UNLV basketball:

Rebels ranked 18th in Associated Press poll; forward Moser honored again by league

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UNLV forward Mike Moser and University of North Carolina’s Desmond Hubert fight for a rebound during the Las Vegas Invitational championship game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at the Orleans Arena. The Rebels upset the number one ranked Tar Heels 90-80.

UNLV scores big win against North Carolina

UNLV forward Carlos Lopez celebrates the Rebels' upset of UNC with a court full of fans at the Las Vegas Invitational championship game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at the Orleans Arena. UNLV beat the No. 1-ranked Tar Heels 90-80. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV basketball team’s upset of North Carolina Saturday has landed the Rebels in both national rankings.

The Rebels broke into the rankings for the first time this season on Monday, being ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press poll and No. 20 in the Coaches’ Poll.

North Carolina, which last week received 62 of 64 first-place votes by the AP, dropped to No. 5. Kentucky is the new No. 1 team, followed by Ohio State at No. 2.

UNLV (7-0) beat North Carolina in the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational, capping a 4-0 performance in the event. UNLV also defeated Morgan State, Cal Poly and USC.

In the 90-80 win against North Carolina, the Rebels opened the second half with 14 unanswered points to erase a four-point halftime deficit and never trailed again. Senior Chace Stanback had a game-high 28 points, while Mike Moser continued to dominant the opposition with 16 points and 18 rebounds.

Also Monday, Moser was again named the Mountain West Conference’s Player of the Week. Moser, who last week also won the league award, averaged 13.3 points, 13 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the Rebels’ three games last week. He was 14-of-15 from the free throw line.

The Rebels’ ranking will immediately be put on the line this week when they play a pair of road games — challenging contests on Wednesday at Santa Barbara and Sunday at Wichita State.

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

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  1. Seems about right, except I don't agree with Pitt being higher, and Marquette not having played a good team yet. SDSU almost in the rankings as well. New Mexico nowhere to be seen...

  2. Heretic- Not to be rude....but, uhhhh no. Bilas only made positive comments when he was forced too. Once the outcome looked more perilous for UNC. Jay has routinely bagged the Rebs over the years. Usually each year when we got a seed in the 2A tourney he would complain.. He was afterall with Duke in 1990. Nuff said. But it was sweet music to these ears to hear him be forced to show some praise. :)

  3. I really think Bilas didn't do his work on UNLV players to be honest. He could give you every stat from UNC players and team, but had nothing when it came to UNLV players (He mentioned Moser about twice, and Bellfield once). When he did mention UNLV it was spun in a way that it somehow related back to UNC. It wasn't until the last few minutes that he turned the spotlight. The defense was the difference, and I don't believe he highlighted that at all except that UNC players weren't shooting well...

  4. The Rebels have been off the national radar you get on when you're consistently in the top 20. Yes, there have been a few nice runs, but for the most part they've been a second tier team.

    If the Rebels continue their upward trajectory, worry not about props from the Bilas's of the the world. They will come.

  5. @MWCrob, you could also say the same thing about all the "mid-major" teams on the docket. Butler, VCU, SDSU, Gonzaga, Utah St, Davidson, Wichita St, Creighton, etc. The hard part is getting on the radar and getting teams to play. It's a hard nut to crack, and the BCS teams get priority but I think the landscape is changing because so many of these mid-major teams ARE doing well, many times better than those BCS teams. Look at the A-10 this year, MWC last 2 years, and WCC last few years. However, come selection time, these "mid-major" teams often get terrible seeds come March Madness.

  6. I personally think 18 is too low, but I am happy we are there. Better to be too low than too high, though, more motivation for the team to keep this run going.

    Props to the staff and players for kicking our UNLV pride to a real high!

  7. i kinda wish we had been snubbed and given the #24 or #25 slot. Hopefully Rice does a better job of keeping everyone level headed now that we're ranked.

  8. The ranking is solid. Coach has it right lets stay consistant beat the teams were supposed to and the Rebels will get their due. Feels good to be relevant again and good to show the younger guys coming in UNLV is a winner!

  9. This coming stretch of games are the biggest stretch since Greg Anthony broke his Jaw in 1990. Beating Witchita st, Illinois, and Wisconsin is a tall task, BUT if they do we could end up HIGHLY ranked come tourney time. College Basketball teams can turn around very quickly due to recruiting. UNLV is a easy place to recruit too, and two great season could keep them up near the top for years.

  10. Ranked 18/20 and can't watch the next 3 games! AWESOME!

  11. hey why dont they do it like a wrestle off in high school.if you beat the top ranked team you should be number 1.period.end of story.