After getting over the hump against rival San Diego State, UNLV’s next hurdle is finally cracking the Top 10 in the Top 25 polls.
By losing at Wyoming last Saturday, they let that opportunity slip away, but now are again on the doorstep.
San Diego State stayed put at No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, while UNLV (22-4 overall, 6-2 Mountain West) jumped to No. 11 in both that poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll.
UNLV will have a chance now to keep moving up, as it takes its show on the road Tuesday night to face TCU, then on Saturday in a crucial contest with New Mexico in Albuquerque. That game, which tips off at 10 a.m. in Las Vegas, will be the second conference game in Mountain West history to be shown on network TV, with CBS carrying the action. UNLV and New Mexico, along with SDSU, are tied atop the league standings with six games remaining before the conference tournament.
Meanwhile, UNLV sophomore forward Mike Moser, who had 19 points, nine rebounds, six steals and four blocked shots in the 65-63 victory over the Aztecs, was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week.
It was the fourth time this season in which Moser was given the honor, tying him with former Rebel great Larry Johnson for the most Player of the Week honors in one season. Johnson was named the Big West Player of the Week four times during the 1990-91 campaign.