UNLV, which received the news it wanted last week when the Runnin' Rebels learned they could defend their national championship, remained the No. 1 team in the college basketball poll today.

The Runnin' Rebels, who opened their season Saturday night with a 109-68 victory over Alabama-Birmingham just two days after learning the NCAA shifted their probation from this year's tournament to next season, received 45 first-place votes and 1,579 points from the nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.Arizona (6-0), the only other school to receive first-place votes, and Arkansas (5-1) held second and third, while Syracuse (4-0) and Duke (5-1) each jumped three places to be fourth and fifth, respectively.

Three teams joined the Top 25 this week - No. 21 South Carolina, No. 24 Temple and No. 25 Kentucky.

Arizona, which was No. 1 on 19 ballots, had 1,555 points, while Arkansas, which lost to the Wildcats in the preseason NIT championship game, had 1,435. Syracuse had 1,312, 80 more than the Blue Devils, whose only loss was to Arkansas in the NIT semifinals.

Georgetown (3-0) and Indiana (4-1) each jumped three places to sixth and seventh, respectively, while UCLA, Ohio State and North Carolina rounded out the Top Ten.

Pittsburgh led the Second Ten with 957 points and was followed by Alabama, Georgia, Connecticut, Southern Mississippi, Oklahoma, St. John's, Louisiana State, Michigan State and Georgia Tech.

The final five in the balloting were South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Temple and Kentucky.