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UCLA Basketball: Time To Throw Out The Top 25 Polls

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At this point in the season, the polls should go out the window. UCLA will have to play its best basketball of the season this week in the Pac-12 Tournament.

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The Top 4 spots in both polls stayed virtually the same this week. In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the only difference is that UCLA and Villanova are no longer tied for second. The Wildcats just edged out the Bruins for the 2nd spot.

Oregon and North Carolina flipped spots, setting up another potential top 5 matchup for UCLA if both the Bruins and the Ducks can win their first two games at the Pac-12 Tournament this week in Las Vegas. Assuming that happens, whomever wins the Pac-12 Tournament should be looking at a #1 seed somewhere and, if it’s UCLA, it should be in the West because that would be the second time in three weeks they would have defeated a Top 5 team.

But, to get to that Top 5 matchup, UCLA will need to first beat the winner of Southern Cal and Washington and, then, probably #7 Arizona again. In other words, the Revenge Tour is taking up residency in Las Vegas this week.

If the Bruins are to get the top seed in the West, they need to win 3 games this weekend. That’s not going to be an easy feat. But, then, to win the National Championship, they need to run off 6 more consecutive wins.

So, they need a total of 9 wins over four weekends.

And it all begins Thursday at 8:30 pm PT.

Here are this week’s polls:

College Basketball Top 25 Polls, Week 18

Rank AP Points Last Week Coaches Points Last Week
Rank AP Points Last Week Coaches Points Last Week
1 Kansas (59) 1,619 1 Kansas (27) 795 1
2 Villanova (2) 1,517 2 Villanova (2) 743 2
3 UCLA (3) 1,487 3 UCLA (2) 737 2
4 Gonzaga (1) 1,430 4 Gonzaga (1) 674 4
5 Oregon 1,364 6 Oregon 655 6
6 North Carolina 1,291 5 North Carolina 649 5
7 Arizona 1,252 7 Arizona 600 8
8 Kentucky 1,182 9 Kentucky 581 9
9 Baylor 1,084 11 Louisville 544 7
10 Louisville 1,047 8 Baylor 516 11
11 West Virginia 958 10 West Virginia 462 10
12 SMU 849 14 Purdue 391 16
13 Purdue 839 16 Florida 347 12
14 Duke 667 17 Duke 345 14
15 Cincinnati 634 18 SMU 303 19
16 Florida State 631 15 Notre Dame 301 13
17 Florida 617 12 Florida State 278 17
18 Butler 538 13 Saint Mary's 262 20
19/18 Saint Mary's 456 20 Cincinnati 262 18
20 Wichita State 401 21 Butler 249 15
21 Virginia 400 23 Virginia 189 23
22 Notre Dame 394 19 Wichita State 184 22
23 Iowa State 147 24 Wisconsin 82 21
24 Wisconsin 139 22 Iowa State 63 24
25 Maryland 47 NR Middle Tennessee St. 30 29

Others Receiving Votes

AP Poll: Middle Tennessee 28, Oklahoma State 23, Minnesota 22, Michigan 16, Dayton 11, Seton Hall 9, Southern Cal 6, Providence 5, Vermont 3, Arkansas 2, Miami 2, VCU 2, Wake Forest 2, Creighton 1, Michigan State 1, Princeton 1, UNC Wilmington 1.

Coaches Poll: Oklahoma State 25; South Carolina 22; Miami (Fla.) 19; Maryland 13; Minnesota 13; Northwestern 13; Southern California 12; Creighton 10; Arkansas 7; Vermont 6; California 5; Michigan 3; North Carolina-Wilmington 2; Monmouth 2; Virginia Tech 2; Wake Forest 1; Nevada 1; Vanderbilt 1; Dayton 1.


Go Bruins.