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UCLA stays in the top 25

February 23, 2009 |  5:00 pm

Saturday's upset loss to Washington State might have dropped UCLA into a tie for third place in the Pacific 10 Conference, but it did not end its long-standing  streak in the polls.

The Bruins, who have been ranked in the Associated Press' top 25 for 72 weeks, fell from 20th to 22nd this week. They have a 74-week streak in the coaches' poll, where they fell to No. 15 to No. 19.

"We've got to be better," Coach Ben Howland said on Saturday. "For us to have hope of doing something special with the rest of this season, we've got to get back to work."

Both polls had Washington, a team UCLA defeated last week, at No. 21. Arizona State is ranked 14th in the AP and 11 in the coaches' poll.

UCLA announced that its regular-season finale against Oregon on March 7 will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised on a regional basis by ABC.

-- David Wharton