UNLV basketball:

UNLV basketball moves up to No. 12 in both the AP and coaches’ polls

The Rebels jump five spots, setting up No. 12 UNLV vs. No. 22 San Diego State in the league opener

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UNLV’s Mike Moser, Carlos Lopez, Oscar Bellfield and Brice Massamba celebrate a Karam Mashour dunk against Cal State-Bakersfield during their game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. UNLV won their final non-conference game 89-57.

The UNLV basketball team moved up five spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press and coaches' polls, both of which were released on Monday. It's the Rebels' highest ranking since the 1992-93 season.

The Rebels won one game last week, an 89-57 victory at Cal State Bakersfield. With a 16-2 overall record, UNLV is tied with Murray State (16-0) for the second-most victories for a Division I team in the country, trailing only Syracuse (17-0).

UNLV has won seven consecutive games and eight of its last nine in wrapping up a very successful non-conference season.

San Diego State, who hosts UNLV on Jan. 14 to open Mountain West Conference play, is ranked No. 22 in the AP poll, up two spots from last week. New Mexico didn't crack the top 25 but received the 30th-most votes in the country.

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  1. go rebels !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Top ten after smoking SDSU this weekend... Saturday cant come fast enough

  3. Rebels runnin' on the recruiting trail now too. Who says polls don't mean jack. It puts UNLV in the news if nothing else. Great job guys, time to do some work on SDSU!

  4. Re-bels!

  5. This is such great news for Rebel athletics! I love how this team is succeeding in the win's column and in recruiting simultaneously. It says a lot about the new staff!

  6. In bracketology news: Lunardi has us as a 3 seed, in albuquerque (familiar) against Colorado, and then either Seton Hall/BYU. Love that matchup, except on the other side is syracuse and Kansas St...

  7. But hey, before Syracuse/Kansas State could be DUKE! I like that whole bracket, I think the Rebs could give Syracuse a run for it. Too bad it's not the real thing!

  8. Wow, I was hoping we would move up to about 15; thus, I am pleasantly surprised to see us jump all the way up to 12. We are finally getting some well-deserved respect. Now let's live up to it and go pound SDSU.

    This seems to be another one of those years where there are a lot of very good teams, but no single dominant team in the country. If we continue to gel and play at the high level we've been playing at lately, I can see us making a real deep run in the tourney this year. Exciting times to be a Rebel fan! Go Rebels--beat SDSU!

  9. One game at a time, one win at a time...let's not get ahead of ourselves. It's not about how you rank, but how you finish.

  10. Syracuse is the best matchup for us. They're cupcakes. Would much prefer them over UK by far. Syracuse has been overrated since 2003 so pray with your might that we land them in our bracket because we won't even face them...we'll be facing k state.