Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.
The UNLV basketball team isn’t ranked in either major poll Monday for a third consecutive week, after splitting a pair of games last week. And, at least according to voters, the Rebels are the fourth best team in the Mountain West Conference.
The Rebels are still in the ‘others receiving votes’ category of the Associated Press rankings, but the votes they received from the 65-member voting panel has decreased significantly after losing last Saturday at Boise State. Last week, the Rebels (17-5 overall, 4-3 Mountain West) received 56 votes in the AP poll. This week, they got just 13 votes in falling further out of the top-25 — their point total is good enough for 37th place.
In the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the Rebels received 12 votes, or 24 fewer than last week.
Here’s the fact that will be alarming to UNLV fans: Colorado State of the Mountain West, which beat UNLV two weeks ago, received 49 votes.
New Mexico, which UNLV hosts Saturday, is the lone league team ranked in both polls. The Lobos are No. 15 in the AP rankings and No. 16 in the Coaches’ Poll. San Diego State of the Mountain West came in at No. 25 in the Coaches’ Poll and received 17 votes in the AP rankings.
The AP top five are: Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Duke and Kansas.