Top-25's: The facts

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Posted by Dr.Bruin on July 09, 2018 at 19:28:34

In Reply to: Great find! posted by BruinBlue1 on July 09, 2018 at 10:30:35

If you are offended by an article that claims we shouldn't be a top-25 team next season, then why don't you find one that says we will? (Does one exist?) Instead, making the same old arguments that have no merit (e.g. we can't get a better coach, UCLA has the most players leave prematurely, UCLA is the most difficult place in the country to win, etc. etc.) you go on one of your epic excuse making filibusters.

Here are the facts: Aside from 2017 (Thanks Lonzo!), in the AP polls after December 1 (poll standing before that is based on preseason potential rather than real accomplishments) UCLA has been ranked in the top-25 only five times in 62 weeks under Alford. Three of them were before January. The only time we were higher than 20th (18th) was the first poll in December in 2013-14 after we had beaten seven mediocre teams. Without looking it up, I would guess that there are many, many teams who have been ranked more often than that.

And no, going to the Sweet 16 does not make a team top-25.

Then you make the usual bogus excuses for not making the top-25 last season:

Last year's team had less scholarship players than any school in the country, and three of them were freshman, none of whom got drafted

I'm guessing most coaches in the country would rather have our nine scholarship players (five of whom were top-40 recruits and two were drafted by the NBA) than their 13. Face it, UCLA is always going to get multiple freshmen who are good enough to be rotation players. So by your logic, Alford can't make the top-25 because he recruits so well. Huh?

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