Monday, March 03, 2008

Bruins Climb to No.2 and No.3 in Polls

By Bruin Basketball Report


With a sweep in the desert of both Arizona schools, the Bruins leap-frogged Memphis in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches to No.2 and climbed to No.3 in the AP this week.


The team has not been ranked this high since the third week of the season when the Bruins were No.1 and No.2 in the Coaches and AP polls, respectively. The following week they suffered a loss at home to Texas.


UCLA is now ranked No.7 in the RPI and are No. 34 in terms of strength of schedule.


The Bruins have a chance to improve upon their position when they face No.7 ranked Stanford at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night. UCLA finishes the regular season Saturday against California on "Senior Day".


Track weekly changes in UCLA rankings here.


ESPN/USA Today Poll


1. North Carolina (19) 27-2, 763
2. UCLA (6) 26-3, 718
3. Memphis (6) 28-1, 717
4. Tennessee 26-3, 695
5. Duke 25-3, 621
6. Kansas 26-3, 618
7. Stanford 24-4, 572
8. Wisconsin 24-4, 535
9. Texas 24-5, 533
10. Georgetown 24-4, 521
11. Xavier 25-4, 492
12. Butler 27-3, 393
13. Louisville 24-6, 368
14. Connecticut 23-6, 356
15. Purdue 23-6, 314
16. Vanderbilt 24-5, 305
17. Indiana 24-5, 297
18. Michigan State 23-6, 283
19. Notre Dame 22-6, 246
20. Marquette 21-7, 141
21. Drake 25-4, 116
22. Washington State 22-7, 102
23. Gonzaga 23-6, 99
24. Brigham Young 23-6, 94
25. Mississippi State 20-8, 44


Others Receiving Votes:
Clemson 43, Saint Mary's 29, Davidson 27, Pittsburgh 7, UNLV 6, USC 6, Baylor 5, Kentucky 4, South Alabama 3, Western Kentucky 1, Arizona State 1.



AP Top 25


1. North Carolina (38) 27-2, 1,745
2. Memphis (21) 28-1, 1,706
3. UCLA (12) 26-3, 1,664
4. Tennessee (1) 26-3, 1,625
5. Kansas 26-3, 1,459
6. Duke 25-3, 1,403
7. Stanford 24-4, 1,317
8. Xavier 25-4, 1,232
9. Texas 24-5, 1,227
10. Wisconsin 24-4, 1,199
11. Georgetown 24-4, 1,147
12. Louisville 24-6, 1,010
13. Connecticut 23-6, 848
14. Butler 27-3, 813
15. Purdue 23-6, 779
16. Vanderbilt 24-5, 658
17. Michigan State 23-6, 657
18. Indiana 24-5, 646
19. Notre Dame 22-6, 578
20. Drake 25-4, 346
21. Marquette 21-7, 334
22. Gonzaga 23-6, 323
23. Washington State 22-7, 245
24. Clemson 21-7, 124
25. Davidson 23-6, 74


Others Receiving Votes:
Brigham Young 63, Mississippi State 34, South Alabama 27, Pittsburgh 25, Saint Mary's 22, Kent State 19, Miami (FL) 13, Baylor 7, UAB 7, USC 7, Arizona State 4, Virginia Commonwealth 3, Western Kentucky 3, Texas A&M 3, Cornell 2, Robert Morris 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.

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11 Comments:

At Mar 3, 2008, 5:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great time to be peaking. Just what you want! Let's keep it going Bruins! Big game on Thurs... keep your heads in the game and we should be fine. JOSH - don't think SSSOOO much, just go with the flow and your game will come.

 
At Mar 3, 2008, 5:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't look now people, but I think it's time to BOOGIE.

 
At Mar 3, 2008, 9:57:00 PM, Anonymous Alex said...

Here we go Bruins...Here we go!! Still have the Pac-10 Tournament too!!
Go Bruins!

 
At Mar 3, 2008, 11:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm rather worried about the Bruins experiencing a hangover against Cal Saturday if they win the sure-to-be emotional game Thursday night. This happened last season against UW, of course, and it cost the Bruins a #1 seed. UCLA is best when focused and frankly terrible when distracted and lethargic. Let's hope for a big senior night out of UCLA and a Duke win Saturday.

 
At Mar 3, 2008, 11:51:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

We're at home and we are taking both games!
Bruins achieve what ya set out at the start of the season!! Pac 10 CHAMPS
Ding ding ding it's on!!
Head to Q's on Wilshire at 700pm - First Floor by pool tables...ask the bartender where the UCLA group is....

 
At Mar 4, 2008, 1:56:00 AM, Anonymous willis said...

If Stanford and UCLA end up tied for the Pac-10 title after Saturday's games, what is the tie breaker for the #1 seed in the Pac-10 tourney?

 
At Mar 4, 2008, 2:08:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Tie breaker goes to Stanford...it boils down to the USC game which Stanford has the edge over us....
This game is for 1st place...

 
At Mar 4, 2008, 4:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does it boil down to the u$c game?

 
At Mar 4, 2008, 5:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding of it is, that if we ended up tied with Stanford at the end of the regular season, the tiebreaker goes to Stanford because USC would be the highest placed pac10 team where UCLA/Stanford's record against this year are different, with us losing at home and Stanford having already beaten them at their home, so they can only potentially lose to USC when they're away on Saturday.

 
At Mar 4, 2008, 5:22:00 AM, Anonymous Gen2Bruin1987 said...

Depends on how UCLA and Stanford end up tied on Saturday. The above scenarios assume UCLA loses to Stanford and both teams win on Saturday. If both teams lose on Saturday, they are still tied for first. However, their records would be the same against USC. You would need to go to the next team which is ASU. Guess who wins that tiebreaker. Is that confusing enough? If not, I got another one that I can share.

 
At Mar 4, 2008, 4:47:00 PM, Anonymous Larry said...

Ah heck... let's just win and forget all this other nonsense! GO BRUINS!!

 

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