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UCLA Ranked No. 12 in USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Men's BB Preseason Poll
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Release:  11/01/2002

Nov. 1, 2002

Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins are ranked No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll that was released Thursday. Along with the Bruins, also rated in the nation's preseason Top 25 from the Pacific-10 Conference include - No. 1 Arizona and No. 9 Oregon, with California, USC and Stanford also receiving votes. There are two other Bruin opponents on the 2002-03 schedule also ranked in the preseason Top 25 - No. 2 Kansas (UCLA faces KU at Lawrence, KS on Dec. 21) and No. 6 Duke (UCLA plays the Blue Devils on Nov. 30 at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis).

ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll

School/'01 Rec./Pts./Final '01/Comment
1. Arizona (27) /24-10 /770 /10 /Too much talent not to be early team to beat.
2. Kansas (3) /33-4 /740 /2 /Dry those eyes Roy, you've got another shot.
3. Oklahoma (1) /31-5 /680 /4 /Sooner or later, OU will be ranked No. 1.
4. Pittsburgh /29-6 /613 /9 /Quietly lurking with its own five starters back.
5. Texas /22-12 /583 /18t /These 'Horns can lose a few and still win it all.
6. Duke /31-4 /574 /5 /No. 6 with six freshmen ... unbelievable.
7. Florida /22-9 /554 /23 /Haven't been Sweet since '00 title-game loss.
8. Alabama /27-8 /494 /14 /Expectations never been higher on hardwood.
9. Oregon /26-9 /475 /6t /"Luke & Luke Show" goes primetime.
10. Michigan State /19-12 /439 /NR /Should live up to early ranking this season.
11. Xavier /26-6 /386 /24 /Could run the table in weak A-10.
12. UCLA /21-12 /322 /20 /Expect sixth Sweet 16 under Lavin at least.
13. Mississippi State /27-8 /321 /21 /Super Mario (no, not that one) back for more.
14. Connecticut /27-7 /314 /6t /Could win more games than Lady Huskies.
15. Maryland /32-4 /285 /1 /No Juan + No Lonny = No Love for champs.
16. Georgia /22-10 /269 /NR /Who needs freshmen with Hayes twins around.
17. Kentucky /22-10 /262 /13 /Will rise or fall with each jumper Bogans takes.
18. Missouri /24-12 /221 /15 /Only fourth-best in nation's toughest league.
19. Marquette /26-7 /215 /18t /Finally, a new C-USA favorite.
20. Cincinnati /31-4 /168 /8 /... Uh, did you forget about us?
21. Indiana /25-12 /167 /3 /About where IU started on March 14, 2002.
22. Gonzaga /29-4 /163 /16 /It's back to proving voters wrong again.
23. Western Kentucky /28-4 /151 /NR /Again, Hilltoppers are more than just Marcus.
24. Minnesota /18-13 /86 /NR /This year's Big Ten surprise?
25. Illinois /26-9 /83 /11 /Too young to expect too much more.

Others receiving votes (with 2001-02 record): North Carolina State (23-11) 82; Virginia (17-12) 76; Tulsa (27-7) 67; Wisconsin (19-13) 58; Wyoming (22-9) 42; Syracuse (23-12) 40; Villanova (19-13) 40; Oklahoma State (23-9) 37; Ohio State (24-8) 37; Notre Dame (22-11) 31; Creighton (23-9) 30; Texas Tech (23-9) 29; Boston College (20-12) 17; Wake Forest (21-13) 17; Georgia Tech (15-16) 16; UNLV (20-10) 13; California (23-9) 11; Iowa State (12-19) 11; Ball State (23-12) 10; Hawaii (27-6) 10; Louisville (19-13) 10; Mississippi (20-11) 10; Southern California (22-10) 9; Pepperdine (22-9) 7; Southern Illinois (28-8) 7; Georgetown (19-11) 6; Pennsylvania (25-7) 3; UC-Santa Barbara (20-11) 3; Dayton (21-11) 2; Stanford (20-10) 2; Temple (19-15) 2; Hampton (26-6) 1; Kent State (30-6) 1; LSU (19-15) 1; Miami (Fla.) (24-8) 1; Utah State (23-8) 1.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The 2002-03 board: Dana Altman, Creighton; Eddie Biedenbach, North Carolina-Asheville, Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Tim Carter, Texas-San Antonio; Barry Collier, Nebraska; Joe Cravens, Weber State; Dick Davey, Santa Clara; Mike Dement, Southern Methodist; Fran Dunphy, Pennsylvania; Jessie Evans, Louisiana-Lafayette; Rob Evans, Arizona State; Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Pat Flannery, Bucknell; Tom Green, Fairleigh Dickinson; David Henderson, Delaware; Dan Hipsher, Akron; Bob Huggins, Cincinnati; Gene Keady, Purdue; Jim Kerwin, Western Illinois; Bob McKillop, Davidson; Joe Mihalich, Niagara; Ron Mitchell, Coppin State; Dave Odom, South Carolina; Oliver Purnell, Dayton; Rick Samuels, Eastern Illinois; Kirk Speraw, Central Florida; Bob Thomason, Pacific; Perry Watson, Detroit Mercy; Davey L. Whitney, Alcorn State; Gary Williams, Maryland; Dennis Wolff, Boston University.


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