Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 | 10:54 a.m.
The UNLV basketball team still isn’t nationally ranked.
In the weekly rankings released today by the Associated Press, the Rebels (9-2) received 41 votes to land five spots out of the top 25. San Diego State, the Rebels’ league foe in the Mountain West Conference, jumped ahead of UNLV in the voting with 59 votes. If the poll would go to 30 places, SDSU would be No. 28 and UNLV No. 30.
Two weeks ago, following UNLV’s upset of then-No. 1 North Carolina, UNLV vaulted to No. 18 in the poll. However, the Rebels have lost two of their last three games since knocking of North Carolina, falling two weeks ago at Wichita State and last Saturday at Wisconsin.
UNLV returns on Wednesday to the Thomas & Mack Center for the first time since Nov. 22 as it hosts UTEP. The Rebels on Saturday play No. 19 Illinois at the United Center in Chicago.