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UCLA Poll Watch: Men's Volleyball Tops the AVCA Coaches Poll

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Steve Alford's Bruins remain outside the top-25 while UCLA Men's Volleyball captures the number one spot in the national rankings.

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Steve Alford's Bruins may be unpredictable, but the voters' reaction to UCLA's loss to Southern Cal last week was completely predictable: the Bruins received no votes in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Unless UCLA wins both games on its Oregon road trip this week, it's unlikely to receive votes in next week's polls either. Given the poor road record of Steve Alford's teams this year and last, it may be a long time before the Bruins are back in the top-25.

Southern Cal (21st in the AP Poll, 25th in the USA Today Coaches Poll) joins Arizona (12th and 11th) as the only Pac-12 teams ranked in the national polls.

Although UCLA Women's Basketball could only manage a split on last week's road trip to Washington, the Bruins dropped just three spots to 20th in the AP Poll, and two places to 25th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.. However, with a tough homestand this week against previously-ranked California and #12 Stanford, UCLA will have to earn at least a split to stay in the top-25.

Arizona State (8th, 11th), Oregon State (11th, 8th) and Stanford (12th, 14th) continue to represent the Pac-12 in the top-15 of the polls, and three other conference teams (Washington, California, and USC) are receiving votes.

Last but certainly not least, UCLA Men's Volleyball is the new number one team in the nation. Wins against #4 UC Irvine and UCSD last week coupled with a loss by previously top-ranked BYU propelled the Bruins to the top of the AVCA Coaches Poll. The undefeated Bruins collected 19 (of 20) first place votes, ahead of MPSF foes #2 Long Beach State, #3 BYU, and #4 UC Irvine.

With a pair of very winnable matches slated for this week, including a weekend showdown with the 15th-ranked Trojans, UCLA has an excellent chance of holding onto its #1 ranking for at least another week.

Men's Basketball

Last Week: UCLA lost to USC 89-75.

Associated Press Poll (January 18, 2016)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Oklahoma (65) 15-1 1,625 2
2 North Carolina 16-2 1,515 5
3 Kansas 15-2 1,499 1
4 Villanova 16-2 1,403 6
5 Xavier 16-1 1,321 7
6 West Virginia 15-2 1,278 11
7 Maryland 16-2 1,259 3
8 SMU 17-0 1,179 10
9 Iowa 14-3 1,167 16
10 Texas A&M 15-2 994 15
11 Michigan State 16-3 950 4
12 Arizona 15-3 801 18
13 Virginia 13-4 649 22
13 Baylor 14-3 649 13
15 Miami (FL) 13-3 645 8
16 Providence 15-3 609 12
17 Louisville 14-3 608 21
18 Butler 13-4 439 23
19 Iowa State 13-4 411 17
20 Duke 14-4 375 9
21 USC 15-3 338 NR
22 Purdue 15-3 322 24
23 Kentucky 13-4 276 14
24 South Carolina 16-1 252 19
25 Indiana 15-3 210 NR

UCLA (11-7, 2-3) received 0 points.

USA Today Coaches Poll (January 18, 2016)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Oklahoma (26) 15-1 763 2
2 North Carolina (4) 16-2 727 5
3 Kansas (1) 15-2 700 1
4 Villanova 16-2 674 7
5 Maryland 16-2 629 3
6 Xavier 16-1 616 8
7 West Virginia 15-2 585 10
8 Texas A&M 15-2 532 14
9 Iowa 14-3 494 19
10 Michigan State 16-3 461 4
11 Arizona 15-3 438 16
12 Duke 14-4 360 6
13 Virginia 13-4 340 11
14 Miami (FL) 13-3 319 9
15 Baylor 14-3 306 22
16 Louisville 14-3 288 20
17 Providence 15-3 269 12
18 South Carolina 16-1 231 15
19 Kentucky 13-4 206 13
20 Pittsburgh 15-2 179 17
21 Iowa State 13-4 173 18
22 Purdue 15-3 167 24
23 Indiana 15-3 162 25
24 Butler 13-4 156 13
25 USC 15-3 103 NR


UCLA (11-7, 2-3) received 0 points.

Women's Basketball

Last Week: UCLA lost to Washington 64-56, and defeated Washington State 75-73.

