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UCLA Basketball Ranked No. 20 In Preseason Coaches Poll

Oct. 20 -- Coming off a disappointing year in which it missed the NCAA Tournament, UCLA checked in at No. 20 in the USA Today Sports preseason coaches poll Thursday...

UCLA has some admirers heading into the basketball season.

The Bruins were ranked No. 20 in the USA Today Sports preseason coaches poll -- the only team with a losing record last year that made the list -- and checked in third among Pac-12 programs, behind No. 5 Oregon and No. 11 Arizona. The Ducks received one first-place vote.

DukeKansasVillanova and Kentucky were the top four, in that order.

UCLA takes the court at Pauley Pavilion for the first time Nov. 1 in an exhibition against Master's University before opening its 2016-17 schedule Nov. 11 against Pacific. The Bruins return some experience, including guards Aaron HolidayBryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton, and added touted freshmen Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf.

The full coaches' poll:

FULL RANKINGS

TOP 25 TEAMS, WEEK 1

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Duke 25-11 792 27 18 17 1/1
2 Kansas 33-5 721 1 3 1 2/2
3 Villanova 35-5 700 1 1 -2 3/3
4 Kentucky 27-9 695 2 16 12 4/4
5 Oregon 31-7 620 1 6 1 5/5
6 North Carolina 33-7 614 0 2 -4 6/6
7 Virginia 29-8 596 0 5 -2 7/7
8 Xavier 28-6 552 0 11 3 8/8
9 Michigan St 29-6 544 0 7 -2 9/9
10 Wisconsin 22-13 487 0 23 13 10/10
11 Arizona 25-9 468 0 22 11 11/11
12 Indiana 27-8 435 0 9 -3 12/12
13 Gonzaga 28-8 371 0 21 8 13/13
14 Louisville 23-8 367 0 NR 0 14/14
15 Purdue 26-9 324 0 19 4 15/15
16 Connecticut 25-11 239 0 33 17 16/16
17 Syracuse 23-14 224 0 10 -7 17/17
18 West Virginia 26-9 204 0 14 -4 18/18
19 St. Mary's 29-6 203 0 40 21 19/19
20 UCLA 15-17 185 0 NR 0 20/20
21 Maryland 27-9 153 0 12 -9 21/21
22 Texas 20-13 124 0 31 9 22/22
23 Creighton 20-15 113 0 NR 0 23/23
24 Rhode Island 17-15 85 0 NR 0 24/24
25 Cincinnati 22-11 75 0 38 13 25/25

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