UCLA No. 11/6

UCLA is No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN poll. The complete polls are below:

AP Top 25
1. Connecticut (67) 22-1 1,795
2. Oklahoma (3) 23-1 1,710
3. North Carolina (2) 21-2 1,672
4. Pittsburgh 21-2 1,583
5. Louisville 18-4 1,423
6. Duke 20-3 1,350
7. Wake Forest 18-3 1,242
8. Memphis 20-3 1,237
9. Michigan State 19-4 1,214
10. Marquette 20-3 1,137
11. UCLA 19-4 1,131
12. Clemson 19-3 1,097
13. Villanova 19-4 989
14. Xavier 20-3 893
15. Butler 21-2 762
16. Kansas 19-4 751
17. Missouri 20-4 395
18. Arizona State 18-5 389
19. Gonzaga 17-5 361
20. Purdue 17-6 353
21. Utah State 23-1 317
22. Illinois 19-5 303
23. Syracuse 18-6 280
24. Ohio State 17-5 216
25. Florida State 18-5 182
Others Receiving Votes
LSU 167, Washington 135, Texas 106, Florida 66, Minnesota 43, Dayton 31, California 16, Kansas State 8, West Virginia 8, South Carolina 7, Davidson 7, Miami (FL) 7, Utah 4, Arizona 4, San Diego State 2, Siena 2, Northeastern 2, Robert Morris 1, Boston College 1, Green Bay 1.
Dropped From Rankings
Texas 16, Minnesota 19, Washington 22.

ESPN/USA Today Poll
1. Connecticut (30) 22-1 774
2. Oklahoma (1) 23-1 735
3. North Carolina 21-2 711
4. Pittsburgh 21-2 689
5. Duke 20-3 604
6. UCLA 19-4 554
7. Louisville 18-4 553
8. Wake Forest 18-3 541
9. Michigan State 19-4 521
10. Memphis 20-3 486
11. Clemson 19-3 456
12. Marquette 20-3 446
13. Villanova 19-4 416
14. Xavier 20-3 375
15. Butler 21-2 346
16. Kansas 19-4 300
17. Utah State 23-1 258
18. Arizona State 18-5 214
19. Missouri 20-4 162
20. Illinois 19-5 143
21. Gonzaga 17-5 124
22. Syracuse 18-6 115
23. Purdue 17-6 114
24. Washington 17-6 86
25. Florida State 18-5 62
Others Receiving Votes
Ohio State 55, Texas 50, LSU 50, Dayton 34, Minnesota 30, Florida 26, Davidson 9, Utah 9, South Carolina 7, Saint Mary’s 5, Brigham Young 5, California 3, San Diego State 3, Penn State 2, UNLV 1, Arizona 1.
Dropped From Rankings
Texas 17, Minnesota 19.

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  • Anonymous

    Nice to see that East coast bias is still strong in the AP poll.

  • El Cajon Bruin

    Brian-

    To what do you attribute the disparity in the rankings for UCLA?

    Nice to see San Diego State getting some votes. They are very good.

  • Anonymous

    A positive ascent is always good in February…

    Apparently the haters are bashing UCLA’s #6 ranking over at ESPN.com’s comment section…maybe some Bruin fans want to defend themselves?
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3894701

  • BruinGuy

    The disparity is simple. The coaches, being fanatical about basketball, watch games anytime they can. The reporters just look at scores.

  • Seitz

    Brian, what is it about UWGB’s resume, other than a win at home over Butler, that makes them a top 25 team in your eyes? And what does everyone else see in Illinois that you don’t? Do you really think a 19-6 UWGB team with one quality win is better than 19-5 Illinois, with two wins over Purdue (home and road) and a slaughter over Missouri (neutral)? I’m not trying to bust your chops, I’m legitimately curious.

  • Jewin

    Joe Lunardi still has us as a #4 seed in his bracketology. What a joke.

  • Brian Dohn

    BruinGuy,
    My dealings with college coaches is exactly the opposite of what you state. Coaches don’t sit and watch games all the time. They sit and watch their games, or their opponents’ games, all the time. I find it that reporters watch many more games across the nation compared to college coaches.

    Seitz,
    Nothing against Illinois. It was between Illinois and W-GB. I often give the nod to mid-majors because many people don’t respect them, but I find there is very good basketball at the mid-major level.
    I’ll be honest, selecting the last five or so teams in any week is nothing more than a crapshoot.

  • Seitz

    I think the coaches poll is kind of a joke. I’d much rather have Ben Howland spend his time practicing, preparing for the next game, and watching Pac 10 opponents than hanging out on a Wednesday night watching the ACC.

    It’s even worse in football when almost all the games are on the same day. Think of Big 10 game that starts at 2:30 central. The coach probably spends most of the morning preparing for the game, spends four hours coaching, then spends much of the afternoon, evening, and next day breaking down what happened. And that guy is supposed to be an expert on how every other team in the country stacks up and have his vote in by Monday? Doesn’t make any sense.

    Brian, thanks for the answer. I disagree, obviously, but I appreciate your honesty.

  • barrya

    I don’t think it’s watching so much as coaches understanding whose teams are USUALLY very tough. When they see Ben’s Bruins stepping up and catch highlights from the natonal ‘cast of Ucla vs someone-they-know, they go back to their opening position which was that Ucla was going to be extremely good by about this point in the season. The media talks with one another and I think there IS more of a buzz about schools where most of the population is centered – in the E, NE, SE and Mid-Atl with a spillover from the mid-west. But with the coaches, I think it’s knowing Ben’s (and Jamie’s) teams and being influenced that way, a lot more so than the media

  • BruinGirl

    I did see that Lunardi still has UCLA at a #4 seed, in the east now! Generally a 6 ranking translates to no less than a 3 seed but it’s too early to get all worked up about it just yet. I’m hoping for a good hammering of ASU on Thursday and will go from there.