MEN'S BASKETBALL T.J. Cummings forms his own identity at UCLA

Florida's streak of 94 straight poll appearances came to an end.
Even as a youngster on the playground, T.J. Cummings took a lot of grief for being the son of college and NBA star Terry Cummings.
"It's something that I had to conquer pretty much from grade school playing at recess," he said. "At certain times, people expected me to be the same kind of player as him."
Now a senior forward at UCLA, the younger Cummings has finally escaped his father's shadow.
He was averaging 12.5 points and 6.6 rebounds and was shooting 82 percent from the free throw line going into this week's games. He needed 58 points for 1,000 in his career.
"I'm really happy for the fact that I've started to become my own player," he said.
Cummings pays tribute to his father by wearing No. 43, a reverse of Terry's old No. 34 jersey. Terry played at DePaul and then was the NBA's rookie of the year in 1983 with the old San Diego Clippers.
T.J. wasn't always interested in basketball. He was a good high school football player in San Antonio. Terry came to one of his son's games while nursing a torn knee ligament. T.J. was playing special teams, caught the kickoff and ran for a touchdown.
"He ran the whole sideline with me. He had these crutches, so you can only imagine," T.J. said, laughing at the memory.
Polling place
When Florida dropped out of the Top 25 this week it ended the Gators' run of being ranked in 94 consecutive polls, a streak that dated to Feb. 8, 1999.
The longest current streak belongs to Duke, which had been ranked in 143 consecutive polls, a run that started with the preseason Top 25 in 1996-97.
Kansas is second with 70 straight polls, followed by: Kentucky (56), Arizona (50), Pittsburgh (38), Texas (33), Wake Forest (28), Stanford (22), Wisconsin (18) and Connecticut (16).
The record for consecutive poll appearances is 221 by UCLA. The Bruins' run started with the preseason poll of 1966-67 and ended Jan. 8, 1980, a span that included eight national championships.
To make UCLA's run even more impressive, the Bruins were ranked No. 1 for 106 of those 221 polls.