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UCLA Ranked No. 6 In USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Poll
By: UCLA Athletics

Nov. 2, 2001

In the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll released Nov. 1, UCLA is ranked No. 6 in the U. S. Duke the defending NCAA Champion, received 30 of 31 first-place votes and is No. 1.

The Top 10 teams are - 1. Duke, 2. Illinois, 3. Maryland, 4. Kentucky, 5. Florida, 6. UCLA, 7. Kansas, 8. Iowa, 9. Missouri and No. 10 St. Joseph's. UCLA received 595 votes after finishing No. 12 in last year's final poll.

UCLA could face both Kansas and Duke at the upcoming Maui Invitational (Nov. 19-21). UCLA's first-round opponent is Houston and Kansas plays Ball State in the same bracket. Duke is in the other bracket and opens with Seton Hall. Kansas also visits Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 12

Other ranked Bruin opponents are - No. 14 Georgetown (Dec. 29 in Pauley Pavilion), No. 15 Stanford (Jan. 24 in Pauley Pavilion/Feb. 23 at Stanford) and No. 24 USC (Jan. 10 at the Forum/Feb. 6 in Pauley Pavilion).

Also receiving votes for the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 were Bruin opponents - Alabama (Dec. 8 at the Wooden Classic, The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim), Arizona (Jan. 19 at Arizona/Feb. 14 in Pauley Pavilion), Arizona State (Jan. 17 at ASU/Feb. 16 in Pauley Pavilion) and California (Jan. 26 in Pauley Pavilion/Feb. 21 at Cal).

USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Poll
1. Duke
2. Illinois
3. Maryland
4. Kentucky
5. Florida
6. UCLA
7. Kansas
8. Iowa
9. Missouri
10. St. Joseph's
11. Virginia
12. Michigan State
13. Memphis
14. Georgetown
15. Stanford
16. Boston College
17. Temple
18. Oklahoma State
19. North Carolina
20. Syracuse
21. Indiana
22. Texas
23. Oklahoma
24. USC
25. Fresno State

EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 75 - 81
Sunday, Feb 14
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
W, 78 - 65
Thursday, Feb 18
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
L, 73 - 75
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 53
Thursday, Feb 25
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 63 - 75
Saturday, Feb 27
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
L, 70 - 79
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 76
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 82 - 86
Wednesday, Mar 09
vs. USC
Las Vegas, NV
L, 71 - 95
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