Runnin' Rebels, Aztecs Trade Spots in National Polls | Sports
The game of leapfrog between UNLV and San Diego State in the national college basketball rankings continues.
A 68-66 loss at Wyoming dropped UNLV (21-4) three spots in the Associated Press poll to No. 14, while a perfect week by the Aztecs (20-3) led to a four-spot jump to No. 13. The same movement happened in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, as the Rebels fell three places to No. 16 and the Aztecs rose three spots to No. 13.
The Rebels endured a travel nightmare getting to Laramie, Wyo., during a massive snowstorm in the Rocky Mountains, not arriving until 12:26 a.m. on the day of the game. Coach Dave Rice told 8 News NOW's Chris Maathuis his team did not have its legs and did not play good enough defense to win.
UNLV and San Diego State both get a week off to prepare to face each other again at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center. At 5-2 in Mountain West play, the Rebels trail the Aztecs by one game for the league lead as the teams jockey for seeding in the upcoming conference tournament.
The Aztecs won the first meeting between the teams on January 14, 69-67, on a last-second layup by Jamaal Franklin.