Nevada-Las Vegas, which last week learned it would be allowed to defend its national championship, remained the No. 1 team in the college men's basketball poll yesterday.

The Runnin' Rebels, who opened their season Saturday night with a 109-68 victory over Alabama-Birmingham -- two days after learning the NCAA shifted their probation from this year's tournament to next season -- received 45 first-place votes and 1,579 points from the nationwide panel of writers and broadcasters.

No. 2 Arizona (6-0), the only other school to receive first-place votes, and third-ranked Arkansas (5-1) maintained the positions they had last week, while No. 4 Syracuse (4-0) and No. 5 Duke (5-1) each jumped three places.

Three teams joined the top 25 this week -- No. 21 South Carolina, No. 24 Temple and No. 25 Kentucky.

Arizona, named No. 1 on 19 ballots, had 1,555 points. Arkansas, which lost to the Wildcats in the preseason NIT championship game, had 1,435. Syracuse had 1,312, 80 more than the Blue Devils, whose only loss was to Arkansas in the NIT semifinals.

Georgetown (3-0) and Indiana (4-1) each jumped three places, to sixth and seventh. Rounding out the top 10 are UCLA, Ohio State and North Carolina, which dropped from fourth after losing to South Carolina, 76-74, in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions.

The Hoyas, who have yet to play a Division I team, had 1,164 points, 54 more than Indiana, which rebounded from last week's loss to Syracuse with wins over Notre Dame and Louisville.

UCLA (4-0) has set the school's single-game scoring record twice this season, including Sunday with a 149-98 win over Loyola Marymount. Ohio State has broken the 100-point mark in each of its three games.

Michigan State dropped from fifth to 19th after losing road games to Nebraska (71-69) and Bowling Green (98-85). The Spartans and Virginia are the only ranked teams with two losses.

No. 21 South Carolina is ranked for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

Temple, 19th in the preseason poll, rejoined the top 25 after beating crosstown rival Villanova, 70-57. The game knocked out the Wildcats, 24th in the first regular season poll.

Kentucky, serving the second year of a two-year probation, is ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 1987-88 season. The Wildcats, who have beaten Penn, Cincinnati and Notre Dame, were No. 1 for three weeks that season.