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Nevada moves up two spots to No. 6 in latest AP Top 25 poll

Tre'Shawn Thurman
Tre'Shawn Thurman and the Wolf Pack are sixth in the nation in the latest AP Top 25. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

A pair of routs, plus a pair of losses by Michigan teams, helped the Nevada basketball team move up two spots to No. 6 in Monday's AP Top 25 poll.

The Wolf Pack beat UNLV by 17 points and Boise State by 20 points last week and jumped Michigan, which lost to Iowa, and Michigan State, which lost in overtime to Indiana.

Nevada (21-1, 8-1 MW) inched just in front of Michigan, edging the Wolverines by 11 points for the sixth spot. Tennessee, Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga and Kentucky are all ahead of the Wolf Pack, which is one spot shy of the best ranking in school history. Nevada was fifth in the poll earlier this season prior to a loss to New Mexico.

The Wolf Pack returns to action Wednesday at Colorado State before hosting New Mexico on Saturday.

Nevada coach Eric Musselman was asked about the national respect his team has received following its win over Boise State. The Wolf Pack dropped a spot the week prior despite a victory.

“When we lose a spot and go from seven to eight, we can’t control it because somebody else is playing somebody else who is highly ranked," Musselman said. "It is what it is. I don’t have the stats in front of me but top 10 in the country from preseason poll until today, we’ve been in the top 10. We don’t really feel that way. We feel like everybody involved in college basketball and has been respecting us. It’s pretty fair what’s going on. We don’t like to drop when we win, but we are a mid-major and we have to fight and scrap for everything we get because that’s just who we are.”

Also Monday, Caleb Martin also was named the Mountain West player of the week after averaging 28 points per game in the wins over UNLV and Boise State. He also chipped in five rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and one block. It is the third honor for Martin this season and the sixth of his career.

AP Top 25

1. Tennessee (48) 20-1 1579 1

2. Duke (12) 19-2 1532 2

3. Virginia (4) 20-1 1478 3

4. Gonzaga 21-2 1423 4

5. Kentucky 18-3 1310 7

6. Nevada 21-1 1228 8

7. Michigan 20-2 1217 5

8. North Carolina 17-4 1167 9

9. Michigan St. 18-4 1051 6

10. Marquette 19-3 1029 10

11. Virginia Tech 18-3 948 12

12. Houston 21-1 838 13

13. Kansas 17-5 809 11

14. Villanova 18-4 801 14

15. Purdue 16-6 697 17

16. Louisville 16-6 561 15

17. Iowa St. 17-5 545 20

18. Texas Tech 17-5 482 16

19. Wisconsin 16-6 462 24

20. Iowa 17-5 242

21. LSU 17-4 205 19

22. Florida St. 16-5 180 25

23. Buffalo 19-3 153 18

24. Maryland 17-6 144 21

25. Cincinnati 19-3 142

Others receiving votes: Washington 135, Mississippi St. 133, Auburn 128, Kansas St 114, Baylor 44, Wofford 15, Lipscomb 5, Syracuse 3.

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