There's no question who are the top two teams in college basketball - Nevada Las Vegas received every first-place vote in both the Associated Press and United Press International polls released Monday, while Arkansas received every second-place vote in AP and all but one of the second-place votes in UPI .
Many of the other ranked teams suffered defeats the past week - including the University of Utah - but did not drop very far because of the losses of others.Coach Rick Majerus' Utes dropped three places in UPI, from 12th to 15th, and two places in AP, from 15th to 17th.
The Utes split their two games last week, defeating UTEP in El Paso, 78-68, then had their 17-game winning streak snapped Saturday in Albuequerque, losing to New Mexico, 68-62.
Still, at 20-2, the Utes are one of only three teams in the country with 20 victories - Arkansas is 22-1 and Bobby Knight's Indiana Hoosiers mirror the Utes at 20-2.
Utah is expected to improve its record with two home games this week, against Hawaii on Thursday and San Diego State on Saturday. Utah defeated both teams earlier on the road.
UNLV is the lone major college unbeaten team, but the Rebels may not be after Sunday. In the biggest game of the season thus far, the Rebels face No. 2 Arkansas on the road.
Ohio State, Indiana and Arizona round out the top five in both polls with Duke being No. 6 in both. There is a difference in the No. 7 spot with St. John's filling that slot in UPI and Syracuse doing so in AP. The two then flip-flop in the No. 8 spot in both polls.
North Carolina is ninth in both polls. Kentucky is 10th in the AP poll but is not ranked in UPI since the Wildcats are on probation and therefore not eligible for the UPI poll. The No. 10 team in UPI is East Tennessee State.
East Tennessee State, which defeated Brigham Young University in both teams' season opener, cracked the Top 10 for the first time in school history.
"People are starting to notice we're not a fluke," sophomore Jerry Pelphrey said.
The Buccaneers improved to 18-2 Saturday with a 94-78 victory over Appalachian State, a game in which Keith Jennings set a Southern Conference record with 19 assists. Jennings also leads the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage at 62.5 percent.
"Now we don't have to spend 30 minutes telling people where Johnson City is," coach Alan LeForce said.