College Basketball Rankings: Lobos Fall, Runnin' Rebels Climb In Latest AP Poll

LAS VEGAS NV - JANUARY 22: Kendall Williams #10 of the New Mexico Lobos brings the ball up the court during a game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center January 22 2011 in Las Vegas Nevada. UNLV won 63-62. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The New Mexico Lobos watched as their short stay on the Top 25 disappeared within a week, and meanwhile, the UNLV basketball team eases even closer to the Top 10.

After a seven-game win streak that put them into the Top 25 rankings, the New Mexico Lobos (22-6, 8-4) have fallen not only from the latest AP Poll, but also from the lead of the Mountain West Conference standings.

The Lobos lost twice last week, falling 63-71 to the Colorado St. Rams (17-10, 6-6) on Tuesday, and then getting blown out 64-83 by the TCU Horned Frogs (17-11, 7-5) on Saturday. New Mexico has two more games to try to prove themselves, but considering their opponents are the Mountain West basement dwellers -- the Air Force Falcons (13-13, 3-9) and the Boise St. Broncos (13-14, 3-9) -- the Lobos' chances of returning to the Top 25 Rankings appear rather narrow.


Related: UNLV, SDSU Move Up In Coaches Poll

Elsewhere, the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (24-6, 8-4) basketball team shed it's No. 21 ranking and hit No. 17 after a week where they not only added two wins, but also jumped to the top spot in the Mount West Conference standings.

Here is a look at this week's Top 10 from the college basketball AP Poll:

Rank Team (1st-place votes) Record Previous
1 Kentucky (63) 28-1 1
2 Syracuse (2) 29-1 2
3 Kansas 24-5 4
4 Duke 25-4 5
5 Michigan State 24-5 6
6 North Carolina 25-4 7
7 Missouri 25-4 3
8 Marquette 24-5 10
9 Baylor 24-5 13
10 Ohio State 23-6 8

For more college basketball as we approach March Madness, visit SB Nation NCAA Basketball.

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