Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 | 11:20 a.m.
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The UNLV basketball team has dropped out of the Associated Press rankings after its weekend loss at North Carolina.
The Rebels (11-2), who were ranked No. 20 by the AP last week, received 52 votes in this week’s poll to land one spot out of the rankings. No. 25 Kansas State received 149 votes.
North Carolina, despite its 79-73 win against UNLV, received 38 votes.
New Mexico of UNLV’s Mountain West Conference replaced the Rebels in the top 25, using its victory last week at No. 14 Cincinnati to rejoin the rankings at No. 20. San Diego State, also of the Mountain West, is ranked No. 19.
Duke remains the No. 1 ranked team with 63 of 65 first-place votes. Michigan, Arizona, Louisville and Indiana round out the top five. Wyoming of the Mountain West received 28 votes.
The Rebels had been ranked in the previous eight weeks of the poll. They remained ranked in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, falling from No. 17 to 24. San Diego State (17th) and New Mexico (24th) are also in the coaches’ poll.