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Rebels still receiving votes in rankings, but not as many as Mountain West foe Colorado State

New Mexico, the league’s lone ranked team in both polls, and San Diego State also ahead of Rebels

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UNLV guard Bruce Dejean-Jones scratches his chin while heading to the bench after fouling out against Wyoming Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV won 62-50.

UNLV vs. Boise State

UNLV's Anthony Marshall (3) and Boise State's Kenny Buckner (42) go after a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won 77-72. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley) Launch slideshow »

The UNLV basketball team isn’t ranked in either major poll Monday for a third consecutive week, after splitting a pair of games last week. And, at least according to voters, the Rebels are the fourth best team in the Mountain West Conference.

The Rebels are still in the ‘others receiving votes’ category of the Associated Press rankings, but the votes they received from the 65-member voting panel has decreased significantly after losing last Saturday at Boise State. Last week, the Rebels (17-5 overall, 4-3 Mountain West) received 56 votes in the AP poll. This week, they got just 13 votes in falling further out of the top-25 — their point total is good enough for 37th place.

In the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the Rebels received 12 votes, or 24 fewer than last week.

Here’s the fact that will be alarming to UNLV fans: Colorado State of the Mountain West, which beat UNLV two weeks ago, received 49 votes.

New Mexico, which UNLV hosts Saturday, is the lone league team ranked in both polls. The Lobos are No. 15 in the AP rankings and No. 16 in the Coaches’ Poll. San Diego State of the Mountain West came in at No. 25 in the Coaches’ Poll and received 17 votes in the AP rankings.

The AP top five are: Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Duke and Kansas.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. I don't think it's alarming that CSU received more votes that UNLV. They beat us straight up and have a better record than the Rebs. Hell at this point I'd put Boise St ahead of UNLV. They may not have as good of a record as the Rebels do but they beat us straight up too and beat Creighton earlier this year. UNLV may have more talent than these teams but they are not a better team.

  2. I'm not really worried going forward. They have five home games and four road games remaining. I think they'll go 11-5 at worst in conference play.

    I also think they will win at least one game in the NCAA Tournament.

  3. CSU being put ahead of UNLV. Not alarming to me.

    "Before the game we came out laughing and stuff, so I think we need to stop that," Bennett said.

    Now that's alarming.