Runnin' Rebels Rise In Rankings
Jan. 23, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV (18-3), which is off to its best start to a season since 1991-92, moved up two spots in the Associated Press rankings to No. 12, and five to No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, which were both released Monday.
This week marks the Runnin' Rebels' seventh of the season in the top 25, which is the highest total number of weeks being ranked for the program in one season since 1992-93, when they were ranked every week.
UNLV won both of its games last week at home: 101-78 over TCU on Wednesday and 80-63 against New Mexico in front of a sold-out Thomas & Mack Center crowd.
The Runnin' Rebels are 2-2 this year against ranked opponents. UNLV defeated then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 26, lost at then-No. 14/16 Wisconsin on Dec. 10, defeated then-No. 19 Illinois on Dec. 17 in Chicago, and lost at then-No. 22 San Diego State on Jan. 14. North Carolina (7/8), San Diego State (13/12) and Wisconsin (25/25) are all ranked this week. Illinois is receiving votes in both polls. UNLV's only loss to an unranked team this season was Dec. 4 at Wichita State. The Shockers are also receiving votes in both polls this week.
UNLV is 12-0 at home for the first time since 1991-92 and will be on the road this week at Boise State on Wednesday, and at Air Force on Saturday. Both games will be televised on the Mtn.