Nevada-Las Vegas remained the unanimous No. 1 choice and the entire Top 10 was unchanged in the United Press International's college basketball ratings.
The Runnin' Rebels were the undisputed leaders for the third straight week, earning all 36 first-place votes cast by the 42-member UPI Board of Coaches to finish with 540 points. Arkansas remained No. 2 with 476 points.UNLV and Arkansas easily won their only games last week - the Runnin' Rebels with a 92-72 victory over Pacific and the Razorbacks with a 126-89 blowout of Jackson State.
No. 3 Arizona, which surpassed Syracuse a week ago, remained in third place with 433 points to the Orangemen's 428. The Wildcats won their own Fiesta Bowl Classic by beating Pepperdine and Iowa State, while Syracuse pounded Wagner 101-55.
Indiana barely held fifth over Ohio State, finishing with 363 points to the Buckeyes' 362. The Hoosiers won their home Hoosier Classic with victories over Marshall and Ohio, while Ohio State took the Palm Beach Classic with victories over Mississippi State and Miami (Ohio).
No. 7 North Carolina, No. 8 Duke, No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 St. John's also remained unchanged from last week.
The remainder of the ratings underwent a shakeup after losses by Pittsburgh and South Carolina.
No. 11 Oklahoma jumped three positions after victories over Illinois State and Tulsa, and No. 12 Louisiana State moved up one spot after hammering Nicholls State.
No. 13 Connecticut improved two places and fellow Big East member Pittsburgh dropped three positions to 14th.
The only team to drop out of the ratings this week was Alabama. The Crimson Tide were tied for 24th last week but did not receive sufficient support after victories over Towson State and North Carolina-Charlotte.