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UCLA Ranked No. 2 Behind Duke in Basketball Poll; UNLV No. 24

Associated Press

UCLA is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press college basketball poll, the Bruins’ highest ranking since holding the No. 1 spot for two weeks in the 1982-83 season.

The Bruins (2-0) were ranked fourth last week.

Duke (2-0) remained No. 1, getting 63 of 64 first-place votes and 1,599 points from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. UCLA received 1,415 points.

Nevada Las Vegas is back in the top 25 at No. 24 after a 76-55 victory over Louisiana State Saturday night.

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Coach Jerry Tarkanian said he was surprised his club was back in the national rankings. He also said several problems that have hampered his program might have generated a higher level of intensity among the players.

Ranked No. 3 behind UCLA is Arizona (2-0) with 1,403 points, followed by Ohio State (2-0), North Carolina (4-0), Seton Hall (2-0) and St. John’s (3-0), which all jumped two places.

Seton Hall received the only other first-place vote.

Oklahoma State (5-0), which won the preseason National Invitation Tournament with victories over Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech, moved from 11th to eighth. Indiana (1-1) moved up a spot to ninth and Kansas (3-0) is No. 10.

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