Bruins debut at No. 22 in preseason AP poll

UCLA was ranked No. 22 in the country in the first Associated Press poll, slotted as the third-best team in the conference.

The Bruins beat Cal State San Bernardino, 96-66, in a home exhibition Wednesday night, but allowed 14 offensive rebounds and made just one of their 12 3-point attempts. They play a second exhibition on Monday against Cal State San Marcos, and open their season against Drexel on Nov. 8.

Arizona paced the Pac-12 at No. 6 in the AP poll. Oregon was ranked 19th. Colorado, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford also received votes.

Kentucky beat Michigan State for the No. 1 spot, taking 27 first-place votes to the Spartans’ 22. The Wildcats finished out of the poll last season, then lost in the NIT to Robert Morris.

Louisville and Duke also received first-place votes.

See the full poll after the jump:
1. Kentucky (27)
2. Michigan St. (22)
3. Louisville (14)
4. Duke (2)
5. Kansas
6. Arizona
7. Michigan
8. Oklahoma St.
8. Syracuse
10. Florida
11. Ohio St.
12. North Carolina
13. Memphis
14. VCU
15. Gonzaga
16. Wichita St.
17. Marquette
18. UConn
19. Oregon
20. Wisconsin
21. Notre Dame
22. UCLA
23. New Mexico
24. Virginia
25. Baylor

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  • The EDGE

    CBS sports line is reporting Kevin Looney’s verbal to UCLA! Didn’t see this coming. I hope maybe J. Winslow shocks us all and does the same. The Wear twins leaving next season sure opens the door for high level recruits to challenge for their spots….

    • EncinitasBruin

      +1. Great Bruin news before we clown-stomp the Snuffaloes this weekend in the RB!