UNLV basketball:

Rebels remain No. 18 in AP, USA Today basketball polls

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UNLV guard Justin Hawkins argues a call during their game against Jacksonville State Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack. UNLV won 77-58.

UNLV basketball stayed at No. 18 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, which were released Monday morning.

The Rebels were ranked in both preseason polls for the first time in 20 years, debuting at No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the coaches poll. Last week, UNLV moved up one spot in the coaches poll, making the Rebels No. 18 in both polls now for two straight weeks.

Mountain West rival San Diego State is No. 25 in both polls, while Cincinnati, whom UNLV may play on Saturday, is No. 22 in the AP and No. 20 in the coaches poll. The Rebels host Oregon at 6 p.m. Friday and on Saturday will play either Cincinnati or Iowa State.

New Mexico is receiving votes in both polls, and Colorado State got some votes in the coaches poll. UCLA, which gets Gorman grad Shabazz Muhammad for tonight’s game against Georgetown, is No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 13 in the coaches poll. The top three in both polls are Indiana, Louisville and Ohio State.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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