No major surprises in college basketball lately, and none in the latest Associated Press rankings: UNLV is the unanimous No. 1 pick for the second straight week, and no change in the first eight teams, either.
UNLV got all 64 first-place votes for a total of 1,600 points in a nationwide poll of sports writers and broadcasters. The Runnin' Rebels easily held the top spot today after last week's victories over San Jose State, Utah State and Fresno State by an average of 28 points.Utah broke into the ratings at No. 23 - the first time the school has been ranked since the 1981 season. The Utes, who are in first place in the WAC, improved to 15-1 overall and 4-0 in the league with the victory over 25th-ranked UTEP on Saturday. Utah has won 12 straight and will put its perfect WAC record on the line when it plays co-WAC leader Wyoming (3-0) in Laramie later this week.
Arkansas, after beating Texas and Texas Tech, stayed second with 1,520 points. UNLV (11-0) will play at Arkansas (15-1) on Feb. 10.
Indiana, Ohio State, North Carolina, Arizona, UCLA and Syracuse held their positions from last week. Kentucky moved from 11th to ninth and St. John's stayed at No. 10 with Sunday's victory at Connecticut, which dropped from No. 9 to 13th.
Seton Hall also broke into the ratings. The Pirates (10-3) advanced to No. 25 despite a loss at home to Syracuse.
Georgia Tech and Texas-El Paso each lost twice and fell out of the rankings. The Yellow Jackets (9-5) were No. 24 and UTEP (10-4) was No. 25.
Ohio State, at 14-0, and UNLV are the only unbeaten major college teams. Indiana is 14-1 and North Carolina improved to 13-1 with a double-overtime victory at Virginia, which slipped a notch to No. 14.
Oklahoma moved up one spot to No. 11 with two victories and Duke won twice and advanced two slots to No. 12. Fifteenth-ranked East Tennessee State, Pittsburgh and Nebraska each moved up one notch, while Georgetown (10-3), after losing to Providence and escaping Boston College, dropped from 15th to 19th.
LSU stayed at No. 20 with two victories and New Mexico State moved up two spots to No. 21 with two wins, while No. 22 South Carolina and No. 24 Iowa slipped after losses.