Rebels drop to No. 24 in AP poll; Indiana remains No. 1

UNLV’s loss to unranked Oregon on Friday almost dropped the Rebels out of the Top 25 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. The Rebels fell six spots to No. 24 in the rankings released Monday.

Indiana is still No. 1, although the holiday weekend tournaments caused a lot of change below. Duke moved up three spots to take Louisville’s place at No. 2 after beating the Cardinals in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Michigan moved up one place to third.

The Rebels, who rebounded to beat Iowa State on Saturday, fell two spots to No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

UNLV is among three Mountain West Conference teams in the AP rankings.

San Diego State moved up a spot to No. 23 after beating Southern California and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. New Mexico moved into the poll at No. 25 after beating Connecticut, Idaho and Portland.

Three other newcomers moved into the Top 25 on Monday – Georgetown, Minnesota and Illinois.

Indiana received 47 first-place votes from the 65-member media panel. The Hoosiers host No. 14 North Carolina tonight in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Duke received 18 first-place votes. Ohio State, Louisville, Syracuse, Florida, Kentucky, Arizona and Kansas rounded out the top 10.

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