UCLA Basketball Ranked No. 20 in Preseason Coaches Poll

Oct. 20, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's basketball team has been ranked No. 20, nationally, in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, as released on Thursday afternoon. The Bruins are joined by Pac-12 opponents Arizona (16) and California (24) in this year's preseason poll.

The Bruins went 23-11 in 2010-11, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in March. UCLA finished second in the then-Pac-10 Conference with a 13-5 record.

UCLA returns three starters from last season's team - senior guard Lazeric Jones, junior forward Reeves Nelson and sophomore center Joshua Smith. Nelson led the Bruins last season with 13.9 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game. In addition, UCLA welcomes sophomore 6-foot-10 forwards David and Travis Wear, who sat out last season due to NCAA rules after transferring from North Carolina.

In each of Ben Howland's previous eight seasons as the UCLA head coach, the Bruins have either been ranked or receiving votes in the preseason Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls. Last season, UCLA entered the season having received votes in each of the two preseason polls. This year's preseason AP poll has not yet been released.

With UCLA's Pauley Pavilion undergoing renovation through the 2011-12 season, the team will play their 18 home games at local sites this year in the "Bruin Road Show." The Bruins will play 14 home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and four at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

UCLA opens the "Bruin Road Show" in Ontario, Calif., with an exhibition game Sunday, Nov. 6, against Cal State San Bernardino at Citizens Business Bank Arena. That game is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

The Bruins' regular season gets underway Friday, Nov. 11, against Loyola Marymount at the L.A. Sports Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA