Rebels ranked No. 11 in both polls following weekend victory against No. 13 San Diego State


Sam Morris

UNLV guard Anthony Marshall drives to the hoop for the go-ahead basket against San Diego State during their Mountain West Conference game Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won the game 65-63.

The UNLV basketball team is one spot away from being ranked in the top 10 in both major polls.

The Rebels on Monday were ranked No. 11 by the Associated Press, rising three spots after last week beating No. 13 San Diego State, 65-63. The Aztecs remained ranked No. 13 — a good indication of the respect UNLV and San Diego State have nationally. Last week, after losing to Wyoming, UNLV only saw its ranking drop three spots.

In the coaches’ poll, UNLV climbed five spots from last week to No. 11. San Diego State fell to No. 15.

The Rebels (22-4, 6-2) are in a three-way tie with San Diego State and New Mexico for first place in the Mountain West Conference. This week, they play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at TCU and at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Mexico, which will be televised nationally by CBS.

Kentucky is the consensus No. 1 ranked team in both polls.

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

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  1. Baylor's falling apart and they stay in the top 10.....interesting.

  2. This week's games against TCU and UNM will be interesting, both road games (not good). TCU is 4-0 at home, which makes them a significant threat given how the Rebels play outside the T&M. New Mexico is on fire the past few weeks which will make the SDSU-UNM game really interesting, even at home SDSU could find itself in a tight match. After the Rebels win Saturday I hope their heads are still in the game. No more 6-8 minute scoring lapses. This week will sort the Mt. West conference out.

  3. Go, Rebels! It's still a long season, so play for March.