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Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 | 10:25 a.m.
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For the first time this college basketball season, UNLV will take the court as a non-ranked team.
Monday, the Rebels fell into the ‘others receiving votes’ category of both major polls, dropping from their No. 23 spot last week in USA Today Coaches’ Poll after splitting a pair of road Mountain West Conference games last week.
In the Associated Press rankings, UNLV received 32 votes from the 65-member voting panel — 61 behind No. 25 Miami. The Rebels (15-4, 2-2) would be 30th in the AP rankings; No. 27 in the Coaches’ Poll.
New Mexico is the league’s lone team ranked in both polls, coming in at No. 15 in the AP standings and No. 17 in the Coaches’ Poll. San Diego State, which lost last week to UNLV and Wyoming, fell to the No. 25 in the Coaches’ Poll and out of the AP rankings. The Aztecs, after losing by seven points last Wednesday at home to UNLV, scored just nine first-half points Saturday in losing at Wyoming. Following its win at San Diego State, UNLV came up short Saturday in a 66-61 loss at Colorado State.
Wyoming (15-2, 2-1), which UNLV hosts Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center, received votes in both polls. In the AP, it received 28 votes, while San Diego State received 26.
Duke is again the nation’s No. 1 team in both polls, receiving 35 first-place votes in the AP poll. Duke is followed by No. 2 Michigan, while Kansas and Syracuse received an identical number of votes for third place, and previous No. 1 Louisville is No. 5. Duke, with the exception of last week following a loss at NC State, has been ranked in the top spot every week.
Illinois, UCLA and Marquette each dropped from the AP rankings.