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Men's Basketball Ranked No. 2 in Preseason Coaches Poll

Oct 28, 2021
Jaime Jaquez Jr. (photo by Jesus Ramirez)

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball team has been ranked No. 2 in the Ferris Mowers Coaches preseason top-25 poll, as released on Wednesday.
This marks the Bruins' highest preseason ranking (Coaches Poll) since being tabbed the No. 2 team in the preseason poll in 2007-08, coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2006 and 2007. UCLA was ranked No. 2 in the preseason Associated Press poll earlier this month.
UCLA's program was ranked No. 4 in the preseason Coaches Poll at the beginning of the 2008-09 campaign. Including the 2021-22 poll, the Bruins have been slotted in the preseason Coaches Poll (top-25) in 10 of the last 15 seasons. UCLA was ranked No. 21 in the preseason poll one year ago.
The Bruins compiled a 22-10 record last season, winning five straight games in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA concluded its season with an appearance in the Final Four, advancing as the East Region's champion. UCLA went 13-6 in Pac-12 play and secured a fourth-place finish in the league standings. The Bruins were among four Pac-12 programs to advance to the Sweet 16. UCLA was joined by Pac-12 foes Oregon State and USC in the Elite Eight.
The Bruins advanced to the Final Four for the 19th time in school history and for the first time since the 2007-08 season. After defeating Michigan State in overtime in a "First Four" contest, the Bruins defeated BYU and Abilene Christian to cruise into the Sweet 16. UCLA registered back-to-back wins over Alabama (in overtime) and Michigan to secure the Final Four appearance. UCLA lost to Gonzaga, 93-90, in overtime in the Final Four.
UCLA returns all 10 players who competed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, including the starting five of Tyger Campbell, Jules Bernard, Johnny Juzang, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Cody Riley.
The Bruins' upcoming 31-game regular-season schedule will feature five games against teams currently ranked among the preseason Coaches Poll – No. 4 Villanova (Nov. 12), No. 1 Gonzaga (Nov. 23), No. 20 North Carolina (Dec. 18) and a pair of Pac-12 contests against No. 12 Oregon (Jan. 13, Feb. 24).
In all, the Bruins are scheduled to play 11 games against teams either ranked in the top 25 poll or receiving votes in the poll. Pac-12 opponents USC, Arizona and Colorado have also earned votes in the preseason poll.
UCLA hosts an exhibition game against Chico State on Thursday, Nov. 4. Game time is 7 p.m. (PT). The team's regular-season opener will take place against CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT) in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
The Bruins will host No. 4-ranked Villanova in their second game of the season (Friday, Nov. 12). Game time against Villanova is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (PT).
UCLA's matchup against No. 1 Gonzaga is part of the two-day Good Sam Empire Classic at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UCLA takes on Bellarmine on Monday, Nov. 22, before facing Gonzaga on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Game time against Gonzaga at T-Mobile Arena is set for 7 p.m. (PT).
A limited number of season tickets for the upcoming season are available, starting at $349, by clicking here. The "3 Pointer" mini-plan package, which includes a ticket to games against Villanova, Colorado and Alabama State, are also available by clicking here. UCLA season ticket and mini-plan packages can be purchased online or by calling (310) 206-5991.
Early-season single-game tickets are also available for purchase (click here) or by calling the (310) 825-2101.

2021-22 Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank Team Points 2020-21 Record
1. Gonzaga 771 (29) 31-1
2. UCLA 709 (2) 22-10
3. Kansas 705 21-9
4. Villanova 658 18-7
5. Texas 634 19-8
6. Michigan 627 23-5
7. Purdue 578 18-10
8. Baylor 542 28-2
9. Duke 490 13-11
10. Illinois 466 24-7
11. Kentucky 438 9-16
12. Oregon 382 21-7
13. Alabama 360 26-7
14. Houston 343 28-4
15. Arkansas 340 25-7
16. Memphis 337 20-8
t-17. Tennessee 280 18-9
t-17. Ohio State 280 21-10
19. Florida State 225 18-7
20. North Carolina 224 18-11
21. Maryland 150 17-14
22. Auburn 87 13-14
23. Connecticut 73 15-8
24. St. Bonaventure 71 16-5
25. Virginia 60 18-7