MWC Represents in New Rankings
The Mountain West Conference is still well-represented in the new college basketball polls, but UNLV remains on the outside looking in. The Runnin’ Rebels (14-4) are in the “others receiving votes” category in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN coaches polls. UNLV is the equivalent of #31 in the AP and #34 in the coaches poll, after the Rebels went 1-1 in the past week, losing at #6 San Diego State and winning at Air Force.
Speaking of San Diego State, the Aztecs (19-0) continue to ride the nation’s longest current winning streak and remained at #6 in both polls this week. That is the highest ranking ever for a Mountain West Conference team. BYU (17-1), featuring national player of the year candidate and the nation’s leading scorer Jimmer Fredette, sits at #9 in both polls. The Cougars’ only loss was to UCLA on a neutral floor back on December 18th.
Along with San Diego State, the only other remaining undefeated teams in the country are Ohio State (18-0) and Kansas (18-0). The Buckeyes and Jayhawks are first and second, respectively, in both polls this week. Syracuse (18-1), which suffered its first loss of the season on Monday night to Pittsburgh, is #3 in each poll, while Pitt (18-1) is fourth in the coaches poll and fifth in the AP. Former #1 Duke (16-1) fell to #5 in the coaches poll and #4 in the AP this week after losing its first game of the season, at Florida State last Wednesday.