Monday, January 07, 2008

Bruins Maintain No.5 Spot, Begin Climb Up RPI

By Bruin Basketball Report


After sweeping through the Bay area last week with convincing victories over Stanford and California, UCLA maintained its spot at No.5 in both the AP and Coaches polls. 


The top four teams, North Carolina, Memphis, Kansas, and Washington State, each won their games last week to remain undefeated and maintain their 1-4 spots in both polls.


UCLA (14-1, 2-0) and Washington State (13-0, 2-0) clash next Saturday at Pauley Pavilion in a titanic match-up between the top best teams in the Pac-10 conference.


Stanford, ranked No.23, is the only other Pac-10 school to occupy a spot in both polls.  Surprisingly, the Coaches poll has Arizona at No.24 despite the Wildcats dropping a home game on Saturday to Oregon.


Herb Sendek's Arizona Sun Devils made a push in the polls earning votes from both writers and coaches.  The Sun Devils swept both Oregon schools at home last week and are currently tied atop the Pac-10 standings with the Bruins.


Although still early in the season, UCLA's RPI improved dramatically with their two road wins last week.  The Bruin's RPI ranking improved from 55 to 15, in addition its SOS (Strength of Schedule) improved from 209 to 46.

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4 Comments:

At Jan 8, 2008, 6:39:00 AM, Anonymous Brew In said...

As long as UCLA sits atop the conference and those Trojan/condoms settle into the lower tier, I'll be one happy camper...anyone looking forward to the WSU-UCLA game on Saturday like I am? Why just the idea of it is worth crackin' open another Miller Lite!
GO
B - R - U - I - N - S

 
At Jan 8, 2008, 8:10:00 AM, Anonymous Big Woof! said...

Brew In,
Miller Lite??
C'mon Dude, change to:
Micro-Brew In, and sip a good one!
I think we're all looking forward to the match up with the Cougs, but the team has to be careful not to overlook the Dogs first! I'm sure Coach Ben is emphasizing it now, but this is the kind of game, after 2 big road wins and leading up to a top 5 conference clash, where a letdown could occur. Let's hope the team is good and ready for both games!!

 
At Jan 8, 2008, 8:10:00 AM, Anonymous Big Woof! said...

Brew In,
Miller Lite??
C'mon Dude, change to:
Micro-Brew In, and sip a good one!
I think we're all looking forward to the match up with the Cougs, but the team has to be careful not to overlook the Dogs first! I'm sure Coach Ben is emphasizing it now, but this is the kind of game, after 2 big road wins and leading up to a top 5 conference clash, where a letdown could occur. Let's hope the team is good and ready for both games!!

 
At Jan 8, 2008, 11:30:00 PM, Anonymous Brew In said...

Sorry Big Wolf, I guess I hang on to my past somewhat with my (Reggie) Miller Lite. But hey, if someone's buying the suds, I'll take a 40 ouncer of anything and toast a Bruin victory! I think we should all buy BBR a cold one for the great work he does here!
Good point on the Huskies...ONE game (victory) at a time!

 

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