UNLV BASKETBALL:

Rebels back in national rankings at No. 21 in Associated Press poll

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UNLV guard Justin Hawkins is congratulated by teammates, from left, Anthony Marshall, Oscar Bellfield and Mike Moser after drawing a foul against Illinois during their game Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago. The Rebels beat the 19th-ranked Illini 64-48.

The UNLV basketball team is back in the national rankings.

Following a 16-point victory Saturday against Illinois at the United Center, the Rebels are ranked No. 21 in the newest Associated Press poll, which was released today. Illinois, which last week was ranked No. 19, dropped to No. 25.

This is the second time UNLV has been ranked this season, also breaking into the top-25 three weeks ago following a victory against North Carolina.

UNLV fell short of the top-25 the last two weeks, dropping tough road games at Wichita State and Wisconsin. The Rebels (11-2) host Louisiana Monroe at 7 p.m. today at the Thomas & Mack Center.

San Diego State, which will compete with UNLV for the Mountain West Conference title, received 67 votes in the poll and would be ranked No. 27.

Syracuse is still the No. 1 ranked team and North Carolina is No. 5. North Carolina was ranked No. 1 when it was upset by UNLV.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Nice job UNLV. Also on a side note, way to go 'Cuse!!!

  2. Right around #20 is about where we should be. Still a lot of work to do, and I hope some of the teams ranked higher lose, but many schedules are quite weak going into the holiday break. Good luck tonight with ULM Rebels!

  3. Yep, I agree--the Rebs are certainly top 20 but not a whole lot more until they get a little more consistent. Once they do they should be a steady top 15. But they have lots of work to do.

    If they can get that front line banging like in the last game then they will have something to go to when those 3's inevitably stop falling and that's when they can become top 10.

  4. The rebels when hitting on all cylinders have the baility to be bout top 8-10. Totally new coach, different personality and staff. Situationally the rebs have made some bad plays in games. Once they tighten that up, and determine their go to plays and players they will upgrade. They are still a little undirected on the floor. Lack a lil direction. But I think by March they should be in a rhythm.

  5. PS..What a great guy this Moser is looking like....from his positive attitude, to skills, to hustle, to cheering on his teamates....he appears to be that "GLUE" type of player that can make the difference......Rebs needed to toughen up. Looked a little soft, but looked better against Illinois.

  6. I'm looking forward to the homecoming tonight; it has been a long time and I am glad the rodeo has come and gone. Can anyone tell me what happened to my man Chace during the Illinois game? He looked a bit under the weather. I hope that was it and not that he is hurt in any way. We really need him to produce in order to be a championship team. Congrats to the Rebels for making it back into the top 25.