Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Monday, March 5, 2012 | 12:42 p.m.
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Las Vegas Sun reporters Ray Brewer and Taylor Bern talk about the UNLV basketball team's 74-63 victory against Wyoming on Senior Night in the regular season finale. They also breakdown next week's Mountain West Conference tournament — where UNLV is the No. 3 seed.
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The UNLV basketball team dropped three spots in both polls Monday, falling to a No. 20 national ranking by the Associated Press and in the coaches’ poll after splitting a pair of games last week.
The Rebels (25-7, 8-5), who play at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center against Wyoming in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals, were ranked No. 17 last week in both polls.
They squandered a 15-point halftime lead last Wednesday and scored just 18 second-half points in losing at Colorado State but rebounded by beating Wyoming on Senior Night to cap an undefeated record in home games.
UNLV, which is the No. 3 seed in the Mountain West tournament, isn’t the league’s only ranked team. San Diego State is ranked No. 18 by the Associated Press and No. 21 in the coaches’ poll, while New Mexico is receiving votes in both polls.
All three teams are likely to receive a bid into the NCAA Tournament, while Colorado State is believed to be firmly on the tournament bubble heading into the this week’s league tournament.