UCLA is rising up in the state of California college basketball power rankings

Due to their strong play at the beginning of the month and placement in our power rankings, a few teams in the state of California are setting themselves apart from other teams and one of those teams is UCLA.

Feb 10, 2024; Berkeley, California, USA; The UCLA Bruins bench celebrates a 3-point basket against
Feb 10, 2024; Berkeley, California, USA; The UCLA Bruins bench celebrates a 3-point basket against / D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
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Let's take a look at the state of Californian teams ranked No. 5 through No. 3 in these power rankings.

18-7 Overall Record. 5. UC Irvine jkdlfjds l;. 2352. . 11-2 Conference Record. . . .

Most impressive victories this season: @ USC (70-60), Toledo (77-71) in Ball Dawgs Classic, @ Hawai'i (60-50), UC San Diego (76-65), and @ Long Beach State (72-61).

Quadrant 1 and 2 defeats this season: @ Utah State (69-79), @ San Diego State (62-63), @ New Mexico (65-78), @ Duquesne (62-66), and @ UC Davis (52-54).

San Fran basketball. 2515. . 20-6 Overall Record. . . . 9-2 Conference Record. 4.

Most impressive victories this season: Minnesota (76-58), Seattle (62-59), Santa Clara (71-70), and Loyola Marymount (90-74).

Quadrant 1 and 2 defeats this season: @ Boise State (58-63), Grand Canyon (72-76), Utah State (53-54), Saint Mary's (60-77), and @Gonzaga (72-77)

NCAA Tournament Bracketology Projection. 9-5 Conference Record. 518. UCLA the best. . 3. NCAA Tournament Resume. 14-11 Overall Record. .

Most impressive victories this season: Washington (73-61), @ USC (65-50), Oregon (71-63), @Stanford (82-74), and Colorado (64-60).

Quadrant 1 and 2 defeats this season: @ Villanova (56-65), Ohio State (60-67) in CBS Sports Classic, Marquette (69-71) in Allstate Maui Invitational, Gonzaga (65-69) in Allstate Maui Invitational, Maryland (60-69), @ Oregon (59-64), Stanford (53-59), @ Utah (44-90), and @ Arizona (71-77).

Most important factors for UCLA in their bid for postseason play: The Bruins have won six straight games and three of them being on the road. UCLA has also won eight of their last nine games with their only loss being on the road to No. 5 ranked Arizona.