Monday, December 10, 2007

UCLA In 2008 Wooden Classic, Fall To No.8 In Polls

By Bruin Basketball Report

The Bruins will return to play in the John R. Wooden Classic in 2008, UCLA's' 12th appearance and 6th consecutive in the college basketball doubleheader.

The UCLA vs. Davidson and Saint Mary vs. San Diego State match-ups in the 14th annual event on Saturday attracted 17,440. The Bruins are 8-3 in the event named for their former coach.

Next year's doubleheader will be played on Dec. 13 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. UCLA's opponent and the other matchup will be announced later.

After rallying to defeat Davidson, 75-63, at the Wooden Classic, both weekly polls ranked UCLA (8-1) at No.8.

The Bruins already ranked eigth in last week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll were dropped to the eigth spot in the AP Writers poll this week with Washington State (9-0) overtaking UCLA.

The Cougars had an impressive week defeating No.19 Gonzaga on the road, 51-47, and then had little trouble disposing of Portland State, 72-60 in Pullman.

The Pac-10, considered one of the top conferences in the nation carry a cumulative 62-17 (.785) record against Division I non-conference opponents so far this season. Only two other Pac-10 teams, Oregon and Arizona, are in the top 25 rankings.  The Ducks (7-1) are No.16 in both polls while the Wildcats (6-2) are No.22 in the coaches and No.21 in the writer's voting.

North Carolina, Memphis, and Kansas hold the top three spots in both polls this week.

UCLA faces Idaho State (2-6) this Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.  The Bengals hail from the Big Sky Conference, and in their last game lost to Boise State, 93-61.

BBR Notes: Listing of UCLA basketball starting lineups in history: LINK [New]



At Dec 10, 2007, 5:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt Washington St. drops a game until they face us. Perhaps vs. USC.

At Dec 11, 2007, 12:39:00 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

WSU starts off pac 10 with 3 games on the road - WA,USC, and UCLA. They should 2 out 3 games there. WA-WSU will be a tough game too in Seattle.

At Dec 11, 2007, 3:26:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

I'm sorry but whatever the situation, I pull for the team that plays USC! It would take an awful lot to root for the Trojans against another PAC-10 foe, so I will be cheering on WSU against that Galen Center, stone throw from Pete Carroll-hyped team.

At Dec 11, 2007, 9:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason why UCLA lost the Texas game was the deficit and some questionable decisions in the last three minutes of the game.
If we can avoid deficits and boneheaded plays, we should be able to go 15-3 or 16-2 in the conference this year. Maybe even better.

At Dec 12, 2007, 12:00:00 PM, Anonymous clyde devins said...

The reason they got beat had little to do with bonehead plays than Texas out rebounding them on the Bruins homecourt. Texas was the better team that day period. My hats off to them. Hope we get them again.


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