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UCLA back in the top 20

March 2, 2009 |  6:01 pm

UCLA's Darren Collison (center) and Alfred Aboya (left) celebrate a basket by Collison during the second half against Cal at Haas Pavilion.

Two wins equal two spots.

That's how it worked out for UCLA after a sweep of Stanford and California in the Bay Area last week, the Bruins rising from No. 22 to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll.

They did just as well in the coaches poll, moving from No. 19 to No. 17.

Coach Ben Howland seemed especially pleased after the victories, a far different mood than he showed during a recent stretch when his team lost three of four.

"It's amazing how you can go from feeling so bad to feeling so good," he said.

The Bruins still have a shot at tying for the Pacific 10 Conference title if they sweep the Oregon schools at home this week and front-runner Washington loses its regular-season finale at home against rival Washington State.

University officials announced that Thursday's game against Oregon State will be televised by Prime Ticket at 7:30 p.m.

-- David Wharton

Photo: UCLA's Darren Collison (center) and Alfred Aboya (left) celebrate a basket by Collison during the second half against Cal at Haas Pavilion. Credit: Kyle Terada/US Presswire.

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