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UCLA Poll Watch: Men's Volleyball Still Undefeated, Still #1

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UCLA Men's Volleyball remains the nation's top-ranked team, but the Bruins will face a stiff challenge this week when they undertake one of the conference's toughest road trips.

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UCLA Men's Volleyball is off to Hawai'i this week for a two-game set with the fifth-ranked Rainbow Warriors. Traveling to Honolulu to play volleyball sounds pretty great, but historically it's one of the MPSF's most difficult road trips. The Bruins will play two games in two days against a very good team, which will really test UCLA's credentials as the nation's best team.

The Bruins are a unanimous choice as the top-ranked team, a spot that they've held for three straight weeks. UCLA's 10-game winning streak will be on the line in Honolulu, but more important than that is the Bruins' one-game lead in the standings ahead of Stanford and Hawai'i.

UCLA Women's Basketball has a big road trip this week too. The 14th-ranked Bruins will be in the desert for a pair of games, including a showdown with #8 Arizona State on Friday evening.

The Bruins proved they can win on the road in difficult circumstances this past week when they beat Colorado and Utah despite losing star point guard Jordin Canada to injury. With UCLA's only other true point guard out this season with an injury, the Bruins found a way to win with Nirra Fields directing the offense. Of course, if Canada isn't ready to play against ASU, it will be that much harder for the third-place Bruins to catch the Pac-12 co-leaders--Oregon State and Arizona State.

UCLA Men's Basketball remains absent from the national polls. Only a substantial winning streak is likely to see the Bruins receive votes again, but Steve Alford's Bruins seem utterly incapable of the kind of consistency required for a winning streak. Until the Bruins put together a string of conference wins, there's no point in discussing scenarios that could lead to the team charging back into title contention. However, if the Bruins don't win tonight against the Trojans, they'll be in ninth place in the Pac-12, and their postseason prospects will continue to fade.

Lastly, the Bruins are seventh in the DIG Magazine Women's Beach Volleyball Preseason Poll. With a very talented freshman class, UCLA Beach Volleyball has a bright future.

Men's Basketball

Last Week: UCLA lost to Washington 86-84, and defeated Washington State 83-50.

Associated Press Poll (February 1, 2016)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Oklahoma (45) 18-2 1605 1
2 North Carolina (20) 20-2 1578 2
3 Villanova 18-3 1384 6
4 Maryland 19-3 1366 8
5 Iowa 17-4 1362 3
6 Xavier 19-2 1344 7
7 Kansas 17-4 1233 4
8 Texas A&M 18-3 1169 5
9 Virginia 17-4 1086 11
10 Michigan State 19-4 1018 12
11 Providence 18-4 900 10
12 SMU 19-1 853 13
13 Iowa State 16-5 851 14
13 West Virginia 17-4 814 9
15 Baylor 17-4 728 17
16 Oregon 18-4 551 23
17 Miam (Fla.) 16-4 537 15
18 Purdue 19-4 511 21
19 Louisville 17-4 478 16
20 Kentucky 16-6 429 20
21 Wichita State 16-5 323 22
22 Indiana 18-4 270 19
23 Arizona 17-5 245 18
24 Dayton 18-3 168 NR
25 South Carolina 19-2 87 NR

UCLA (13-9, 4-5) received 0 points.

USA Today Coaches Poll (February 1, 2016)
RANK TEAM POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 North Carolina 791 18-2 2
2 Oklahoma 766 16-2 1
3 Kansas 680 16-3 3
4 Iowa 677 16-3 9
5 Texas A&M 650 17-2 8
6 Villanova 591 17-3 4
7 Maryland 581 17-3 5
8 Xavier 580 17-2 6
9 West Virginia 503 16-3 7
10 Providence 452 17-3 17
11 Michigan St. 445 17-4 10
12 Virginia 430 15-4 13
13 Miami (Fla.) 412 15-3 14
14 Louisville 384 16-3 16
15 Arizona 341 16-4 11
16 Iowa St. 312 15-4 21
17 Indiana 290 17-3 23
18 Baylor 281 15-4 15
19 Kentucky 242 15-4 19
20 Duke 183 15-5 12
21 Purdue 150 17-4 22
22 South Carolina 137 17-2 18
23 Pittsburgh 118 16-3 20
24 Oregon 90 16-4 NR
25 Wichita St. 60 14-5 NR

UCLA (13-9, 4-5) received 0 points.

Women's Basketball

Last Week: #15 UCLA defeated Colorado 82-64, and defeated Utah 69-63.

Associated Press Poll (February 1, 2016)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 UConn (32) 20-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 21-0 765 2
3 Notre Dame 20-1 739 3
4 Baylor 21-1 700 4
5 Maryland 19-2 659 5
6 Texas 20-1 652 6
7 Ohio State 16-4 590 7
8 Arizona State 18-3 587 8
9 Oregon State 17-3 542 9
10 Florida State 18-4 500 11
11 Mississippi State 19-4 452 13
12 Texas A&M 15-6 443 10
13 Louisville 17-5 408 14
14 UCLA 16-5 372 15
15 Stanford 17-5 311 16
16 Miami 18-3 292 17
17 Michigan State 16-4 273 18
18 Kentucky 15-5 248 12
19 South Florida 15-5 212 20
20 Oklahoma 15-5 195 21
21 Missouri 18-4 181 22
22 Florida 18-4 150 NR
23 Tennessee 13-8 60 19
24 Washington 16-5 47 25
25 Oklahoma St 15-4 45 NR

