Nevada Wolf Pack #23 in Associated Press College Basketball Poll
After Nevada’s 74-68 win over Boise State on Saturday, the team improved to 18-3 and has returned to Associated Press top 25 at No. 23, as released on Monday. The Wolf Pack sits atop the Mountain West standings as the only undefeated team in the conference at 7-0.
The Pack received 90 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Pack appeared in the polls earlier this season on Dec. 4 at No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Nevada is the first nationally-ranked team from the Mountain West since March 2015 (Boise State, No. 25 in AP Top 25 and San Diego State, No. 25 in USA Today Coaches Poll).
Prior to this season, the last time the Pack was ranked in the top 25 was the final Coaches Poll of the 2006-07 season on Apr. 3, 2007. Nevada finished the year 21st in that poll. The last ranking in the AP Poll was March 12, 2007 at No. 15. The AP does not conduct an end of the year poll.
In the 2006-07 season Nevada appeared in the Coaches Poll 20 times and attained the highest ranking in school history at No. 9 in the Feb. 27, 2007 poll. The Pack was ranked for 19 weeks in the Associated Press poll that same season.
Prior to this year Nevada has appeared in the national polls in just three seasons; 2004-05, 2005-06 and in 2006-07.
The Wolf Pack will take on Wyoming this Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, Villanova maintained its hold on No. 1 in the AP Top 25, while another bunch of Wildcats found themselves sliding out of the rankings for the first time in nearly four years.
Kentucky slid out of Monday's latest poll from No. 18 after losses to South Carolina and Florida, snapping a 30-game home winning streak for the Wildcats in Southeastern Conference play. That dropped coach John Calipari's Wildcats out for the first time since March 2014 and snapped a 68-week stretch in the poll.
The top three of Villanova, Virginia and Purdue remained the same, with Villanova staying at No. 1 for the third straight week. Duke inched up a spot to No. 4, while Kansas jumped five spots to No. 5 after winning at West Virginia.
(The Associated Press, University of Nevada contributed to this report.)