Monday, January 16, 2006

UCLA Drop In Rankings After Split At Home

By Bruin Basketball Report

In college basketball rankings released earlier today, the UCLA Bruins are ranked No.16 in the ESPN/USA Today and No.18 in the AP polls.

UCLA (14-3, 4-2) dropped four spots in the ESPN/USA Today and a huge seven spots in the AP. It would appear AP voters took into account the multitude of injuries on the team in the present ranking.

The Bruins split a pair of home games last week with a victory over Washington St. on Thursday 63-61 and a defeat to Washington on Saturday 69-65.

The Washington Huskies (14-2, 3-2) were rewarded with a return to the top 10 ranking in both polls after a sweep over the southern California schools last week. The Huskies were ranked No.13 last week.

The Bruins and Huskies are the only two Pac-10 teams ranked this week.

For the first time since 2000, the Arizona Wildcats (10-6, 3-3) were swept in Oregon, as a result the Wildcats were dropped from both polls.

The Bruin's non-conference opponent on Saturday, West Virginia, jumped in the polls after victories over Providence and Georgetown last week. The Mountaineers are No.12 in the AP and No.17 the ESPN/USA Today polls setting up a big top 25 clash against UCLA this coming weekend.

The Bruins dropped in RPI ranking to No.12 (from No.10) but remain the top ranked Pac-10 team in terms of RPI.

UCLA's strength of schedule (SOS) jumped significantly to No.8 (from No.22) after playing two Top 50 RPI ranked team last week in Washington and Washington St.



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