Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 | 11 a.m.
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Following a home loss to Oregon on Friday, UNLV basketball dropped in the polls, moving to No. 24 in the Associated Press and No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches polls. The Rebels had been ranked No. 18 in both polls.
The Rebels bounced back from that 83-79 loss to the Ducks with an 82-70 victory against Iowa State a day later. Both games were played at the Thomas & Mack Center as part of the Global Sports Classic. Cincinnati won the tournament, moving up at least four spots in each poll to No. 17 (AP) and No. 16 (Coaches).
Mountain West member New Mexico has surged into the rankings behind a 6-0 start, debuting at No. 25 (AP) and No. 23 (Coaches). San Diego State is in the rankings, too, coming in one spot ahead of UNLV in the AP poll and one behind in the Coaches poll.
Indiana is still No. 1 in both polls, followed by Duke, Michigan and Ohio State. The biggest move by any team was UCLA, which dropped 11 spots (13 to 24) in the Coaches poll and went from No. 11 to unranked in the AP poll. The Bruins lost twice list week, including an embarrassing 70-68 loss to Cal Poly on Sunday night.
This week, the Rebels play two games at home. On Wednesday, they host UC Irvine at 7 p.m., then Saturday at 4 p.m. it’s Hawaii. Both games will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.