Thursday, Dec. 30, 1976 | midnight
NEW YORK (UPI)- Although Michigan maintained No. 1 ranking this week in the United Press International Board of Coaches’ college basketball ratings, other teams were gaining ground, including UNLV.
The Rebels, who captured their own Roundball Classic last week, moved up from 11th in the ratings to ninth.
Putting the pressure on Michigan are second-ranked Notre Dame and third-ranked San Francisco, which both gained on the Wolverines total points.
Michigan, which defeated Central Michigan 104-63 last week for its fifth victory without a loss, received 365 points, 41 less than the week before, while Notre Dame, 7-0 after trouncing Vermont 89-48, picked up 40 points for a total of 275.
San Francisco, which defeated Oral Roberts 86-76 and Cal Poly Pomona 96-68 to improve its record to 12-0, picked up four first-place votes and a 244-point total.
Alabama remained No. 4, but Cincinnati moved into the No. 5 position, replacing Marquette, which lost its second game, 66-59 to Minnesota, and dropped to No. 14.
North Carolina climber from No. 9 to No. 6, Kentucky remained No. 7 and UCLA No. 8. Wake Forest, unbeaten in seven games, jumped from No. 12 to No. 10, replacing Clemson, which was idle.
The second 10 in order were: Clemson, Minnesota, Arizona, Marquette, Louisville, Maryland, Arkansas, Syracuse, Iowa and Oregon.