Fresno State coach Gary Colson said he's taking UNLV in Sunday's matchup with Arkansas - a battle between the nation's No. 1 and 2 teams.
"This is undoubtedly the best ball club ever put together on the college level," Colson said Thursday night after his Bulldogs lost a 113-64 rout to the No. 1 Rebels. "Everything they do is just perfect. I just sat there in awe."Colson said he was at Pepperdine during the Bill Walton era at UCLA, and believes the Rebels are better than those celebrated teams.
"I rate them higher than any team in the history of the game," he said of the Rebels, the defending national champions.
Larry Johnson led all scorers with 23 points, and four Rebel teammates scored in double figures, with Travis Bice, Elmore Spencer and Anderson Hunt scoring 15 points each and Stacey Augmon adding 13.
It was the 30th straight victory over two seasons for the Rebels (19-0, 11-0).
Wilbert Hooker led Fresno State (10-11, 5-7) with 20 points, Dave Barnett had 17 and Doug Harris 14 for the Bulldogs.
Elsewhere in games involving ranked teams, No. 2 Arkansas beat Houston, 81-74, No. 4 Indiana beat Northwestern 105-74, No. 5 Arizona lost to Southern California 87-83, No. 6 Duke beat No. 11 Virginia 86-74, No. 9 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 90-72, No. 12 Southern Mississippi beat Appalachian State 98-74, No. 14 UCLA beat Arizona State 64-44, No. 17 Utah beat Hawaii 80-60, and No. 25 Michigan State lost to Iowa 71-67.