unlv basketball:

After loss at Wisconsin, Rebels remain out of national rankings


Sam Morris

UNLV head coach Dave Rice looks down while walking along the bench during their game against Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. Wisconsin won the game 62-51, dropping UNLV to 9-2 on the season.

The UNLV basketball team still isn’t nationally ranked.

In the weekly rankings released today by the Associated Press, the Rebels (9-2) received 41 votes to land five spots out of the top 25. San Diego State, the Rebels’ league foe in the Mountain West Conference, jumped ahead of UNLV in the voting with 59 votes. If the poll would go to 30 places, SDSU would be No. 28 and UNLV No. 30.

Two weeks ago, following UNLV’s upset of then-No. 1 North Carolina, UNLV vaulted to No. 18 in the poll. However, the Rebels have lost two of their last three games since knocking of North Carolina, falling two weeks ago at Wichita State and last Saturday at Wisconsin.

UNLV returns on Wednesday to the Thomas & Mack Center for the first time since Nov. 22 as it hosts UTEP. The Rebels on Saturday play No. 19 Illinois at the United Center in Chicago.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Not being ranked is a good thing. The ego wants to fight harder for something it doesn't have.

  2. There seems to be so much constant focus on just being in the rankings as if they're just desperate to be taken seriously beyond Nevada's borders.

  3. Hey Ray! I don't know which polls you were looking at but the AP & Coaches Polls both had UNLV @ #26...Not behind SDSU. That per Fox.com Sports.

  4. Those are most likely last weeks polls... where UNLV was just outside of the rankings.

    Go to ESPN's website. We've definitely fallen.

    We have a VERY difficult OOC schedule, a schedule that probably deserves a little more respect than is given, but I don't think we should be panic. If we can win the rest of our OOC games, I believe we'll be back in the rankings. Let's just hope SDSU keeps moving up and that New Mexico starts getting some love, so our conference matchups get more media attention.

  5. Yeah, Fox.com had this weeks first 25 correct because that is what I checked to make sure they were current. Then this a.m. I looked at the newspaper and said oh oh! They (Fox) hadn't updated the also rans. Sorry!

  6. Vegas shouldn't worry about being ranked. They're not a top 25 team. The Rebels need to come to play everyday whether it be at home or on the road. They have lacked the energy to beat a quality team on the road the last two weeks. They have some players that are head cases that don't focus every game, same as last year. Last year's team was mediocre at best....

  7. I'm sure this will help us recuit top players....