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UNLV fans: Need to calm your nerves? Read Lunardi

OK, so typically I will not try to give too much pub to these 'bracketologists' during the college basketball season, since all it really is for anyone at this point is a guess. There's still so much ball left to be played.

However, as far as 'if the season ended today' predictions go, ESPN's Joe Lunardi is as reliable as they come.

That's why I'm putting a link up to his latest installment of Bracketology.

Why today? Because from hearing/seeing/reading the reactions of the UNLV faithful following back-to-back 10-point losses, you'd be led to believe that the sky is falling over at Tropicana and Maryland.

It's not.

Lunardi confirms it.

The guy who in my book is as reliable as they come — today, mind you — says that the Rebels, who are 19-6 overall and 7-4 in the Mountain West with wins over New Mexico, BYU, Arizona and Louisville, are a No. 7 seed.

He apparently is a firm believer in the Mountain West being a three-bid league this year. And despite recent losses, UNLV still has a much more impressive résumé than San Diego State, which after Saturday is 18-7 overall and 7-4 in the league.

Lunardi has them matching up with Rhode Island from the A-10 in the first round, with the winner potentially getting a shot at second-seeded Duke.

How coincidental that they could meet 20 years after the 1990 national title run, huh?

My only bone to pick with Lunardi is the site of the potential matchups: Jacksonville.

Going to Jacksonville is essentially going to Florida without really experiencing Florida. Just a personal opinion.

OK, that's all.

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