Runnin' Rebels Back In The Top 20
Nov. 28, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's basketball team entered both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls on Monday following the Runnin' Rebels' 90-80 win over No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday.
The victory gave UNLV the title at the Las Vegas Invitational after it also defeated Cal Poly (75-52) and USC (66-55) during the week. The Runnin' Rebels defeated Morgan State (92-55) in the first round the previous week.
UNLV, which has a 7-0 record under first-year head coach Dave Rice, has entered the national polls in November for the third straight year. The Runnin' Rebels are No. 18 in the AP and No. 20 in the coaches' rankings this week.
UNLV's win over the nation's top-ranked team in both polls was a first for a Mountain West squad. It was also UNLV's first game against a top-ranked team since 1989, the first during the regular season since 1985 and was the program's first win over North Carolina. The two schools had previously met three times in men's basketball, all at neutral sites.
The Runnin' Rebels will travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., and Wichita, Kan., this week for games at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, and at Wichita State on Sunday.
UNLV was ranked in the top 25 for a total of four weeks last season.