UNLV BASKETBALL:

Rebels fall three spots in both polls following weekend loss at Wyoming

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UNLV guard Reggie Smith, left, drives around Wyoming’s JayDee Luster (1) during their game Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Laramie, Wyo.

The UNLV basketball team dropped three spots Monday in the Associated Press poll to a No. 14 national ranking, falling after losing last Saturday by two points at Wyoming.

In the coaches’ poll, the Rebels fell three slots to No. 16.

Mountain West Conference leading San Diego State, which UNLV (21-4 overall, 5-2 league) hosts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center, is ranked ahead of the Rebels in both polls. The Aztecs (20-3, 6-1) are No. 13 in the AP and No. 14 in the coaches.

UNLV split in a pair of league games last week, topping Colorado State 82-63 at home and falling at Wyoming, 68-66.

The game against San Diego State is the Rebels’ lone this week. The Rebels lost 69-67 at San Diego State last month in the league opener. They are a perfect 13-0 in games at the Mack, winning 11 of those games by 17 or more points.

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  1. That's fair. What's interesting is looking at the schedule this week, if the Rebels can take care of business against SDSU, they very well could jump right back up to where they just were since all the teams immediately in front of them have some tough road games this week. Hopefully, the Rebels can dominate at home once again and get a little payback to the Aztecs. Then they need to figure out how to play the same way on the road.

  2. It's a long race, and it's nice to have our program back at the place where it's taken seriously again. Tough 2-point losses at both San Diego State and Wyoming; the question is, does that mentally wear on the team, or does it motivate them? March is coming!

  3. Wow, I didn't even expect the rebs to be ranked for this many weeks, let alone this high. So a loss on the road and being dropped only a few spots is more than fair! Go rebels!

  4. actually, i don't really think it's fair. our drop in the polls i don't have a problem with, but we lose on the road by 2 in a tough environment to a team with an outside shot at getting into the dance, and sdsu barely beats boise st. AT HOME, in front of their vaunted "show". sorry, their jump is not warranted.

  5. I have to admit actually both AP and ESPN polls were fair to my Rebels this week. Also, Lunardi's Bracketology still has UNLV as a 3 seed. Doesn't mean anything I know but at least the perception that a road loss @ Wyoming is understandable/forgivable is shared by more college hoop observers than I anticipated. And it also means that Wyoming is getting some love, and that's good for MWC basketball

  6. I think it's pretty fair. Wyoming as far as stats go is hovering around top 50 right now, and have played solid basketball this season. Some other teams lost too, which helps (Duke to Miami at Duke, Michigan to Michigan St, Kansas to Missouri, Creighton to Northern Iowa, etc). I expected much worse. Lunardi also didn't change his seeding, still has UNLV at a #3 in Albuquerque.