Rebels Basketball:

UNLV moves up four spots in both polls, now No. 20 in AP Top 25

Louisville Cardinals, who Rebels travel to face on Saturday, ranked for first time at No. 24

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UNLV’s Derrick Jasper (5) and Tre’von Willis (33) race to a loose ball ahead of Illinois State’s Tony Lewis (34) during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Normal, Ill.

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UNLV's pair of double-digit wins last week right after cracking the Top 25 polls only helped the Rebels move up higher Monday.

After checking in last week at No. 24 in the Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, they moved up four spots in each a week later to No. 20 and No. 19.

Following an 82-51 victory Wednesday at Illinois State and an 82-70 win Saturday night at rival Nevada-Reno, the Rebels are 8-0 for the first time since the 1990-91 season.

The Rebels currently are ranked No. 11 in the nation in RPI, and next play at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Orleans Arena against Boise State (6-1).

Duke (8-0) remained atop both polls as the unanimous No. 1.

As for the rest of the Mountain West, San Diego State (8-0) is now No. 14 in the AP poll following strong non-conference victories over St. Mary's and Wichita State, while BYU (8-0) is up to No. 18.

UNLV still has two marquee games remaining on its non-conference slate — on the road against both Louisville and Kansas State.

K-State (7-1) checked in this week at No. 5 in the AP poll, while Louisville (6-0), who UNLV will face at 9 a.m. Saturday, moved into the rankings for the first time this season. The Cardinals are No. 24 in the AP poll and are unranked in the coaches poll but occupy the second slot outside of the Top 25 with 37 votes.

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  1. Congrats to Coach Kouger and our Rebels. With Steinbeck and Ballfield leading the way there is no way they can be stopped! I just hope Coach lets Kevin Wallace get some play time to drain the three-ball.
    Make some nooooiiisssseee for our boooooyyyyzzzz Rebel fans!!!

  2. Ok, that comment has to be a joke. Or you are the lamest, most fraudulent UNLV fan of all time. It's STANBACK not Steinbeck, BELLFIELD not Ballfield, and KENDALL Wallace not Kevin Wallace. And Kendall is out for the season due to a torn ACL and will certainly not be hitting any "three-balls" this season. Had you followed this team prior to yesterday you probably would have known that. With that said, I'm guessing it's a satirical joke from another teams fan.

  3. AJ_C- My bad on those names. Ive been out of the loop as far as UNLV goes. Thanks for the corrections. Im just so pumped about the Rebels chances this season and I think they could really go deep into the tourney if only Tremayne Willis wasnt still in jail.

  4. hahahahahahahaha.......point taken.

  5. Still laughing about that by the way. Well played.

  6. cblox - Tremayne?? Really?

    Here is some info for you. KENDALL Wallace is red-shirting due to injury. Hope this helps... :(

    http://www.unlvrebels.com/sports/m-baskb...

  7. cblox: Are you from boooooyyyyzzzz?? And "Tremayne" is not still in jail.

  8. Nice work, Rebels!

  9. LOL @ Steinbeck and ballfield. Cblox, I hope you are kidding about those names.

    Stanback. Let's all say it together. Stan-back. Not "stein," not "stanbEck." Stanback. Like if you crowd me, I'm going to juke right, stan-back, and drain a three on you.

    Oscar Bellfield. Bell-Field. Not bAllfield. Bell, like the kind that makes noise. Kind of similar to Oscar driving on Samardo Samuels to ring his bell. http://www.daylife.com/photo/05DD7yI66k4...

  10. I think that is what the Wolfpack announcers were calling Bellfield and Stanback. They were just hurt because UNR couldn't shoot the broadside of the barn as big as the Titanic. Great way to start the season. Beat the Broncos and then we can start worrying about the classless Pitino and his team from Louisville.

  11. And....the Rebels are also ranked #1 in the ESPN Non-AQ (mid-majors) power rankings. Stoked to be coming to town to catch the Santa Claus Barbara game. (Had to throw in some goofiness to comply with the established stupid comment criteria).

  12. Proud of you REBELS! I wish you only Continued Successes!!!!!!

  13. Ryan: Have you asked Kruger what he thinks about the noon (EST)/ 9 a.m.(pst) tip at Louisville. I have often seen west coast teams struggle when the tip is before noon in their home time zone.

  14. " And the first test will come against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Dec. 11.
    "We know what lies ahead of us, in terms of competition," said Pitino. "These teams are good teams. We know what lies ahead next Saturday [Dec. 11] in terms of a basketball team that, maybe outside of Duke, might be the best team I've watched this year." "

    from http://www.louisvillecardinal.com/2.4743...

  15. Louisville has probably the only deeper bench than we do this season that we will play until post-season. However, many are younger players (Sophomores), and we will have a small size advantage.

  16. This is the first time I've ever posted on a UNLV article written by the sun, mainly because i've only read a few.

    First things first... AJ_C I'm absolutely positive you're the craziest, most statistically educated UNLV fan ever, and I say this only because I'm pretty sure your my brother... I apologize for creepin you out if your not who i think you are. (They ARE who we thought they WERE.!.!.!.! hahaha, sorry, A.D.D.)

    second... since I'm convinced your my blood, I'm SHOCKED that you didn't catch the "KOUGER" misspelling in CBLOX first post.

    and FINALLY... clearly CBLOX is not a rebel fan, and maybe I'm just a wolfpack fan who can't stop thinking about our victory over boise state, but something about CBLOX comment leads me to believe he's a BoOOOiiiiYYYYYsssssZZZZe state fan.

    again i apologize to you all if im completely wrong on all this.