After winning two consecutive games against Stanford and Cal this past week, UCLA was snubbed a spot in the Top 25.
While this sparked debate about the East Coast bias in college basketball, there are a few key things that the Bruins can do on their end to ensure that they not only make the Top 25 but climb the rankings as they continue in Pac-12 conference play.
Because UCLA won’t face another team currently ranked in the Top 25 this season—as No. 1 Arizona is the only Pac-12 team to be slotted in the Top 25—voters in the rankings polls will look for UCLA to achieve a few vital factors in order to deem the Bruins worthy of a spot in the rankings.
Among them are UCLA’s domination of the Pac-12’s lower-tier teams, their ability to win road games and win games by a generous margin, and establishing a significant winning streak.
Here’s how the Bruins can fulfill those goals in order to enter and ascend the national rankings.