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UNLV out of basketball rankings again, but New Mexico and SDSU grab spot in polls

Rebels on Tuesday host UNR, then hit the road for a Saturday game at Boise State


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UNLV forward Anthony Bennett dunks during their game against Wyoming Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 62-50.

UNLV vs. Wyoming: Jan. 24, 2013

UNLV guard Anthony Marshall is fouled by Wyoming forward Larry Nance while contesting a rebound during their game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV basketball team didn’t crack the top 25 for a second consecutive week in either major poll, but Mountain West Conference foes New Mexico and San Diego State each are ranked.

Despite winning their lone game last week, a 62-50 victory against Wyoming, the Rebels (16-4, 3-2 Mountain West) didn’t do enough to regain a spot in the rankings, which are released each Monday. The Rebels fell into the ‘others receiving votes’ category in both the Associated Press rankings and in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

UNLV would be No. 27 on each list, picking up 56 votes from the 65-member voting panel in the AP poll, which was 160 points behind No. 25 Marquette. In the Coaches’ Poll, the Rebels received 32 votes, and No. 25 Marquette had 75.

League-leading New Mexico (17-3), despite scoring just 34 points Saturday in a loss at San Diego State, is the Mountain West’s highest ranked team at No. 20. San Diego State is No. 22. SDSU was ranked in the same spot in the Coaches’ Poll.

Michigan moved to No. 1 in the AP poll after previous No. 1 Duke lost last week at Miami. Michigan received 51 first-place votes; No. 2 Kansas picked up 13 first-place votes; and No. 4 Florida received one first-place vote. Duke fell to No. 5, Indiana is No. 3 and Oregon, which beat UNLV earlier in the season, cracked the top 10 at No. 10.

UNLV had been ranked in at least one of the two polls every week since the preseason rankings in October until last week. The Rebels host UNR at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center and hit the road for a Saturday game at Boise State.

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  1. Interesting that they are playing their best BB of the season and can't get ranked. RPI @ about 16 makes more sense than 26th by the writers/coaches. I trust the computer more than a bunch of people that dont ever see us play.

  2. Yeah those writers and coaches are stupid, what do they know!

    Seriously...the rankings are just opinions of others. No need to put such emphasis on it week after week. Wins and losses should be your focus, few take UNLV seriously outside of Nevada and the sooner you come to grips with this, the sooner you'll focus more on the actuals instead of the opinions.

  3. No big deal. Rebs have the potential to get on a lengthy win streak. "If" they keep their heads down and continue to get things figured out, they should have a pretty decent ranking come March.

  4. The only thing that matters is what these guys do in the next game, and then the game after that. Worrying about rankings or even where they'll be playing in March does no good. One thing at time, Rebs. You got this.

  5. Being ranked has its merits; when it comes to recruiting and a level of consistency perceived by the AP and Coaches Poll for seeding and on the other hand they are just opinions that are often mailed in based on popularity.

  6. The only thing that matters is where the Rebels are ranked at the end of the season (which should be pretty high).

    Also, the future is very bright. This year, they're in the running for Jermaine Lawrence. Next year, they're in the running for Jordan McLaughlin, Shaqquan Aaron, Malik Pope, Stanley Johnson and Dwayne Morgan. In 2015, they're in the running for Stephen Zimmerman, Chase Jeter, and Ivan Rabb. In 2016, they're in the running for Kassoum Yakwe.

  7. They're not ranked again because all the other coaches know how easy it is to out coach Rice and all the other coaches would have a top 10 team with the talent that coach Rice has on his roster. If you watch the Rebel offense and watch the top 20 offenses you'll se why the Rebels are where they are, actually 27 is still too high for UNLV.

  8. Phillips some of those players you name aren't top players, why do you guys obsess over locals when 99% of the time, our local players can't hold a candle to the rest. Especially those Gorman kids, sheesh, you think that's going to benefit UNLV? You're as bad as their recruiters.

  9. SDSU remains in, while UNLV remains out? The Vegas Hate endures, and yet is as irrelevant as always.

  10. Who cares? To be ranked in the top 25, you must be a top 25 team. The Rebels aren't right now and really haven't been all season. It's what calliber of basketball they are playing in March that only matters...

  11. East coast bias comes when conference play starts. MWC teams beat up on each other, everyone notices. East coast conference teams beat up on each other, no one notices.

    Just keep winning games and playing good ball and that'll go a long way in the end.

  12. everyone, let's all thank danielle for dropping his finger-on-the-pulse, zeitgeisty knowledge all over us. for he truly knows the mood of the nation as it relates to UNLV basketball. huzzah, danni.

  13. Maybe next week... a top 25 ranking...

  14. TeamSG1 (Daniel Jackson) - Every player I've mentioned is rated 4 stars or higher. And, fyi, Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter are the only locals I mentioned. Zimmerman is a consensus 5 star recruit.