Associated Press Poll (January 18, 2016)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Connecticut (32) 16-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 17-0 766 2
3 Notre Dame 16-1 738 3
4 Baylor 18-1 700 6
5 Maryland 16-2 655 8
6 Texas 16-1 653 4
7 Ohio State 13-4 568 5
8 Arizona State 15-3 558 10
9 Kentucky 14-2 548 9
10 Mississippi State 16-2 530 7
11 Oregon State 14-3 493 12
12 Stanford 14-4 411 11
13 Texas A&M 13-5 399 15
14 Florida State 14-4 397 16
15 South Florida 12-4 326 19
16 Miami (FL) 17-2 267 21
17 Louisville 14-5 254 23
18 Tennessee 11-5 235 13
19 Oklahoma 12-4 191 14
20 UCLA 12-5 160 17
21 Michigan State 13-4 151 18
22 Florida 15-3 104 20
23 Missouri 15-3 103 24
24 DePaul 14-6 82 NR
25 West Virginia 15-4 54 NR

USA Today Coaches Poll (January 18, 2016)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Connecticut (32) 16-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 17-0 768 2
3 Notre Dame 17-1 735 3
4 Baylor 18-1 696 7
5 Maryland 16-2 656 8
6 Texas 16-1 653 4
7 Ohio State 13-4 565 5
8 Oregon State 14-3 558 10
9 Kentucky 14-2 523 9
10 Mississippi State 17-2 511 6
11 Arizona State 15-3 491 13
12 Texas A&M 13-5 440 11
13 Florida State 14-4 397 14
14 Stanford 14-4 379 12
15 South Florida 12-4 344 16
16 Miami (FL) 17-2 318 20
17 Louisville 14-5 246 22
18 Michigan State 13-4 186 18
19 Oklahoma 12-4 173 17
20 Northwestern 13-5 136 24
21 DePaul 14-6 130 25
22 Tennessee 11-6 127 15
23 Florida 15-3 98 21
24 Syracuse 14-4 87 NR
25 UCLA 12-5 72 23


Men's Volleyball

Last Week: UCLA defeated #4 UC Irvine 3-1, and defeated UC San Diego 3-0.

AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll (January 18, 2016)
RANK TEAM POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 UCLA (19) 299 5-0 2
2 Long Beach State (1) 272 5-0 3
3 BYU 264 3-1 1
4 UC Irvine 222 2-2 4
5 Loyola-Chicago 213 3-2 6
6 Hawai'i 204 4-1 5
7 Ohio State 179 4-2 7
8 Stanford 162 3-1 11
9 UC Santa Barbara 131 5-2 8
10 Penn State 119 2-2 10
11 Pepperdine 113 2-1 12
12 CSUN 80 6-0 14
13 Lewis 64 3-3 9
14 Ball State 43 3-1 15
15 Southern California 13 0-4 13

This Week In UCLA Sports

Wednesday, January 20

  • #14 UCLA Men's Tennis vs. San Francisco in Los Angeles, CA (2:00 PM PST)
  • #1 UCLA Men's Volleyball vs. Cal Baptist in Riverside, CA (7:00 PM PST)
  • UCLA Men's Basketball vs. Oregon State in Corvallis, OR (8:00 PM PST)

Friday, January 22

  • UCLA Track & Field at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational in Manhattan, KS (8:00 AM PST)
  • #9 UCLA Women's Tennis vs. UC Irvine in Los Angeles, CA (TBA)
  • #20 UCLA Women's Basketball vs. California (6:00 PM PST)

Saturday, January 23

  • UCLA Track & Field at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational in Manhattan, KS (7:00 AM PST)
  • #9 UCLA Women's Tennis vs. TBD in Los Angeles, CA (TBA)
  • #14 UCLA Men's Tennis vs. SMU in Los Angeles, CA (12:00 PM PST)
  • #5 UCLA Women's Gymnastics vs. Arizona in Tucson, AZ (12:00 PM PST)
  • UCLA Men's Basketball vs. Oregon in Eugene, OR (1:00 PM PST)
  • #2 UCLA Women's Water Polo vs. #7 Hawai'i in Santa Barbara, CA (1:30 PM PST)
  • #1 UCLA Men's Volleyball vs. #15 USC at Pauley Pavilion (3:00 PM PST)
  • #2 UCLA Women's Water Polo vs. #14 Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA (6:00 PM PST)

Sunday, January 24

  • #14 UCLA Men's Tennis vs. TBD in Los Angeles, CA (TBA)
  • #2 UCLA Women's Water Polo vs. #12 Michigan in Santa Barbara, CA (2:30 PM PST)
  • #2 UCLA Women's Water Polo vs. TBD in Santa Barbara, CA (TBA)
  • #20 UCLA Women's Basketball vs. #12 Stanford in Pauley Pavilion (6:00 PM PST)

Monday, January 25

  • #1 UCLA Men's Volleyball vs. Princeton in Los Angeles, CA (7:00 PM PST)
Go BRUINS!