USA Today Coaches Poll (February 1, 2016)
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Connecticut (32) 20-0 800 1
2 South Carolina 21-0 766 2
3 Notre Dame 21-1 736 3
4 Baylor 21-1 703 4
5 Maryland 19-2 665 5
6 Texas 20-1 646 6
7 Ohio State 17-4 603 7
8 Oregon State 18-3 579 8
9 Florida State 18-4 517 11
10 Arizona State 18-4 487 9
11 Texas A&M 15-6 468 10
12 Mississippi State 19-4 428 13
13 Louisville 17-5 411 14
14 Michigan State 16-4 352 15
15 Stanford 17-5 317 16
16 UCLA 16-5 286 19
17 South Florida 15-5 271 18
18 Kentucky 15-5 265 12
19 Oklahoma 15-5 223 20
20 Miami (FL) 18-4 210 17
21 Missouri 18-4 137 24
22 Florida 18-4 121 NR
23 Syracuse 16-6 67 NR
24 DePaul 17-7 57 21
25 Tennessee 13-8 47 23

Men's Volleyball

Last Week: #1 UCLA defeated #2 Long Beach State 3-2, and defeated #12 Cal State Northridge 3-1 .

AVCA Coaches Poll (February 1, 2016)
RANK TEAM POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 UCLA (20) 300 10-0 1
2 Long Beach State 277 7-2 2
3 BYU 262 6-2 3
4 Loyola-Chicago 226 5-2 4
5 Hawai'i 213 8-1 5
6 Stanford 205 7-1 6
7 Ohio State 175 7-2 7
8 Penn State 149 5-2 9
9 Pepperdine 136 5-2 8
10 UC Santa Barbara 127 8-3 11
11 UC Irvine 116 2-6 9
12 CSUN 92 7-2 12
13 Lewis 46 6-4 13
14 Ball State 31 5-3 15
15 Saint Francis 22 3-4 14

Women's Water Polo

Last Week: #2 UCLA was not in action.

CWPA Poll (February 3, 2016)
RANK TEAM POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Stanford 98 1
2 UCLA 96 2
3 Southern Cal 94 3
4 Hawai'i 87 4
T5 Arizona State 82 5
T5 California 82 6
7 Michigan 75 7
T8 UC Davis 67 9
T8 San Jose State 67 8
10 UC Irvine 63 10
11 UC Santa Barbara 62 11
12 Pacific 54 12
13 Indiana 52 T13
14 Princeton 49 T13
15 Loyola Marymount 41 16
16 Wagner 36 T18
17 Hartwick 35 17
18 San Diego State 34 15
19 UC San Diego 32 T18
20 Marist 24 24

Men's Tennis

Last Week: #12 UCLA defeated #6 Georgia 6-1.

ITA Division I Men's Team Rankings (February 3, 2016)
RANK TEAM PREVIOUS
1 Virginia 1
2 TCU 3
3 Texas A&M 4
4 Baylor 5
5 Oklahoma 2
6 USC T8
7 North Carolina 10
8 Ohio State T8
9 UCLA 12
10 Wake Forest 11
11 Georgia 6
12 Illinois 7
13 South Florida 13
14 Texas Tech 14
15 Columbia 15
16 San Diego 16
17 Oklahoma State 25
18 Stanford 17
19 Virginia Tech 18
20 Mississippi 19
21 Northwestern 21
22 Florida 20
23 Minnesota 22
24 California 27
25 Duke 24

Women's Tennis

Last Week: #21 UCLA defeated St. Mary's 6-1.

ITA Division I Women's Team Rankings* (February 3, 2016)

* The ITA will not publish rankings this week--the week of the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship

Women's Gymnastics

Last Week: #4 UCLA lost to #21 California 196.375-195.175.

GymInfo Team Rankings (February 1, 2016)
RANK TEAM AVERAGE HIGH
1 Florida 197.438 198.175
2 Oklahoma 197.185 197.55
3 Michigan 196.86 196.975
4 Alabama 196.855 197.525
5 UCLA 196.758 196.925
6 LSU 196.525 196.95
7 Utah 196.342 196.725
8 Arkansas 196.21 196.7
9 Boise State 196.175 196.425
10 Auburn 196.08 196.275
11 Georgia 195.87 196.775
12 Stanford 195.856 196.675
13 Denver 195.763 196.125
14 Nebraska 195.7 196.775
15 Oregon State 195.694 196.35
16 Missouri 195.645 196.05
17 George Washington 195.517 196.175
18 Minnesota 195.469 196.075
19 Illinois-Champaign 195.363 195.725
20 Arizona 195.217 196.475
21 California 195.15 195.65
22 New Hampshire 195.095 196.075
23 West Virginia 195.083 195.8
24 Southern Utah 195.056 195.6
25 Kentucky 195.031 195.175

This Week In UCLA Sports

Thursday, January 28

  • UCLA Men's Basketball vs. USC in Los Angeles, CA (7:30 PM PST)
  • Friday, January 29

    • UCLA Track & Field at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, NE (All Day)
    • #9 UCLA Men's Tennis vs. #16 San Diego in Los Angeles, CA (3:00 PM PST)
    • #14 UCLA Women's Basketball vs. #8 Arizona State in Tempe, AZ (5:00 PM PST)
    • #1 UCLA Men's Volleyball vs. #5 Hawai'i in Honolulu, HI (9:00 PM PST)

    Saturday, January 30

    • UCLA Track & Field at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, NE (All Day)
    • #5 UCLA Women's Gymnastics vs. #7 Utah in Los Angeles, CA (1:00 PM PST)
    • #1 UCLA Men's Volleyball vs. #5 Hawai'i in Honolulu, HI (9:00 PM PST)

    Sunday, January 31

    • #14 UCLA Women's Basketball vs.Arizona in Tucson, AZ (12:00 PM PST)
    • #21 UCLA Women's Tennis vs. Northwestern in Los Angeles, CA (12:00 PM PST)
    Go BRUINS!