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After going 1-1 last week, Rebels fall out of Associated Press poll


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UNLV guard Justin Hawkins buries his head in a towel during the closing minute of their game against New Mexico Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at The Pit in Albuquerque. New Mexico won the game 65-60.

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UNLV forward Mike Moser dunks on Air Force during the first half of their game Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV basketball team has dropped out of the Associated Press rankings after its loss last week at New Mexico.

In the poll released Monday, the Rebels were one of four teams ranked last week to fall out of the top 25. UNLV, which was No. 24 last week, received 26 votes from the 65-member media panel — good enough for 30th place. No. 25 Marquette received 126 votes.

San Diego State (14-2), which Wednesday hosts UNLV in a crucial Mountain West Conference game, is ranked No. 15. New Mexico (15-2) is No. 19. Boise State (nine votes) and Wyoming (one vote) of the Mountain West also received votes.

Louisville moved from No. 3 last week to No. 1, after previous undefeated teams Duke and Michigan lost last week. Indiana jumped from No. 5 to No. 2, receiving 13 first-place votes. No. 4 Kansas and No. 5 Michigan each got one first-place vote. The four new members of the top-25 are: Oregon, VCU, UCLA and Marquette.

UNLV, however, is still ranked in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll at No. 23. San Diego State is No. 14 and New Mexico No. 21 in that poll.

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  1. Rankings rankings rankings. Perhaps we should just vote for the National Champion...

    Here's how this will play out.

    1) UNLV will slip in and out of the bottom 25 for the rest of the season.

    2) Rebels enter the tourney around 7 to 9th seed.

    3) Rebels lose in the first or second round.

    4) The excuses and finger pointing commences, some will want to replace Rice, others will again optimistically call it a "building block" season (heard that one a few times huh?).

    5) Repeat this series of steps for the next many years.

    6) Congratulations, you have now mastered Rebel Basketball!

  2. 3 loses and everyone is freaking out.

    MWC is a deep conference, San Diego State almost lost to Fresno State at home....

    6 teams have 13 or more wins(UNLV is part of that) the other 2 are above .500

    Fresno State is in a rebuilding year, playing in what could be arguably the best conference this year.

    If any in the top 6 were in the WAC or the PAC-12 we would see them contend for the championship in that league.

    Next Year we get Utah State(14-1), and San Jose State(9-7) when they join, and I know that San Diego State will stay, cause of Boise.

    Now lets hope BYU comes home to the MWC :)

  3. And if that's not how it plays out, Daniel, will you kindly stop your sky-is-always-falling analysis?

  4. The ranking sounds about right. Like I said last week there is a legitimate chance UNLV could start 1-3 and still be in the running at the end because of league parity. An 0-4 would have been crushing however. No one can feel good about how they are playing right now but there is still time in league play to sort things out

  5. They will continue the slide as they lose the next 2 in a row away games. If they make the NCAA tournament this year it will have to be on a Mountaion West Tournament Champion invitation. They will go 1 and done anyway.

  6. Lots of negativity out there. All the hype this season was about Moser, Bennett and Birch playing together. Last game was the first that they all played decent minutes! Give them a couple games before we start freaking out for crying out loud.

  7. The future for the Rebels is very bright. As Rice said on the radio show today, he's building a program to be competitive year after year.

  8. Creep Jackson, why don't you go flush your head down a toilet, rinse and repeat.

  9. Oh my my my, that is brutal, what's up with that....

  10. Sorry about your team losing at home tonight, hosieryboy. Lmfao.

  11. @toonkee, that's ok my Hoosiers did not play well last night, they looked flat. They lost to a disciplined and well coached team. I don't sugarcoat or make excuses why my Hoosiers lost. Just so you know I'll be Lmfao Wednesday night.

  12. Fail ^^