When it was over, after 45 minutes of basketball late Thursday, UCLA coach Mick Cronin was understandably upset. He was disappointed that his Bruins had a terrible practice a day earlier. He was incensed that Oregon, from his perspective, was the more focused and motivated team.
"You're either humbled and hungry like [Oregon was] trying to pull the so-called upset," Cronin said, "or you're arrogant without cause because we've won nothing."
Final score: Oregon 84, UCLA 81.
Yes, Oregon won at Pauley Pavilion in overtime despite closing as a 10-point underdog. And because the Ducks have struggled so much this season that they still rank outside of the top 75 of the NET, the loss currently qualifies as a Quadrant 3 loss for the Bruins, who have beaten Villanova at home and won at Marquette but, to Cronin's point, done little else of note this season. They're now 4-1 in the first two quadrants with one additional loss coming in Quadrant 3. Consequently, I've dropped UCLA to 16th in Friday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. It's a big drop, sure. But it should be noted that UCLA is now one of only two schools in the Top 25 And 1 with a Quadrant 3 loss on its resume.
The other is Duke.
The good news for UCLA is that Oregon has won four straight and is obviously playing better than the version of itself that started 6-6 with losses to Arizona State and Stanford -- point being the Ducks likely will crack the top 75 of the NET soon, which would turn that Quadrant 3 loss into a Quadrant 2 loss for UCLA. But, for now, the loss to Oregon is a Quadrant 3 loss and one that, for what it's worth, also dropped the Bruins out of the top 10 of every reputable computer ranking.
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Top 25 And 1 rankings
|Jabari Smith finished with 25 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's 81-77 win at Alabama. The Tigers' next game is Saturday at Ole Miss.||--||28-6|
|Baylor finished with 14 turnovers and 14 assists in Tuesday's 65-62 loss to Texas Tech. The Bears' next game is Saturday against Oklahoma State.||--||27-7|
|Drew Timme finished with 30 points and five rebounds in Thursday's 110-84 win over BYU. The Zags' next game is Saturday at Santa Clara.||1||28-4|
|Max Christie finished with 16 points and five rebounds in Wednesday's 71-69 win over Minnesota. The Spartans' next game is Saturday against Northwestern.||1||23-13|
|Brad Davison finished with 25 points and three rebounds in Thursday's 78-68 win over Ohio State. The Badgers' next game is Tuesday at Northwestern.||1||25-8|
|Darius Days finished with 20 points and six rebounds in Wednesday's 64-58 win at Florida. The Tigers' next game is Saturday against Arkansas.||1||22-12|
|Trevion Williams finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's 74-67 win at Penn State. The Boilermakers' next game is Friday against Nebraska.||1||29-8|
|Ochai Agbaji finished with 22 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's 62-61 win over Iowa State. The Jayhawks' next game is Saturday against West Virginia.||1||34-6|
|Josh Carlton finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's 76-66 win over Wichita State. The Cougars' next game is Saturday at Tulsa.||1||32-6|
|Justin Kier finished with 14 points and four rebounds in Thursday' s 76-55 win over Colorado. The Wildcats' next game is Saturday against Utah.||1||33-4|
|Collin Gillespie finished with 21 points and three rebounds in Wednesday's 64-60 win at Xavier. The Wildcats' next game is Sunday against Butler.||1||30-8|
|Chevez Goodwin finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday's 81-71 win over Oregon State. The Trojans' next game is Saturday against Oregon.||1||26-8|
|Iowa State finished with two more turnovers than assists in Tuesday's 62-61 loss at Kansas. The Cyclones' next game is Saturday against Texas.||1||22-13|
|Paolo Banchero finished with 24 points and five rebounds in Wednesday's 76-64 win at Wake Forest. The Blue Devils' next game is Saturday against NC State.||1||32-7|
|Kevin Obanor finished with 17 points and two steals in Thursday's 78-57 win over Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders' next game is Saturday at Kansas State.||1||27-10|
|Jaime Jaquez finished with just four points and four turnovers in Thursday's 84-81 overtime loss to Oregon. The Bruins' next game is Saturday against Oregon State.||13||27-8|
|Xavier missed 19 of the 24 3-pointers it attempted in Wednesday's 64-60 loss to Villanova. The Musketeers' next game is Saturday against Creighton.||2||23-13|
|Ohio State missed 16 of the 19 3-pointers it attempted in Thursday's 78-68 loss at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes' next game is Sunday against Penn State.||--||20-12|
|Santiago Vescovi finished with 14 points and five assists in Tuesday's 66-46 win over South Carolina. The Vols' next game is Saturday at Kentucky.||1||27-8|
|Oscar Tschiebwe finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday's 78-66 win at Vanderbilt. The Wildcats' next game is Saturday against Tennessee.||1||26-8|
|Nate Watson finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's 83-73 win over St. John's. The Friars are on a COVID pause.||1||27-6|
|Braden Norris finished with 23 points and four assists in Loyola Chicago's 81-74 double-overtime win over Valparaiso. The Ramblers' next game is Saturday at Indiana State.||1||25-8|
|Trent Frazier finished with 29 points and five assists in Tuesday's 81-71 win at Nebraska. The Illini's next game is Friday against Michigan.||1||23-10|
|Andrew Jones finished with 22 points and four steals in Tuesday's 66-52 win over Oklahoma. The Longhorns' next game is Saturday at Iowa State.||1||22-12|
|Jalen Bridges finished with 22 points and five rebounds in Tuesday's 70-60 win over Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers' next game is Saturday at Kansas.||1||16-17|
|Seton Hall lost 96-92 at Depaul on Thursday despite finishing 29-of-32 from the free throw line. The Pirates' next game is Saturday at Marquette.||9||21-11|