Monday, January 28, 2008

Bruins Regain No.5 Spot, Love Wins Pac-10 Honor

By Bruin Basketball Report


With two road victories in the state of Oregon last week, the Bruins moved back up to No.5 in both national polls this week


UCLA pulled out a tough victory against Oregon in Eugene, 80-75, then went to Corvallis to beat the Beavers 85-62. 


Kevin Love was voted Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance in those games.  He recorded a combined 42 points 37 rebounds, his 21 caroms against Oregon State set a UCLA all-time freshman record. 


It marked the third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the freshman center from Lake Oswego HS.


Washington State, which lost to Arizona in Tucson, dropped to No.9 in both polls, while Stanford jumped to No.14 after beating California.  No other Pac-10 team made the top 25 - Arizona State dropped out after losing two games at home to the Washington schools.  Both Arizona and USC gained more votes this week and are creeping up in the polls.


Memphis and Kansas remained No.1 and No.2, respectively.  Duke shot up to No.3 after defeating Virginia Tech and Maryland.  The Blue Devils are followed by North Carolina at the No.4 spot.


As for RPI ranking the Bruins are No.12 and are No.32 in strength of schedule (SOS).


2007-08 UCLA Rankings Weekly Changes: LINK

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5 Comments:

At Jan 29, 2008, 3:42:00 AM, Anonymous Dexter Fishmore said...

Correction: we beat the Beavers 85-62.

 
At Jan 29, 2008, 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did our SOS drop by 12 spots? Oregon is a tough team. Does that matter.

 
At Jan 29, 2008, 10:19:00 AM, Anonymous Rob said...

The reason we were all so bored prior to Pac-10 play was our weak schedule. A SOS of 32 at this point in the season is ridiculous.

 
At Jan 29, 2008, 12:38:00 PM, Anonymous Dexter Fishmore said...

Oregon is a tough team, yes, but OSU is awful. The Beavers are probably the worst team in any of the six BCS conferences.

 
At Jan 29, 2008, 1:46:00 PM, Anonymous willis said...

Also remember that although Oregon may be a "tough team", they have lost 4 in a row, including 2 in a row at home! If the season were over today they probably would not go to the BIG DANCE.

 

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