCLA Women's Basketball vs. Southern Cal at Pauley Pavilion (7:00 PM PST)

Friday, January 1

  • UCLA Men's Basketball vs. Washington in Seattle, WA (8:00 PM PST)

Saturday, January 2

  • UCLA Women's Basketball vs. Oregon at Pauley Pavilion (2:00 PM PST)

  • Sunday, January 3

    • UCLA Men's Basketball vs. Washington State in Pullman, WA (6:30 PM PST)
    • UCLA Men's Volleyball vs. British Columbia (Exhibition) at Pauley Pavilion (7:00 PM PST)

    Monday, January 4

  • UCLA Women's Basketball vs. Oregon State at Pauley Pavilion (7:00 PM PST)

  • Go BRUINS!